Shayla Sima Dube, MSW, LCSW

((She/ Us))
Preferred Name: Shayla

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

Online Therapy

About Me

Sabona (I see you), Wamukelekile (Welcome) and Thank you for being here! I am a mother first, a partner and Zimbabwean Canadian clinical social worker who is interprovincially licensed in AB, BC, ON, NS & NWT. In addition, I am a psychotherapist, a board approved clinical supervisor and a psychoeducation workshop facilitator who has been practicing social work for 13 years. As a decolonizing practitioner, my work is rooted in UBUNTU, centred in intersectional social Justice and anti- oppressive practice. I have spent all the years in my career dedicated to holding space and bearing witness to the sacred stories of diverse children, youth, adults, couples and families of diverse identities, abilities and cultures in the fields of child protection work, mental health and play therapy. I am passionate about the continuous unlearning of colonial ways of knowing, and relearning precolonial and indigenous ways in the spirit of Sankofa in order to heal the colonial social conditioning and intergenerational traumas in re- humanizing ways that cultivate culturally responsive, identity affirming care and collective liberation to all humans.

Education & Experience

My elementary and secondary school education were completed in Zimbabwe and my own grandmother whom I adore was my grade one teacher. After completing high school, I completed a computer course in Bulawayo and worked part time as a Radio Producer Presenter focussed on youth well being. Upon immigration to Canada in 2014, I completed by Bachelors and Masters in Social Work between 2005 and 2010 at York Univeristy, Ontario.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Between 2011 and 2012 I worked in child protection Between Jan 2023 and Jan 2024, I worked in child and youth mental health and in 2019, I opened my private practice that I will be embracing in full time and exploring its expansion as of Jan 15, 2024.

Specialty Area

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


Alberta Blue Cross