About Shannon

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Shannon Dikkema is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor offering Relational Somatic Therapy on indigenous territory in Nelson BC.

Shannon has specialized training in:

  • Relational Somatic Therapy
  • Lead Assistant for Relational Somatic Therapy trainings
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Attachment (Neufeld Institute and Dan Siegel’s Mindsight Institute)
  • Trauma-informed Yoga
  • 200 hour Yoga Instructor training
  • Mindsight for Wellbeing: A Comprehensive Course in Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Trauma and Memory with Peter Levine
  • Healing Sexualized Violence- SE course
  • Attachment Strategies for Adult Relationships- D.A.R.E.
  • Masterclass for Healers- Gabor Mate

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.

Areas of Passion and Expertise

Family of origin difficulties and childhood trauma

Chronic pain (syndromes and diseases)

Parenting information and challenges

Gender-based violence (sexualized violence, domestic violence, emotional and psychological abuse)

Supporting families to support children and youth with anxiety

Relationship difficulties

Healing from traumatic birthing process

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms

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

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BIPOC clients warmly welcomed.

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