Kellie Shamenski RCC LMFT

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Counsellor Kellie

Vancouver Location

Virtual sessions only
Thursday 3pm - 9pm

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Therapeutic Approach 

Having been a client myself for many years, I find that we are all, in our own unique ways, ‘wounded healers’. We developed strategies and principles for working through life’s challenges; we have tried to repeat our successes while learning from our failures. Some of these strategies have worked and some have not. Some of our relationships have worked and some have not. It’s often when we hit a metaphorical wall, either in our personal lives or within our relationships that we realize something needs to give or change now…..perhaps right now.  

Experienced with;

  • Couples Counselling
  • Trauma, PTSD
  • Childhood difficulties
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Attachment Struggles
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting

It can take a tremendous amount of courage to talk openly and honestly with another person about the most tender and sensitive moments of your life. Allowing another human being to really see you, to really hear you, and understand your journey is not only a first step but a tremendously healing one. As your counselor, my role is to be a mirror that allows you to understand your needs, your attachment patterns, your automatic thoughts, implicit rules, beliefs and connect these pieces to the underlying emotions within your body and nervous system. While knowledge in itself is often healing, it is the first step to transformation. We can not change what we are not aware of. This is one reason why mindfulness can be so powerful (additionally, the dual attention of mindfulness is fundamentally calming to the nervous system).

Once we are able to identify your process it is through both practicing new skills and embracing the inner emotional lives that we truly thrive. Sometimes we just need someone to listen and by talking we can work through our struggles. But sometimes we need a lot more than that…..and this is where counseling comes in. Perhaps the time for more is now. As a counselor, I would like to offer you my assistance to clear the path to where you need to be, now.

Credentials, Training & Personal Background I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where I obtained a Masters’ Degree and license in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. After graduating I worked in residential facilities with adolescents referred by the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and Los Angeles County Probation. I then worked in Pasadena as an onsite therapist at a special school for Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) children and teens. Several years later I moved to Manhattan and obtained a New York state license in Marriage and Family.

It was while working in a New York private practice with individuals and couples that I truly thrived. I enrolled in additional coursework at the prestigious ‘Ackerman Institute for the Family’ while continuing to delve into therapies that addressed the importance of working collaboratively with couples. I found the concept of attachment and bonds in Emotionally Couples Therapy to be very salient, while John Gottmans’ principles of communication were both fundamental and practical. After seven years in New York, my husband and I decided that the best place to raise our twins would be his native home of Vancouver; we are both very pleased with this decision and haven’t looked back since!