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Shala Symonds

Location: 211 - 3030 Lincoln Ave.

City: Coquitlam

Province: British Columbia


Specialty: Anxiety,Racial Identity,School Issues,Self Esteem,Stress,Stress,Women’s Issues
Demographic Adult 18-64
Services: Telephone,Face to Face,Video
Taking new clients?: Yes
Hello and Welcome! I’m Shala (shay-la), counsellor and social worker located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation). I provide a warm and genuine space for you to show up authentically; whether you’re feeling down and demoralized, determined and energized, or somewhere in between, my intention is to engage with you where you’re at. I am committed to facilitating a safer mental health space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). My lived experience, research background, and social work practice make me well equipped to walk alongside folks struggling with: – workplace burnout – social isolation/ loneliness – anxiety or depressive symptoms – discrimination and/or race-based trauma/ grief – identity – intergenerational trauma – internalized-oppression I demonstrate my values of warmth, kindness, honesty, transparency, empathy, curiosity, reciprocity, and quality connection in my work with clients. I view my clients as the experts of their own lives who, with a little support and guidance, can find balance and an enhanced sense of wellbeing. My practice is rooted anti-oppression, anti-racism, intersectional womanism, and decolonization frameworks. I draw on various evidence-based modalities to provide therapeutic support, some being: – Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) – Strengths-based – Person-centered – Mindfulness Practice – Narrative Therapy – Trauma-informed – Family Systems – Solutions Focused Brief Therapy I tailor my treatment to fit your unique needs and honor your inherent knowledge and lived experiences. If you’re interested in working towards greater self-compassion and healing in therapeutic relationship, please don’t hesitate to reach out!