Shelly Bonnah, Ph.D., RCC

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Shelly Bonnah, Ph.D., RCC
 Shelly’s experience and area of concentration includes working for victims of all ages who have experienced violence or other traumatic events, as well as for those who have chosen to use violence to harm others.  Shelly also works on behalf of children, to do ‘Views of the Child Reports’ when they are required in Family Law disputes.  Shelly invites individuals of all ages who have experienced violence, traumatizing events, or other forms of adversity--either current or historical.  She has found that when people begin to acknowledge their own history of responses to and resistance against violence, they find that rather than pre-existing weaknesses and deficiencies, they have many pre-existing capacities.   This includes a history of such capacities as courage, determination, and perseverance.  The goal then is that individuals are given the opportunity to talk about the ways they held on and re-asserted their dignity.

Shelly was raised in Northern BC and then Kamloops, and has raised her own children and foster children for more than 25 years.
Shelly’s experience includes over 20 years of direct counselling experience with children, youth, couples and families, consulting with a wide range of organizations, teaching in Universities, clinical supervision and organizational development in the social service sector.  Shelly has also worked with the Centre for Response-Based Practice and her colleagues Allan Wade, Linda Coates & Cathy Richardson for approximately 10 years. Opening an Interior Office is an exciting opportunity to offer direct services in this area to individuals, families, and other professionals.  

Shelly has been actively involved in the ongoing development of working with children and youth from a Response-Based perspective, and understanding how young people respond to, and resist experiences of violence and trauma.  Shelly is a licensed Family Therapist, an author, and a graduate of the Doctoral Program at the TAOS Institute.
Shelly's office is centrally located in downtown Kamloops, BC and offers a quiet, confidential atmosphere.  The comfort, dignity and confidentiality of every individual who enters is of utmost importance to our team.  In addition to face-to-face counselling, Shelly offers Skype or telephone counselling and clinical supervision.
The range of services that Shelly offers include:
  • Individual counselling
  • Couples counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Clinical supervision
  • Crisis management response
  • Organizational / Program Development 
  • Response-based Practice training for professionals
  • Views of the Child reports

Areas of Specialization include:
  • Victims and perpetrators of violence
  • Experiences of adversity and/or trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Family dynamics
  • Couple dynamics
  • Eating and substance related challenges
  • Organizational and Leadership development


Dr. Shelly Bonnah Reaches

Salmon Arm BC