Shivani Wells-Shaw, MA

Preferred Name: Shivani

About Me

Shivani believes that her clients are already resilient, that they have an innate capacity to heal, and that their symptoms are adaptive responses to trauma rather than indications of brokenness. She has a passion for helping her clients feel connected and present in their bodies, for exploring the underlying causes of their symptoms and current issues, and for helping clients reclaim their sense of inherent aliveness and wholeness after trauma. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Shivani was in private practice as a trauma-informed yoga therapist for 11 years. She also served on faculty for a number of training programs and taught public yoga and meditation classes. Currently, her main approach integrates EMDR, Inner Child Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing.   As a white, cis-gendered, heterosexual woman, Shivani acknowledges her own privileges as well as the impacts of oppression, discrimination, and racism on others. She strives to practice from a feminist, anti-racist, and LQBTQ2+ affirming lens. Her intention is to create a brave space where all people feel welcome, seen, heard, and respected and where differences can be acknowledged. 

Education & Experience

Shivani has a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She has basic and advanced training in EMDR therapy and is at the intermediate level (second year) of the Somatic Experiencing 3 year training. She has taken numerous continuing education workshops, webinars, and training on such topics as EMDR for dissociative disorders and complex trauma, the polyvagal theory, racial justice, suicide intervention, and more.

Specialty Area

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults


  • English


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