Shawn Marsolais M.Ed., R.C.C.

Registered Clinical Counsellor No. 12479

Shawn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling. She began a career working with children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, and their families nearly twenty years ago. In 2008 she founded a non-profit called Blind Beginnings, and in 2012 she graduated from the University of British Columbia with her M.Ed. Shawn has lived with a visual impairment all her life, and understands firsthand the impact a disability can have on all members of the family.

Based on each client's unique situation, Shawn utilizes a client-centered, strength based, counselling style. Her primary areas of interest include adjustment to disability, personal growth, career exploration and development, grief and loss, low self-esteem, parent-teen conflict, and sport psychology. Shawn has extensive experience providing individual counselling and psycho-educational workshops to children and youth who are visually impaired, and individual counselling and grief and loss support groups for parents raising children with disabilities. She works with youth and young adults to understand their values, skills, interests, and abilities as they explore possible volunteer and career opportunities.

Shawn is a retired Paralympic athlete who still enjoys participating in sport. She provides Disability Awareness presentations to schools, community organizations, and businesses. She is a member of Toast Masters International, Soroptimist International, and she is married and has a young son.

Shawn is a current member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors