Michelle Deshaw

Counselling Services

Counselling for Children, Teens, and Adults

I specialize in working with these concerns:

  • Anxiety (Social Anxiety, Perfectionism, Phobias)
  • Low Mood/Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD
  • Trichotillomania/Tic Disorder
  • Self Esteem/Self Worth
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • ADHD
  • School Avoidance or Refusal
  • Divorce and Custody Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-Harm/Suicidal Ideation
  • LGBTQ2S and Transgender Issues
  • Stress and Burn-out
  • Family Difficulties
  • Parenting Strategies (parenting anxious children/effective discipline)
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood concerns
  • Insomnia
  • Career and Life Transitions
  • Relationship Difficulties, Impact of Narcissistic abuse
  • Self Esteem and Feelings of Self-Worth

Diversity and anti-oppressive practice are key values of mine. I aspire to be an ally of LGB2TQIA+ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) individuals. I use the pronouns she/her.

I am trained in these therapeutic approaches:

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • CBT-I for Insomnia
  • ERP (Exposure Response Prevention)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • SPACE (Supportive Parenting of Anxious Child Emotions; learn more
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Trauma-Focused CBT
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy)
  • COS-Attachment Based Theory (Circle of Security Training)
  • Perinatal and Postpartum Maternal Mental Health


  • Masters of Counselling Psychology, University of Victoria
  • Diploma in Counselling/Guidance Studies, UBC
  • Diploma in Education, UBC
  • Bachelor of Arts- Psychology, University of Victoria

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