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Meet Our Team

Shannon is a warm, positive and skilled therapist with over 20 years of experience helping children, youth and adults to allow traumatic experiences to shape their lives, but not control them. Through talk therapy, EMDR, restorative dialogue, land-based retreats, writing, play and art, she supports people and communities to achieve post-traumatic growth, explore forgiveness, and reclaim sovereignty over their lives. She has extensive experience providing group and individual therapy to survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking, as well as to Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential school system and other systems of oppression. She also supports law enforcement and legal teams to practice trauma-informed justice, provides expert testimony in court, and offers psycho-educational guidance on victim-offender intersectionality in human trafficking cases. Shannon holds an M.A. in Social Work from the University of East Anglia (UK), a B.Ed from the University of Toronto, a Counselling Specialist Certificate from Queens University and a B.A. in International Development from Trent University. She is registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and a certified restorative justice facilitator. She is also a sought-after public speaker and consultant on key issues in justice and mental health and has spoken worldwide on these topics. As the author of two national bestsellers, Through the Glass (her own memoir) and Out of the Shadows (memoir of human trafficking survivor Timea Nagy), and a New York Times “Women in the World” Recommended Writer, Shannon also offers manuscript coaching and editing, and assists clients to write victim impact, sentencing and support statements for court. Shannon offers services in English and Spanish. Visit her website for more information on Shannon's speaking & product offerings.

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