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Shayna Sander

Hello! I'm Shayna. 

My focus area of practice is perinatal mental health. My clients are often expectant and new parents who are experiencing anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, grief and loss, difficulties adjusting, birth trauma, and/or challenges in their important relationships. New parenthood is often a time when old wounds resurface as we move into this new important role in our life. Everything gets shaken up - our relationships change, our sense of self changes, and we are running on a lot less sleep! 


As joyful and rewarding as pregnancy and parenthood can be, it can also be equally disappointing and even devastating. When our expectations don't match up with reality it can be really hard to adjust, find balance, and move forwards. Whatever is going on for you, I can provide emotional support, a plan, practical tools, and education to help you on this crazy ride.   

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I completed my Master of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in Vancouver, and have since engaged in ongoing training and education in the area of perinatal mental health. Most recently, I have received my Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International. I continue to engage in perinatal focused training that fit the needs of my clients. I have a special interest in sleep (don't we all??) and am working on obtaining some specialized knowledge and credentials to help clients with their own and their baby's sleep. 

I am a human first, and I aim to be as transparent and real with clients as possible to ensure that we can connect person to person. A good fit between you and me is essential to you getting the most out of 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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