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Shawnda Johnston


“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge” – Tuli Kupferberg

There are many ways to approach human hardship and suffering.  My goal is to assist you in your journey by providing a safe environment in which to grow and heal.  In both my personal and professional life, I continue to be amazed by how we adapt and persevere through life’s challenges and difficulties. I believe we are not meant to go through this journey alone, and in our difficult times it is important to find extra support.  It is my hope, as a counsellor, to encourage you in this journey and provide you with some extra tools for the road ahead.  

My history includes 20 years of working in non-profit settings with vulnerable children, youth, and adults of various backgrounds.  This experience started in the downtown east side of Vancouver working with high-risk youth and has expanded throughout the lower mainland where my focus has predominantly been in individual trauma.  Over the years people have taught me that change, although hard, opens the door to new possibilities and growth.

As a therapist, I take a person-centred approach to therapy and customize my approach to an individual’s needs.  I am committed to providing a collaborative, non-judgmental, safe environment, as a way to explore new possibilities for growth.  I bring a calming presence and genuine care into sessions, and have found that this provides an openness for deeper understanding, which aids in the healing process.  Finally, it is my sincere hope that therapy will empower you to build the life you want to live.

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and use other counselling theories and strategies, namely, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)., in my practice.

Areas of experience

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Stress
  • Trauma (from childhood, current, and/or situational)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex PTSD
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Disorders of Extreme Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Grief/loss 
  • Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • Domestic Violence + Abuse
  • Low Self Worth + Shame
  • Suicidal Ideation

Credentials and Professional Training

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (Reg# 18424)
  • MA in Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University
  • BA in Child and Youth Care, University of the Fraser Valley
  • BA in Fine Arts, Trinity Western University
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy- Basic Training

  • New Developments in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders: Wisdom from Six Leading Experts
  • EMDR with Dissociative Clients

  • Family Breakdown and the Law

  • Domestic Violence Safety Planning

  • Skillfully Responding to Distress

  • Understanding Abuse in Relationships

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Introductory Course (non-credited)

  • Trauma Informed Practice Training

  • Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI: Level 1)

  • Addictions + Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

3388 Ryder Hesjedal Way, Victoria, BC
#201, 2469 Pauline St. Abbotsford, BC

Phone: 604-807-9759

Fax: 236-470-4478

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Charlaine Robinson

Monday – Wednesday
9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday (online)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Shawnda Johnston

9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Wednesday
9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Melissa Michaud

 Every other Tuesday/Thursday 
3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Rajvinder Heer

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Administrative Hours

Monday – Thursday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm