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Shewchuk-Dann & Associates

Psychology Professional Corporation

Dr. Daria Shewchuk

Registered Psychologist
Clinical & Counseling Psychology
Adolescent & Adult Psychotherapy

Client Services 

Dr. Daria Shewchuk(-Dann) provides counseling and clinical supervision services for a variety of issues.

She is experienced and sensitive to gay, lesbian, transgendered persons, and persons from a variety of cultures.

Dr. Shewchuk has worked extensively with First Nations communities and people.

She is Bi-lingual English and Ukrainian.

A fee schedule can be found here (click this link).

A partial list of services is listed below
(please click on the + or title link for more information on each service)

Please contact us to inquire about service not listed.
  • Brief, Solution - Focused Therapies
    Quick Solutions for Quick Resolutions

    Many concerns or issues can be treated in very few sessions, sometimes as few as 2. 
    Dr. Daria Shewchuk is well versed and experienced with solution focused therapies and may be able to help you with resolve your concerns within a few sessions. Long-term counseling is often not necessary. 

  • Children (under 13 years of age)
    Dr. Shewchuk has stopped working with children

    While Dr. Shewchuk spent decades working with children, often in the area of sexual assult or abuse, she is now semi-retired.

    As a result Dr. Daria Shewchuk no longer sees children.

    Although Daria loves working with kids, the record keeping requirements (i.e. the legal and regulatory obligations of a child psychology practice) are too long-term for a semi-retired professional to uphold.

    Dr. Shewchuk is currently working on a book to pass her knowledge in the area of child sexual abuse and assult to the next generation of professionals, as well as a version for the public or layperson.

    This book will be available here (on this website) once it is published, hopefully in early 2017.

  • Youth (preferably 15 years old and up)
    Your teenager does not have to 'talk' with Dr. Daria to be helped; many non-verbal therapies are available.

    Dr. Daria Shewchuk can assist young people through grief, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, anger or anger management issues and more. It is not necessary for a teenager to be willing to do talk therapy with Dr. Daria as she has many other tools in her kit, many non-talk methods. 

    A classic experience is a teenage daughter seeming sullen and unwilling to open up to their mother, father, or guardian. Dr. Daria Shewchuk can assist in this type of situation with non-talk therapies. 

    Suggest: Bring the teenager to Dr. Daria for an initial session to see how it goes. Most often the youngster is willing, often even want to return.

  • Introspection and Personal Growth
    Grow as a human being

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Anxiety
    Dr. Shewchuk offers a variety of Anxiety treatment options

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Depression
    Try a treatment other than talk or medication, non-verbal therapies are available

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Mindfulness
    Helpful in many ways for personal growth and issue resolution

    Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to one’s mental, emotional, and physical experiences in a non-judgmental way, in the present moment. Also critical to the experience of mindfulness is a spirit of compassion toward oneself and life in general. This approach can be used in conjunction with other approaches.

    How mindfulness works to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing has received a great deal of scholarly attention recently. There are thought to be five mechanisms by which mindfulness may help you to achieve improved well-being:

    1. Exposure – by attending to unpleasant states, we learn that they are most often fleeting and not in actual serious danger,

    2. Nonattachment – the act of attending to the present moment without desiring to change it has been shown to be related to improved well-being,

    3. Insight – recognizing that our thoughts and feelings are not necessarily accurate representations of ourselves or reality, and through such insight we may be in a better position to detach from harmful thoughts and emotions,

    4. Relaxation – attending to the present moment mindfully allows us to access higher level needs, and

    5. Integrated functioning – attending to our present state of being allows our bodies to better self-regulate and function in a healthy manner.

  • Substance abuse
    We offer private and discrete addictions counselling

    You do not need a doctors referral to access private individual counselling with an addictions specialist.

  • Grief and loss
    Recover from loss

    What connects and fulfills us can be lost. Those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, of a relationship, of one’s faculties or a preferred situation, know the desperate feeling that cold emptiness can bring.

    Grief takes the time that it takes to heal and it is not simply resolved from encouragement or advice from well-intended family and friends.

    Grief and loss counselling offers a safe and understanding space for sorrow to be felt and understood before it is possible for one’s attention to shift towards a new way of seeing what is lost and what remains.

    Grief is often misunderstood and rushed. After their pain is felt and understood in a compassionate way, grieving individuals are better able to move beyond stillness towards acceptance.

  • Unresolved childhood issues (in adulthood)
    Get past your past

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Physical, Emotional, Sexual abuse and/or Neglect
    Learn new ways to deal with the bad things that have happened to you

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Trauma
    Trauma therapy

    Dr. Daria Shewchuk has created courses and taught graduate level courses on trauma treatment. Working in this area is one of her specialties.

    Trauma therapy needs to include a number of components and works best when the therapist is familiar with different types of trauma, the stages of trauma treatment and the various components which need to be addressed. (which usually requires different approaches for different parts at different times).

    Prompt treatment of children is crucial because the psycho-neuro-biological effects can be profound – if left untreated.

    The components include:

    Psychoeducation – providing information about trauma, symptoms, treatment and answering questions, including providing information about the neuro-biological effects of trauma and what can help that.

    Distress reduction and Affect regulation training – i.e. how to calm yourself, when anxious, having a flashback, strong feelings. The key is learning to handle emotional distress and develop more effective (and healthy) coping skills. This may include relaxation training; Anger management; Addressing flashbacks; Anger management; and Stress management.

    Emotional processing – after a person has developed adequate methods of handling emotional distress and good coping skills.

    Cognitive processing – addressing self-blame, shame, guilt, low self esteem etc.

    Relational aspects – learning how to judge who is trustworthy and in what ways. Helping with interpersonal functioning.

    Identity impacts – addresses “who am I”.

  • Coping with chronic illness
    Learn to new coping strategies

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Interpersonal communication
    Learn to communicate better

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Stress
    Learn to Manage Stress better

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Anger management
    Learn to manage anger better

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Learning more about your gifts and abilities
    Learn more about yourself

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Exploration of one's life philosophy
    Learn more about your morals and values

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Sexuality concerns and issues
    Learn more about your private time

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Reproductive mental health, including perinatal depression, anxiety
    Learn more about your reproductive self

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Behaviour problems
    Learn to manage yourself better

    Dr. Shewchuk empoys various approaches based on each individual. More coming soon...

  • Couples Counseling
    Dr. Daria Shewchuk does not do couple counseling

    Sorry, Dr. Shewchuk does not do couples counseling (marriage or relationship, with both partners present).

    But, she does counsel individuals regarding relationships.

  • Family Counseling
    Dr. Daria Shewchuk does not do family counseling

    Sorry, Dr. Shewchuk does not do family counseling.

    But, she does counsel individuals regarding their family relationships.


Supervision

Professional Supervision is available for all of the areas listed in the Workshops section below. Please inquire with Dr. Daria Shewchuk.

Additionally, Dr. Shewchuk provides in-service seminars training, and workshops, for counsellors, teachers, and medical professionals within the areas listed below. 

  • Working with person suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Complex PTSD
  • Working with persons who have multiple co-morbidities
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Working with first Nations persons/communities
  • Working with Sexual Abusers and their Victims

Teaching

Dr. Daria Shewchuk's teaching experience includes developing and instructing courses in psychology, social work, early childhood education, and counselling children.

Dr. Shewchuk has taught graduate programs in Counselling Psychology at SFU and City University.

She provided field instruction for the University of Calgary, Pacifica Graduate Institute, the University College of the Cariboo, City University and the University of Victoria.

Additionally, Daria taught social work to students at the Alberta Vocational College, Grant MacEwan College and the University College of the Cariboo.

In addition to her formalized teaching, she has conducted numerous workshops and seminars for professionals. 


Workshops

Please note that all our workshops, seminars and courses may be tailored to the population that you serve and the needs of your community. The following workshops have been offered on the past and are periodically offered.

Generally these workshops are geared towards counsellors in the field (e.g. psychologists, social workers, clinical counselors, etc). Participants must have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in an appropriate discipline.
Generally Workshops are divided into four groups, details of each can be found in the links below: 
  • Workshops for the Child Therapist
  • Workshops for the Therapist working with Adolescents
  • Workshops for the Adult and Family therapist
  • Popular workshops tailored to First Nations
  • Workshops for the Child Therapist
    • Counselling children 18 months to 6 years
    • Counselling children 2 to 12 years
    • Therapeutic Storytelling
    • Counselling Sexually abused children
    • Parent awareness of when children may require therapy
    • What is developmentally appropriate child sexual development 
    • When children act out sexually: abuse reactive children
    • Grief and loss
    • Counselling traumatized children - Developmental considerations
    • Working with children deemed to be "behaviour disordered"
    • Introduction to sand tray therapy
    • Introduction to Play Therapy, Intermediate play therapy, Advanced play therapy
    • Conducting bibliotherapy (including how to choose resources, sequence them, and use them for children with difficulties)
    • Teaching social skills
    • Interrupting posttraumatic play and sexually inappropriate behaviours
    • Solution-focused language in the work with children
    • Solution-focused approaches to working with children
  • Workshops for the Therapist Working with Adolescents
    • All of the Above Workshops as well as the following:
    • Developmentally useful counselling approaches with Adolescents
    • Developing Healthy Sexuality; including:
    • What is within the norm and outside of the norm;
    • Sexual abuse and how to promote healing;
    • What is within the norm and outside of the norm;
    • What are personal boundaries?
    • Group participation in boundary exercises;
    • Safe sexuality; and
    • Safety in general
    • How to decide when professional intervention in needed and
    • How to choose a professional to work with
  • Workshops for the Adult and Family Therapist
    • Grief and loss
    • Working with sexual offenders
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a research and treatment review
    • Complex PTSD and its treatment
    • Working with individuals with multiple traumas
    • Working with individuals with multiple concurrent problems
    • Working with individuals who have extreme difficulty in "trusting"
    • Spirituality and counselling
    • Working with First Nations Peoples/Multiculturism
  • Workshops geared toward the First Nations Community
    Please see First Nations  section below for Workshops geared toward the First Nations Community



First Nations

Dr. Daria Shewchuk provides in-service seminars training, and workshops, for counsellors, teachers, and medical professionals in the area of working with first nations persons and communities.

She has provided, and continues to provide, services to a number of first nations communities in Alberta and BC. In addition to services to individuals Dr. Daria is available for on-site mental health services, training, workshops or other professional clinical services as needed.
  • Experience and General Information

    Dr. Shewchuk has worked with First Nations people living in Edmonton’s inner city and in the far north (i.e. the Yukon and Northwest Territory). Daria provided mental health services, under contract, at a northern alberta reserve for 12 years, including consulting, prior to moving to British Columbia. Daria provided specialized treatment for individuals who were experiencing complicated grief, addictions, and multiple, long term abuse “on site” at the reserve. She has, also, provided services “on site” to a number of other Alberta, and British Columbia First Nations communities.

    Daria continues to provide clinical services, consultation, and training to a variety of first nations communities and is available to provide a wide range of services from individual counselling to workshops and training services.

  • Philosophy of Treatment: First Nations

    Treatment of the First Nations people is complicated by the fact that the Native world view is not something that can be generalized to all First Nations people.

    The world view will vary depending on each client’s tribal or band affiliation, personal characteristics, and level of acculturation to mainstream society.

  • Workshops For First Nations Communities
    Dr. Daria Shewchuk has written and previously provided the following workshops and can easily adapt them for your groups' needs:
    • “When Children Act Out Sexually: Abuse Reactive Children” (audio taped) at the first “National Indigenous Sexual Abuse Conference” (in Edmonton)
    • “The Effects of Trauma and PTSD” (a review of the literature and research – including a review of the long term effects of multiple and long term trauma as related to sexual abuse and Residential school experiences, including Postcolonial stress effects) on day one of a two day workshop for native bands.
    • “When Children Act Out Sexually: Abuse Reactive Children” (with a section on Adult sex offenders) on day two of the same two day workshop for native bands as above.
    • “When Children Act Out Sexually: Abuse Reactive Children” A two day workshop of Research on Children with Conduct Disorder
    • “Grief and Loss” A two day workshop geared for Band Social Development Workers
    • “Introduction to Counselling Children” A two day workshop geared for Band Social Development Workers
    • “Sexually Abused Children” A two day workshop geared for Band Social Development Workers
    • “Dreams - How They Can Help You” A two day workshop
    • “Child Abuse” One day training session for reserve school personnel
    • “Child Welfare Training Workshop for Native Child Welfare Workers” One day workshop
    • “Child Sexual Abuse” One day training session for reserve school personnel
    • “Sexual Abuse – Offenders and Victims: Implications for Treatment” Presentation of Research
    • “Normal Child Sexual Development in Teenagers” Half day workshop
  • First Nations Trauma and Rehabilitation: Research

    First Nations peoples have been, and continue to be, subjected to extensive and varied traumas. The psychological treatment of First Nations Persons is often more complicated as a result of these traumas.

    A Brief Review of the Research into the History of First Nations Trauma and Trauma Rehabilitation
    • Historical researchers document First Nations’ history as one of massive trauma, unresolved grief and a legacy of genocide (e.g., Legters, 1988; Braveheart-Jordan & DeBruyn, 1994; McDonald, 1990; Washburn, 1998).
    • In their book entitled Native American Postcolonial Psychology, Duran and Duran (1995) summarize the effects of the colonization. They state:
      Native American people have been subjected to one of the most systematic attempts at genocide in the world’s history. At the beginning of the colonization process in North America there were over 10 million Native American people living on the continent. By the year 1900 there were only 250,000 people left (Thornton, 1986). For over five hundred years Europeans have attempted to subjugate, exterminate, assimilate, and oppress Native American people. The effects of this subjugation and extermination have been devastating both physically and psychologically (p.28).
    • Therapists need an understanding of what Braveheart-Jordan (1995) refers to as the historical trauma and the historical legacy and its profound impact upon the aboriginal people. Part of the traumatic events included the forced removal of First Nations children from their families and the placing of them in “Indian boarding schools” or “residential schools”.
    • The rate of all types of abuse in these “residential schools” was high. However, though information regarding the nature of the abuse suffered by those living in these schools has been narratively documented (Tafoya & DelVecchio, 1996), statistical information on the incidence of abuse has been kept confidential by the Canadian government, and the agencies that the government funds (such as the Provincial Residential School Project, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). The unusual confidentiality around this issue may possibly be due to the numbers of “residential school survivors” taking the government and churches to court for compensation. A search of the literature, review of Canada census, and a review of the First-Nations literature, provided no prevalence rates. In addition, the researcher telephoned various Government of Canada offices and First-Nations agencies. All of which acknowledged the high abuse rates but could or would not provide statistics.
    • Robin, Chester and Goldman (1996) write of the cumulative trauma and P.T.S.D. of First Nations peoples as contributing to the development of addictions and other psychiatric disorders. They note that P.T.S.D. appears to be strongly related to substance abuse, anxiety, and depression (p. 242). However, they also state “as a diagnostic category, P.T.S.D. fails to describe the nature and impact of severe multiple, repeated, and cumulative aspects of trauma common to many {First Nations} communities (p. 246). They suggest that “complex P.T.S.D.” or Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified could be more accurate in describing the nature of stressor criteria for Native communities. 
    • Carol Locust (1995), a researcher from the University of Arizona, has examined the impact of colonization and degradation of the aboriginal peoples culture, lifestyles, social norms, spiritual beliefs, and so on. She refers to a condition similar to P.T.S.D., referred to as Post Colonization Stress Disorder (P.C.S.D.). She notes that the one major difference between the two conditions is that with P.T.S.D., the stress eventually stops. She states that for native people, there was “no relief from the invasion”. The intense suffering frequently results in substance abuse, suicide, motor vehicle accidents, and other unnatural deaths. 
    • Jackson (1999) further notes that “spiritual wounding” is of special note when treating First Nations children. Jackson, the Assembly of First Nations (1994), McCormick (1998), and Mussell, Nicholls, and Adler (1993) note that for treatment to be successful, it needs to be more holistic, evolving around the being of each person. This includes treatment to address the physical being, the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the person, as well as the harmony between each of these and the environment. In addition, LaFramboise, Trimble, and Mohhat (1990) note that First Nations healing often requires individuals to transcend the ego, rather than strengthening it as Western therapies aim to do.
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