Shannon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Registered Speech-Language Pathologist. Shannon holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle and a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Loma Linda University. Shannon has 17 years experience working in the school system supporting children with communication disorders. She has worked specifically with students who are autistic and/or have ADHD, and has helped families and educators understand the neurodivergent brain. Shannon has worked as a clinical counsellor in the field of substance use supporting adults at various stages of recovery both individually and in groups. In addition to her work at Phare, Shannon is the lead therapist at a pioneering psychedelic psychotherapy clinic offering ketamine treatment for adults with PTSD, treatment-resistant depression, and generalized anxiety.
Shannon approaches her work from an anti-oppressive, de-colonizing, non-pathologizing lens and uses neurodiversity affirming practices. Shannon supports adults who are autistic and/or have ADHD, experiencing challenges with emotional regulation, interpersonal communication, self-awareness, and executive functioning. She provides guidance for clients seeking professional diagnosis, self-diagnosis, and access to affirming resources and supportive communities. Shannon recognizes both the unique gifts and challenges of living as a neurodivergent person in a neuro-normative world and offers an ethical, supportive space where folks can be themselves without masking. Shannon has a particular interest in the use of psychedelic medicines as a healing modality for neurodivergent individuals.
Shannon offers an integrative approach drawing from a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness.