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Riverside Counselling (Shelby O’Callaghan)

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  • Individual counselling Individual counselling
  • LGBQ+ Affirming  LGBQ+ Affirming
  • Trans Affirming Trans Affirming
  • Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible
  • Online resource Online resource

At Riverside Counselling, we offer a safe and supportive environment for self-exploration and growth. We welcome all people – regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or religion.

You may be searching for a therapeutic space for yourself, or perhaps for someone you love. We offer individual, couple, and family counselling. Often people seek counselling when old patterns are no longer of service – our skilled guides can help you to identify these patterns and work towards meaningful change.

Our focus is on examining your current life narrative and your “ideal” life narrative and helping you move towards it. We follow a holistic approach to health. Our practice is centered on helping you create balance in all aspects of life (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual) through relationship, connection, and self-understanding.

Let’s start on a path towards your goals and aspirations. You deserve joy, respect, and fulfillment.

We look forward to travelling with you as you navigate your journey.

About Shelby:

Shelby O’Callaghan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. She attended University of Lethbridge and Simon Fraser University and holds a Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology. She has over 12 years of experience working with individuals from age 5 to adulthood, in a variety of settings. She is dedicated to creating a respectful, accepting and authentic experience for all her clients, and utilizes a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to achieve this.

Shelby specializes in postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as grief and loss of a child. She is also highly experienced in alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal ideation; managing life stressors and transitions; parenting support; improving interpersonal relationships; and enhancing self-worth and self-esteem.

Shelby O’Callaghan believes that each person who walks through her door is the author of her or his own unique story, and that each story comprises both profound challenges and personal strengths. She works in collaboration with individuals to help them uncover their strengths and overcome their suffering.
Shelby utilizes evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) to help clients pursue personal growth and emotional wellbeing.

Want to learn more about this service’s work with Two-Spirit, trans, LGBQ+ people?

We invite all service providers listed on MindMapBC  to answer the following questions. These questions were developed in collaboration with community members, researchers, and mental health and other service providers. They're intended to help us understand what a service provider or organization is doing to affirm and support sexual and gender diverse service users.

See below for responses for this listing.

Want to learn more about our screening questions and filters?

Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?


Do you collect and use preferred names (rather than legal names) for all communications?


Do you and your colleagues ask about pronouns and use them appropriately?


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for trans individuals accessing your services?


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit individuals accessing your services?


Do you offer Indigenous 2S/LGBTQ+ specific resources, for example Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers?

—Yes, to some extent

We are knowledgeable about local cultural services available to Indigenous clients, but we do not have specific Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers that are connected to our practice.

Are you and your colleagues comfortable asking relevant questions about gender identity and sexual orientation?


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for LGBQ individuals accessing your services?


Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from mental health conditions?


Do you and your colleagues have experience working with people who identify as living with a disability or chronic illness? Please tell us more about your experience and any training you have received. (For example, do you have experience working with people with diverse physical or cognitive abilities, or those who are living with specific chronic illness(es)?


We have worked with many young people and adults who are living with chronic physical illnesses, as well as diverse cognitive abilities as a result of FASD, ADHD and ASD.

Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?


Are there clear anti-discrimination policies that include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in your organization or practice?


Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in decolonizing their practices and/or organization? If yes, please type below what actions you and/or your organization are taking.


We seek out and engage in continuous trainings and have been gifted cultural teachings from local Indigenous communities to learn and unlearn the barriers that western counselling practices have imposed on diversity.

Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?



107 - 2331 Marpole Avenue
Port Coquitlam, BC
V3C 2A1


Services available in these languages

  • English

Last updated: January 13, 2022
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