Shirley holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She has over 8 years of experience working with individuals coping with emotional and mental health challenges such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress. In recent years, Shirley has specialized in providing trauma-informed psychotherapy to youth and adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse and of intimate partner violence.Shirley views her clients' knowledge of themselves as the most essential resource in the therapy she provides them. She honours the specific context and impacts of individuals' life circumstances and unfortunate adversities on the development of their perspective and values, coping strategies, wishes and needs. Shirley invites her clients to safely explore their areas of concern and build on their existing skills and resilience towards their identified goals. She utilizes Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy in her practice.
"I aspire to maintain humanism, openness, compassion and a sense of humour both in my professional and personal life. I am inspired by the people around me, including my clients, who teach me time and again the meaning of resilience and courage. I find balance and satisfaction in my life through close relationships, my yoga practice, and my love for art, music, film and good food."