Education and Training
I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2006)
with an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care (2003). In addition to my
formal academics and workshops, I have paid for supervision with experienced
therapists since 2004 to support quality practice. Some of my professional
development training includes: Structural Family Therapy, Emotionally-Focused
Couples Therapy, Sex Therapy, Somatic Transformation, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Gottman Marital Therapy.
I currently operate a private counselling practice in the
downtown Victoria area that I started in 2007. Since 2009, I have been a
Sessional Instructor with the School of Child and Youth Care at the University
of Victoria where I have taught Family Practice courses and the Substance
Use Prevention and Treatment course.
Up until the beginning of 2012 most of my work was in the
non-profit sector where I accumulated varied work experiences since 1994.
Beginning in 2004, I worked as a Youth and Family Counsellor with children,
youth and families on the Peninsula for a community agency. In this position I
helped families with challenges such as separation and divorce, blended-family
reorganization, life cycle transitions, parenting difficulties, anxiety and
depression, grief and loss, youth and family substance use, and self-injury.
Other past work experience includes working in residential programs with
different populations of "high risk" including youth detoxing from
substances, pregnant and parenting young mothers, and youth in care of the
During my Master's training, I completed my first internship
as a Family Therapist counselling families with youth who have concerns related
to substance use and mental health. For my second internship, I focused my
skill development in the practice area of couples counselling.
I have counselled children, youth and families in a
school-based setting, done street outreach with women and youth exploited in
sexualized ways (also known as prostitution), and co-facilitated life skills
groups with young adults in a career exploration program.
Shelley Dewar ReachesVictoria BC