About

About Shelley Coates RTC, MTC
Relationship & Couples Therapist

Relationship therapist for individuals and couples with offices in Ladner
and White Rock, BC

My Relationship, Marriage and Couples Counselling Style

  • I am active and engaging with my therapy clients. I work hard to help my clients find new ways of relating.
  • I am an open and warm counsellor who is comfortable with many types of people.
  • I provide a grounded and centered presence for my clients to in order to help them create loving relationships.
  • I am intuitive. I understand my clients at a deep level, even when they do not understand themselves.
  • I am clear in my communication. I get to the point so that my clients quickly understand what needs to be done. I don’t let my couple clients get bogged down in the counselling sessions, as they do at home.
  • I stay focused on my clients during therapy and contain the space so that they stay on track.
  • I make sure couples therapy sessions are balanced for both partners, so they both feel heard and understood and don’t get caught up in the “blame game”.
  • I hold my clients accountable to themselves and the reasons they told me they came to counselling. I want to make sure they get the results they came for.
Shelley Coates, registered master therapeutic counsellor
Shelley Coates, Registered Master Therapeutic Counsellor

Counselling Training

  • Diploma in Professional Counselling, Vancouver College of Counsellor Training, Vancouver BC
  • Developmental Model in Couples & Relationship Counselling – Certificate
  • Critical Incident Stress Management – Certificate of Training
  • Awareness Integration Therapy – Gestalt 1 – Certificate
  • Awareness Integration Therapy – Gestalt – Certificate

Counselling Memberships

  • Member of the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada Registration # 1021
  • Registered Counsellor with the Crime Victim Services Program of British Columbia.

Previous Counselling Experience

Before I began my private practice in relationships and couples counselling, I was a contract counsellor for the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA). My work there focused on counselling employees whose high-stress job took a toll on their relationships.

I have, therefore, developed an interest and expertise in helping people in emotionally demanding jobs improve their relationships. Without counselling, the relationships of many of the people I have helped would not have survived.I understand that many of us live and work in high stress careers or life circumstances, and I am here to help ensure that these pressures do not negatively affect your personal relationships. In fact, I’m here to help your personal relationships grow, regardless of external stressors or pressures.


Relationships are at the core of who we are and who we would like to become. Through counselling, I can help you navigate the relationship journey and develop a better love.

If you want to have a happier and more fulfilling relationship, contact me to book an appointment. I have therapy offices in Ladner and White Rock, BC. My clients also come from South Delta, South Surrey and Richmond.