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

I completed my Master of Counselling Psychology at Adler University and my Bachelor of Arts 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).
I bring a unique mix of personal and professional experience to the counselling room. Growing up as the eldest child in a large and complicated family, I learned early on that prioritizing and focusing on my own emotional and physical wellness was essential to finding balance and being happy. I was lucky enough to have good counselling support myself through my youth- so influential that I chose to pursue this career path myself. 
My best self-care strategy is to develop small rituals in my day so that I have some built in wellness boosters even when I’m too busy. I am an avid runner, and yoga practitioner and I have spent some years as a run clinic coach and yoga teacher. What I have learned from personal experience, and in witnessing others, is that when we build awareness of how our mind and body interact, it can bring about a powerfully healing sense of strength, confidence, and connection to self.  

Prior to starting my private practice, 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.
Most recently, I have found my niche/specialty area in perinatal mental health. My own experience of being pregnant, having babies, and the transition to becoming a parent and mother ignited a fierce passion in me to focus my practice on supporting other expectant and new mothers and their partners (whatever your family structure may be). Currently I am undergoing rigorous training towards my Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International. I continue to engage in ongoing clinical training and professional development so that I am always able to draw from fresh information and methods. 
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