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
- 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
- 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.