We are a team of passionate healthcare practitioners who strive to empower our clients, and to ensure that everyone is cared for, heard and supported.
Our practice is grounded in evidence based research and we are dedicated to ongoing education in areas of pelvic health, obstetrics, transgender care, general orthopedics, and pelvic pain.
We share our ideas with each other to ensure that you receive the most comprehensive care.
Our mission is to help you find yourself.
Make today count.
Shahla Jalali-Mazlouman is the clinical director of Water Lily Counselling. She is a registered clinical counsellor (#11503) and a member with good standing in the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
She holds a Master of Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC. She has completed post graduate training in trauma focused treatments including EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), MBSR (Mindfulness based Stress Reduction), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), play therapy, parent child relationship therapy, and expressive and creative art therapies. Her career as a counsellor began 15 years ago when she started working in the school system where she provided counselling to adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, self-injury and suicidal ideation, and prevention. Her career further developed in the non-profit sector where she supported both adults and children with a history of abuse and trauma. She has founded and directed the team at Water Lily Counselling since 2013.
Drawing from her community experiences as well as her training, Shahla is passionate in working with adults suffering from anxiety, depression, and post trauma symptoms. This includes individuals who may have been injured physically in an accident as well as helping adults overcome anxiety and depressive states as a result of past or current stressful experiences. In addition to her work with individual adults, Shahla also works with younger children and their families to address behavioral concerns and improve parent child relationships. Shahla believes a strong and healthy parent child relationship can provide alternative parenting strategies as opposed to traditional discipline strategies.
As a therapist, Shahla provides a warm, inviting, safe, and therapeutic environment. She helps individuals in rediscovering and rebuilding those parts that may have been lost or bent as a result of traumatic incidents, or daily life stressors. As a firm believer of the power in man’s best friend’s unconditional love, Shahla spends her time out of office training her beloved dog, Eva- a Bernes Mountain dog mix- to join her in her practice. Eva is mastering her skills of Good Canine Neighbor (CGN) and is working towards becoming a certified therapy dog. Shahla believes that animal assisted therapy can greatly help with individual’s coping with difficult emotions and assist in facilitating a faster healing from traumatic events. While fully understanding that this method may not be in every client’s comfort level, Shahla is very excited in introducing Eva to be part of the therapy of individuals who are comfortable to have a canine presence in their session.
My intention is to provide you with a genuine and caring support as we walk together along the journey of healing. Working from a person-centered, trauma informed lens I aim to instill self-awareness in setting personal boundaries and level of safety and trust for clients. Utilizing a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach to care, it is imperative to create a safe space for you to feel authentic support in allowing your voice to be said and heard. I also inform my work using Motivational Interviewing skills, interpersonal mediation, conflict resolution approaches, while expressing empathy through reflective listening, helping clients to identify their goals and values; ultimately creating empowerment, self-efficacy and optimism.
With the mindset of acceptance, I strive to support people in targeting distressing thoughts, feelings, behaviours and reactions by adjusting one’s relationship with those experiences and develop proactive and healthy coping tools, while living a life full of clarity and genuineness. Drawing from mindfulness techniques in my counselling practice, I endeavor to incorporate self-awareness through living in the present moment, without judgement to any associated sensations, to ultimately enhance self-fulfillment and engagement throughout one’s life.
Additionally, I may integrate Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Strengths-Based with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction approaches to focus on the best treatment plan for you. This means collaborative work to enhance strength and capacity and as co-therapist, encouraging you to be your most authentic self. My experience with varying mental health issues stem from anxiety and depression, to concurrent disorders with substance use to more severe psychological disorders. Ultimately, my approach is to create a supportive environment for you to feel validated in your thoughts and feelings, as you learn to understand these emotions and build deep connection to oneself and create the empowered change needed to move forward.
"Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky."