A Designation of BC Association
of Clinical Counsellors
About Shalene Takara, MA, RCC
Shalene Takara, MA, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor licensed by the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC License No. 13254). She holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and has been working in the field of mental health since 2009. She completed her clinical practicum through Fraser Health providing counselling to adults coping with experiences of trauma, drug/alcohol misuse, parenting challenges, and co-occurring and reproductive mental health issues. Since 2012, she has been working for non-profit agencies providing counselling to individuals, couples and families referred by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
Shalene has provided French-language crisis counselling and advocacy support to Francophone immigrants and refugees, and she has co-facilitated men's and women's groups focused on managing experiences of anger using a method developed by Dr. Harry Stefanakis incorporating neuroscience, mindfulness and self-compassion.
Since completing her Master's clinical training, she has continued to deepen her knowledge through ongoing professional development, including training in Narrative Therapy with Dr. Stephen Madigan and Dr. David Nylund, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Dr. Randy Paterson, Domestic Violence Focused Couples Treatment (DVFCT) with Dr. Sandra Stith, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) with Dr. Adele Lafrance and Natasha Files, MSW, RSW, Collaborative Problem-Solving for parenting children with challenging behaviours with Dr. Ross Greene, attachment-based parenting with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma with Dr. Kekuni Minton and Dr. Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) with Dr. Janina Fisher, an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship in couples therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Scott Woolley, and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) with Dr. Dennis Tirch, Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch and Dr. Paul Gilbert.
Shalene conducted research on the psychosocial needs of refugee children/youth, which she presented at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2015. Since then, she has given talks to non-profit management and staff on supporting the needs of refugee families, a subject that garnered much attention during the Syrian refugee crisis.
Shalene currently offers counselling via phone or video Monday-Friday or in-person at her office in Kitsilano on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For more information or to book a session with Shalene, please fill out the form on the Contact page.