Shahla Jalali Mazlouman MA, CCC, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor & Director
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), play therapy, parent child relationship therapy, and expressive and creative art therapies. Her career as a counsellor began 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.
Drawing from her community experiences as well as her training, Shahla is passionate in working with young children and their families to address behavioral concerns, parent child relationships, and help children develop skills for emotional regulation. Shahla believes a strong and healthy parent child relationship can provide alternative parenting strategies as opposed to traditional discipline strategies.
Currently in her practice, Shahla also focuses on supporting individual adults in healing from traumatic events and coping with post trauma symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
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.
In addition to her work as a counsellor, Shahla conducted research on the impact of the creative language in psychotherapy in adults and adolescents. She also has researched language assessments in children with hearing loss.