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Shelby Sandford

Registered Social Worker

It takes courage to reach out for support, especially with someone you don’t know yet - thanks for being here. If you’re experiencing challenges related to identity, anxiety, depression, trauma, or find yourself grieving a death/nondeath loss, I strongly believe healing happens in relationship; with others and ourselves. People have the innate capacity to process experiences and achieve personal growth when provided the right supportive environment. My role is to promote this inner healing process by co-exploring your experiences and perceptions and holding nonjudgmental space, so you can understand yourself with compassion. First and foremost, my practice is strengths-based and client-centered, meaning you are the expert on yourself and your life story. I would be honoured to work alongside your inner wisdom towards the solutions you’re seeking. I work from a holistic perspective, acknowledging the interconnectedness of the mental, physical, and spiritual self.


Passionate about critical thinking and lifelong learning, Shelby graduated from Western University with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and a certificate inThanatology. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Alongside her lifelong learning process, Shelby has over 10 years of experience supporting families through the aftermath of workplace tragedy. She has practiced counselling with adults

experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and grieving death/nondeath

losses. As someone who has been personally impacted by traumatic bereavement and PTSD, Shelby knows firsthand the healing power of being heard and understood by a qualified therapist. Shelby has completed EMDRIA-approved training in EMDR. She is certified in Thanatology as well as Conscious Care and Support and works from a transtheoretical approach. She draws most heavily from Mindful Self-Compassion, Attachment Theory and body-based mindfulness interventions.


Client Focus: Adult individuals (18+)

Types of therapy: EMDR, MSC, Body-based Mindfulness

Issues: grief & loss; perfectionism; identity; addiction; anxiety; depression; trauma; suicide.

Specialties: self-worth, developmental trauma, death/nondeath loss, mindfulness,


More than just my work:

I live on a hobby farm; when I’m not at work or in a classroom, you can catch me in

the garden with my chickens and squishy bulldog, Willy.

“Our lives are like the islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine might whisper to each other with their leaves…But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean’s bottom.”

- William James

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