Sharlene Petigara

Sharlene Petigara

Sharlene offers individual counselling for teens and adults. She maintains a safe space of acceptance and collaboration for her clients. She will support you by understanding and helping you with your challenges while empowering you by celebrating your strengths. Sharlene works collaboratively with you to get you on track and in the right direction.

Approach to Counselling

Sharlene takes a trauma-informed approach to counselling while integrating body-based and attachment theories into her work. She uses range of modalities such as Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. These tools can help in the process of change and provide an environment in which to help you to see things more clearly. Sharlene honours the resilience within each person, and helps them to feel that they have more capacity and choice when it comes to getting the lives that they want. 

Education and Experience

Sharlene has Master’s in Counselling Psychology. With a background in Social Work, Sharlene has had over eight years of experience in supporting individuals facing poverty, oppression, homelessness, and sexual exploitation. She has worked in a culturally-informed practice with Indigenous children who witnessed violence, worked on mental health teams, and currently continues in the trauma and addiction field with Vancouver Coastal Health. Sharlene takes a creative, practical, and empowering approach to ensure that you come away from the session with a sense of clarity and hope for your next steps. 

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