Shauna Thaler Adeland, BSW, MSW, RSW
Shauna Thaler Adeland holds a Bachelor of Social Work from King’s University College (2003) and a Masters of Social Work from McGill University (2004).
Shauna was first introduced to the concept of Thanatology (the study of death and dying) while pursuing her undergraduate training. During her postgraduate studies, she specialized in grief counselling with particular interests in grieving and overcoming losses associated with chronic health conditions and life transitions.
She is a Registered Social Worker with over 16 years of experience in a wide range of health care settings and offering counselling and support during difficult life moments.
Shauna is a passionate teacher and presenter and has taught at the Algonquin School of Part Time Studies in the Dementia Studies Certificate Program and at Carleton University in the School of Social Work, teaching classes such as Social Work and Seniors, Grief and Loss, and Social Work in Health Care. She speaks in the community on topics related to Grief and Loss, Mental Health, Chronic Disease Self-Management and Wellness.
While at McGill, she completed her thesis entitled, Play Therapy Techniques With Bereaved Children. Originally, Shauna thought her career would focus on children and teenagers. However, an experience navigating the health care system for a family member changed the course of her career path – leading her to a career working primarily with adults with a special interest in grief and loss, caregiver stress, mental health, chronic disease management and diabetes distress, while always supporting clients to develop a new road map to move forward.
During the initial appointment, Shauna’s objective is to make people feel comfortable while telling their stories of what brought them in. The end goals of these first sessions is that clients leave with an initial sense of pride and accomplishment having made a first step on a therapeutic journey.
Shauna pulls from her wide experience to tailor an approach in collaboration with clients to suit their needs and situations that are grounded in evidenced-based practice and may include aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Grief and Loss Counseling, Action and Commitment Therapy and Chronic Disease Self-Management strategies.
Shauna feels fortunate to have been raised in a home that recognized and appreciated diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences. This combined with her education and clinical experience has made her appreciate just how wide-ranging an individual’s needs can be. She believes in the value of learning and partnering with clients for true empowerment, connection and growth within the therapeutic setting.