Shalini Gianchandani is a counselling therapist with over 24 years of experience counselling individuals and families from a wide range of nationalities and socio-economic statuses.
Shalini spent several years specializing in Solution Focussed Therapy, Motivational interviewing, risk assessments, forensic interviewing, family counselling and marital counselling supporting clientele with the necessary services required, using a multi-model approach when working for the Family Services Act of Ontario. Furthermore, her responsibilities included, investigating child abuse with Toronto Police Child Abuse Unit ensuring that children at risk are safe, crisis intervention and improving family crisis situations.
She graduated from Ryerson University, Canada with a Bachelors in Social Work, Minor in Child Psychology and Minor in Sociology and Masters in Psychology. Shalini is passionate in ensuring that individuals and families receive the appropriate intervention and support, while effectively combining professionalism and compassion.
Shalini has much experience counselling clients as a private therapist, a school counsellor and is an affiliate to several EAP counselling services. Shalini was a counsellor for St Francis Junior College, where she provided sessions on several issues faced by youth today for the student body, and used to provide guest lecturers for the post-graduate counselling course in the areas of forensic interviewing, counselling skills for child abuse, and domestic violence.
Shalini has been certified and trained in the following areas:
- Identifying sexual abuse amongst children and youth with Toronto Police services
- Motivational Therapy
- Forensic Interviewing
- Adolescent issues
- Child protection
- Critical assessment
- Parenting with behavioural health interventions to increase parental effectiveness
- Street youth issues
- Impact of maltreatment upon growth and development of young children
- Bereavement counselling
- Solution focused therapy
- Dialectical behavioural therapy
Shalini’s approach to counselling is individually tailored to each client using a variety of treatment models. From defining client goals, to conducting assessments, and maintaining trusting relationships, Shalini’s extensive experience in counselling both children and adults enables her to make a strong connection with her clients.
Masters in Counseling Psychology, Bachelors in Social Work, Major in Child Psychology and Minor in Sociology
Shalini has 24 years of experience in the areas of individual counseling, adolescent, family and couple counseling.