Shelane is a recent addition to Olds with her husband and three littles. She is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with experience counselling clients of various backgrounds and ages. As a yogi, mother and psychologist, her mission is to help people connect, heal, and live with a greater sense of well-being. Shelane’s counselling approach is trauma-informed, person-centered, and shaped by evidence-based therapies centered on mind-body connection. Some of the therapeutic approaches she use are: Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Narrative Therapy. Get to know Shelane by checking out our recent Q&A.
What prompted you to become a therapist?
After completing my PhD in education policy, I felt a calling toward wellness. While academia filled my thirst for knowledge, my body felt drained. Taking a step away from my intellectual passions, I began to reconnect to my body and community, teaching yoga and working for FCSS in my hometown. The mental health resources were far and few between and the stigma towards mental health was well and alive. In response to this need, I worked for about 7 years in schools providing mental health early intervention and prevention while working towards my Masters in counselling psychology. I graduated in 2022 and started working as a provisional psychologist about 1 year ago.
What is your favourite part about your job?
One of my favourite parts about working with clients on their mental wellness journey is holding open and compassionate space for people to confidently go inward and access their internal wisdom. Somatic based approaches have helped to facilitate these connections and I’m always in awe of people innate capacity for healing.
Are you currently taking new clients? If so, any in specific?
I am taking new clients as I continue to build my caseload in Olds. I work with individuals 13+ through a range of issues: depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, grief, burnout, etc. I have a keen interest in working with people in the helping professions, spiritual seekers and athletes.
How long are most therapy sessions?
My sessions are typically 1 hour long and I offer both in person and virtual sessions. I work in Olds Sunday afternoons and Mondays.
What are the benefits of therapy?
One of the key benefits of therapy is having a confidential and compassionate space to talk and process through hard things. I don’t see my role as someone who has the answers or will in any shape or form try to fix you. My commitment is to hold space for people to reconnect body-mind-spirit to rediscover their own answers to the questions they seek answers for.
For more information on the Carrington Practice, Shelane or to discuss therapy options please email email@example.com.