Here to Help Support Children & Families Online in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada

My name is Dallas Shirley. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in helping support children and families dealing with grief and loss. I also work with families as they navigate through other life challenges and triumphs.

I have learned grief and loss are not only about death. There is grief and loss in many parts of life. We may lose relationships. We may experience loss if we move or we have to change schools. We may mourn the loss of dreams that did not come true, or the life we once had that is forever changed. Grief is profound and a very real part of our lives. My goal is to provide a safe space to process thoughts and feelings about grief, loss, anger, shame, love, frustration, joy, or any feeling you can think of. We will work together to find healthy ways to express those feelings.

When we struggle with emotions we may experience unhelpful and potentially painful symptoms, such as:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Unhelpful anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Experiencing nightmares
  • Difficulties eating
  • Separation anxiety
  • School refusal
  • Impulsivity
  • Big displays of emotion
  • Struggling to self-soothe
  • Difficulties with transitions
  • Physical symptoms (backaches, headaches, stomach-aches)

If any of these symptoms are ones that your child, or a child you know, is struggling with, children’s counselling using play and art therapy may be helpful.

If you are interested in children’s counselling connect for a free 15-minute phone consultation. This phone call will give you the opportunity to learn more about online children’s counselling and if I will be a good fit to help provide support.