About Tangible Connections

Meet Shannon Gordon, MTC

I’m a daughter, a step daughter, a little sister, an older sister, a middle child, and also the youngest. I’m a woman, a mother, a wife, a friend, and an “ex” of many things. I wear all of these hats with love, joy and pride. I love travelling to far-off lands and experiencing different foods, sights and cultures, but I’m also quite frightened to fly. I love spending time with my family and feeling like I’m contributing to a better world. I’m a true introvert at heart, which has made my career choice a blessing. I get to spend every day in deep, meaningful, one-on-one conversations with amazing and interesting people. All of this fills my bucket and makes me successful at what I do.

My pathway to a career in counselling began at the Justice Institute of B.C. in 2011, where I took several courses offered through the Centre for Conflict Resolution. I was amazed by how the skills I acquired changed my life and how I communicate with others. I was also deeply moved by how open people were about trying to incorporate these skills into their own lives.

In 2015, I began my studies at Vancouver College of Counsellor Training, where I learned about different counselling theories and how to use them. In 2016, I stumbled upon an amazing organization, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) in Vancouver, and I enrolled in their Violence Prevention and Intervention Program. The program challenged me to reassess some of my beliefs, and I continued to learn a great deal from the brilliant women who work there, as well as the ones who accessed its services. I started volunteering on the BWSS Crisis Line and I continued to volunteer as a counsellor there until the end of 2019.

Aside from my volunteer work, I’ve continued my education by taking courses in Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Brainspotting, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) through the Vancouver Crisis Centre, and most recently training with the AEDP Institute. I also receive continued supervision, individually and with a group of incredibly talented counsellors. I continue to be amazed by the different therapies available, and how they have proven to be effective in making changes in my life, as I am a firm believer that I need to experience the therapies I offer in my practice before they are offered to clients.

In 2019 I opened my private practice in Fort Langley, BC and began working with the wonderful people of the Fraser Valley & Vancouver. As life has changed and continues to shift I have moved my practice to Kelowna, BC where I continue to offer my services online to people across BC and look forward to opening an office in the Okanagan.

Click here to schedule a free consultation or contact me directly at info@tangibleconnections.ca or toll-free at 1-833-488-1915.

Shannon Gordon

Master Therapeutic Counsellor

Education & Professional Designations

MTC #2150 – Master Therapeutic CounsellorACCT – Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada – A member in good standing since 2017.

Level 1 Brainspotting TherapistBrainspotting Canada – 2021.

Level 1 AEDP TherapistAEDP Institute – 2022.

Level 2 AEDP TherapistAEDP Institute – 2022 – 2023.

2024

AEDP Seminar: “Liberating the Core Self from the confines of Heterosexist Oppression in AEDP” – Ben Medley and Kate Halliday

2023

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 3: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT STATE 1: THE TOP OF THE TRIANGLE of EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH DEFENSE AND ANXIETY- AEDP Institute.

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 4: Ben Medley, LCSW STATE 2 WORK: THE PROCESSING of CORE AFFECTIVE EXPERIENCE – AEDP Institute.

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 5: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
THE PROCESSING of TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCE & THE INTEGRATION OF TRANSFORMATION INTO SELF STATE 3 & STATE 4 Work – AEDP Institute.

San’yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety – Sanyas.ca

2022

AEDP Immersion Level 1 – AEDP Institute.

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 1: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
HEALING FROM THE GET-GO, UNDOING ALONENESS & THE CLINICAL ROADMAP for AEDP’s TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY- AEDP Institute.

A Competency Based Framework for Effective Supervision Practices – Level 1 – Kristy Higgins, MTC, TIR, MBTI, RTC, RCS.

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 2: Kari Gleiser, PhD
ATTACHMENT & RELATIONAL WORK: UNDOING ALONENESS IN CLINICAL ACTION – AEDP Institute.

2021

Focusing-Oriented Therapy Training: Working with the Child Self Module – Donna Steadman.

Brainspotting: Phase One Training – Brainspotting Canada.

2020

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk on How the Body Keeps the Score: Intensive Trauma Treatment Course (Online Course) – Bessel Van Der Kolk.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk on the Global Coronavirus Crisis: Steering Ourselves and Our Clients Through New & Developing Traumas Course (Online Course) – Bessel Van Der Kolk.

31st Annual International Trauma Conference

  • Disrupted Caregiving Relationships vs. Traumatic Stress: Treatment Implications of Their Differential Effects on the Development of Self, Mind and Brain,
  • Trauma and the Restoration of the Self: Integrating Fundamental Discoveries in Neuroscience with Embodied Self-Awareness and Mindfulness Presented by the Trauma Research Foundation,
  • Rhythms and Regulation: Innovative Approaches to Brain and Body During a Time of Immobilization Presented by the Trauma Research Foundation,
  • Rhythms and Regulation: Innovative Approaches to Brain and Body During a Time of Immobilization Presented by the Trauma Research Foundation.

2019

Focusing-Oriented Therapy Training: Trauma Module – Donna Steadman.

Focusing-Oriented Therapy Training: Dream Workshop – Dr. Leslie Ellis & Donna Steadman.

2018

Finding the Way In: The Fundamentals of Focusing-Oriented Therapy – Dr. Leslie Ellis.

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – Crisis Centre.

2017

ACCT – Couples Therapy Skills and Ethics.

Neurolinguistics Programming.

2016

Diploma of Professional Counselling – Vancouver College of Counsellor Training.

Violence Prevention & Intervention Volunteer ProgramBattered Women’s support Services

2011

Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution – Work Place Focus – Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Negotiation Skills level 1 – Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Resolving Conflict on the Front Line – Demonstrating Leadership at Work – Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Resolving Conflict in Groups Level 1 – Effective Team Dynamics – Justice Institute of British Columbia.

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2024

AEDP Seminar: “Liberating the Core Self from the confines of Heterosexist Oppression in AEDP” – Ben Medley and Kate Halliday

2023

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 3: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT STATE 1: THE TOP OF THE TRIANGLE of EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH DEFENSE AND ANXIETY.

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 4: Ben Medley, LCSW STATE 2 WORK: THE PROCESSING of CORE AFFECTIVE EXPERIENCE.

AEDP Essential Skills 1 – Module 5: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
THE PROCESSING of TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCE & THE INTEGRATION OF TRANSFORMATION INTO SELF STATE 3 & STATE 4 Work.

A Competency-Based Framework for Effective Supervision Practice Level 2 – Kristy Higgins, MTC, TIR, MBTI, RTC, RCS.

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety – Provincial Health Services Authority in BC