Shayna Sander
Hello! I'm Shayna. I'm a mom, wife, and counsellor, living with my family in beautiful Squamish, BC.

I specialize in Perinatal Mental Health, focusing my practice on working with new and expectant parents. In my own personal roller coaster of an experience becoming a mother to two little boys, I noticed some pretty substantial gaps in support and education for new and expectant families - particularly in the lack of specialized mental health support services available.

We shouldn't be left to fend for ourselves as new parents, struggling through things until we hit a breaking point where our mental health and relationship take a detrimental hit. 

I strive to provide the support and guidance that I feel was unavailable to me during my own time of need as a new mom.

I have undergone extensive training with Postpartum Support International in order to obtain my Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C). I also engage in continuing education in a variety of areas so that I am able to provide my clients with holistic and dynamic support that makes a difference.

I completed my Master of Counselling Psychology at Adler University and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of British Columbia. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

What I have learned from  in witnessing others, is that when we build awareness of how our mind and body are integrated, and learn how to soothe our nervous system, it can bring about a powerfully healing sense of strength, confidence, and connection to self. We are stuck with ourselves forever so why not dig in and learn how to exist with more presence and ease?  

Prior to starting my private practice in 2019, I worked as a concurrent disorders (mental health and addictions) clinician for Squamish Nation in Squamish Valley, at Quest University as a mental health counsellor for students, at the Bowen Island Family Place, providing support for children and young families, and at Covenant House in Vancouver, assisting youth in gaining confidence and independence as they enter the world of adulthood. I have experience as a behaviour interventionist, providing Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for individuals experiencing anxiety and obsessive compulsive thoughts and behaviours. I have worked on an ongoing basis as a youth empowerment workshop co-facilitator alongside one of my talented mentors, Dr. Jessica Motherwell.

Research strongly suggests that a great fit between counsellor and client is the key predictor of successful therapy. I am an open book and happy to answer any questions you may have about me, my credentials and experience.  


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