Background and Experience

Shelley Behr has an extensive background and experience working with Individuals, couples and families helping them through their ongoing life transistions through therapy. Her academic background has prepared her to help indivduals through divorce, anxiety, loss, LGBTQ transistions, HIV/AIDS counselling, anger managment, adoption, sexual abuse and more.

Academic Background:

  • Master of Social Work, Yeshiva University - New York, USA

    Thesis: Death and Loss in the Family: A family systems approach to examining change in the family structure after the loss of a loved one.

  • BA, University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC

    Major areas of study: Psychology, English, Family Studies.

  • Pacific Coast Family Therapy Institute - Vancouver, BC

    Two year post Master's level training in family systems approach to individual, couple and child therapy.

  • Continuing Legal Education - Vancouver, BC

    Collaborative Divorce training for lawyers, mental health professionals and financial specialists to create a working team of divorce professionals.

Work Experience:

  • Private practice:  individual, couple, family and child therapist; 

    Collaborative Divorce Coach.

  • Family Counsellor  Project Parent Fraser South: 

    Counselling at risk families, working with MCFD with child protection concerns, parenting plans and supervised access.

  • Sunrise/Choices Adoption Agencies: 

    Compiling home studies for prospective adoptive parents, facilitation of the adoption process, birth mother counselling, post adoption counselling.

  • Medical Social Worker: 

    Surrey Memorial hospital, psychiatry. BC Women's Hospital. Oak Tree HIV/AIDS Clinic.

  • Group workshop facilitator: Family Services of Greater Vancouver: 

    Workshops include: dealing with anger, communication for couples, improving self-esteem, survivors of sexual abuse.

  • Air Canada/Canadian Airlines: Coach, Project Green:  

     on site counsellor working with employees, management and unions to help cope with the transition of the merger between Air Canada and Canadian Airlines. EAP counselling with employees in private practice.

  • Employee Assistance Counsellor (EAP)  

    for several agencies, working with employees on a variety of individual, couple, family or work place issues.

  • Criminal Injury Compensation Program: 

    working with victims impacted by the trauma associated with a criminal incident.

  • Residential Historical Abuse Program (RHAP): 

    working with adults who were sexually abused as children in the residential care/foster care program as children.

  • Non-Insured Health Benefits: Indian Affairs:

     crisis counselling for aboriginal clients: individual, couple, family or child counselling