A Designation of BC Association
of Clinical Counsellors
About Safe Space Counselling Services
Safe Space Counselling Services is a private counselling practice located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC. It is owned and operated by Shalene Takara, MA, RCC, 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.
Shalene 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). She 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, Shalene 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, High-Conflict Couples Therapy with Dr. Sandra Stith, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT for couples) with Dr. Sue Johnson, 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, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma with Dr. Pat Ogden, Dr. Kekuni Minton, Dr. Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, and Dr. Janina Fisher.
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 has garnered much attention since the Syrian refugee crisis.
Shalene works as a family counsellor Monday to Friday in North Vancouver and sees clients at her private practice office in Kitsilano on Thursdays and Sundays.