Shaman Ishak has spent over two decades helping people facing challenging life situations. Shaman has extensive experience working in the areas of couples therapy, addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma.
I am a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers and have over 20 years of experience working with people facing challenging situations. I have a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Public Administration from Queens University.
My passion for therapy began while serving individuals with developmental disabilities for 12 years and subsequently when helping families work through complex issues with the Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services and the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) in British Columbia. My clinical practice serving adult individuals, parents and families was the highlight while working at the Child Psychiatry Unit at BC Children’s Hospital and recently at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital over the last five years.
I especially enjoy working with individuals, couples and families and helping them explore the patterns of behaviour and relationship dynamics that are getting in the way of their mental health and sense of fulfillment in their lives. I have extensive experience in the areas of: couples therapy, addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma.
My clinical expertise is strengths-based, emotion-focused and solution oriented. I use a holistic, person-centered approach to help people identify the layers of “unwellness” that may exist within their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
I am best suited to work with:
- Individuals struggling with mental health, identity, purpose and self-care
- Adults desiring to overcome addiction and destructive behaviour towards oneself, significant partners and family members
- Couples and parents addressing conflict, co-dependence and healthy family goal planning
- Helping families who have a child or teenager struggling with a developmental disorder and mental health challenges
- Assisting couples/individuals and families work through trauma