Resilience: "the capacity to re-organize after disruption, without losing what is essential".

shannon dikkema

Shannon Dikkema is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor offering Relational Somatic Therapy on Indigenous territory in Duncan, BC.

Shannon has specialized training in:

  • Relational Somatic Psycho-Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)- the S.A.F.E. approach
  • Lead Assistant for Relational Somatic Therapy trainings
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Attachment trainings (various Neufeld Institute and Dan Siegel’s Mindsight Institute courses)
  • Socio-cultural perspectives and anti-racism training for somatic therapists through Sensorimotor Institute and Rooted Institute
  • Indigenous Canada cultural training for white therapists
  • Mindsight for Wellbeing: A Comprehensive Course in Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Trauma and Memory with Peter Levine
  • Healing Sexualized Violence- Peter Levine and Diane Poole Heller SE course
  • Attachment Strategies for Adult Relationships- D.A.R.E.
  • Clinical Applications of Polyvagal Theory- Stephen Porges and Deb Dana
  • Working with Hyper-sensitivity/ Parenting the Hypersensitive Child -Neufeld Institute
  • Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course - Rick Hanson
  • Masterclass for Healers- Gabor Mate
  • Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training.

Additionally, she has done a 4 year honours BA in Political Science, Sociology, History and Psychology with a focus on social justice, global social justice and women’s studies courses.

Shannon holds sacred, present space for the more painful and tender experiences in life. She loves to work with people to facilitate them gaining skills and presence.  When we honour and integrate the stress, trauma and pain, we can move into life with more vitality, skills and choices. Her passion is resilience, the growth that can happen when we learn how to be with the less easy parts of life.

Shannon is deeply grounded in the gratitude for being alive, being a parent and spending time in nature. She works to reduce oppression of all types be it abuse, racism or other systematic forms of oppression. She has her own history with somatic counselling work in the client seat and has used embodied mindfulness to heal trauma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and a traumatic post-birth operation.

After 20 years of learning, growing and studying, she is so excited to be offering this gift to others.

LGTBQA2S++ and
BIPOC clients warmly welcomed.

Areas of Passion and Expertise
expanding resilience by being with:

  • Family of origin difficulties
  • Childhood trauma
  • Increasing access to authentic self and self expression
  • Chronic pain (syndromes and diseases)
  • Parenting information and challenges
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Gender-based violence (sexualized violence, domestic violence, emotional and psychological abuse)
  • Healing from traumatic birthing processes
  • Preparing and healing from medical procedures
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (Learn more)
  • Ecological collapse grief/trauma
  • Activist specific grief/trauma
  • Living as a Highly Sensitive Person/ parent of a Highly Sensitive Child
  • Disordered Eating, Body Image issues, Body Dysmorphia, Exercise Addiction

Are you ready to feel more connected and resilient, and let go of anxiety?

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Learn more about how I have adapted my practice to meet current guidelines here.