About Kasi Shan

Going to counselling may be something you have considered or avoided for a long time. It is difficult to open up to someone and share your troubles, especially when these troubles are about sensitive topics like miscarriages, abortions, pregnancy struggles, and difficulties with parenthood. It takes a lot of guts to consider counselling, and I thank you for taking that risk.

Therapy will look different for each person depending on his/her/their needs. Sometimes we will use EMDR to process traumatic memories from difficult deliveries, complicated pregnancies, or childhood traumas. For some clients, we may focus on the internal system looking at what emotions are coming up, and what is needed to feel more settled. Other times, we may focus on providing coping strategies and problem solving to address current struggles.

While our treatment approach may vary, I will remain consistent. My role is to support you. When working with me, you will experience a therapist who is encouraging, patient, compassionate and open to the needs that show up in the therapy setting. We look into all of the coping strategies that you’ve used to survive over these months without any judgement or shame. I believe strongly in collaborative relationships with clients where we work together to establish goals and treatment plans. I aim to work at a pace that feels comfortable and challenging.

Why pregnancy and postpartum mental health?

My love for perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mental health came from my experiences as a counsellor at a postpartum mood disorders program. I supported parents through the wide range of emotional changes that occur during that first year with a baby (e.g. addressing the overwhelming anxiety of the newborn phase, processing our own traumatic childhoods, rebuilding communication with our partners, finding some space to be independent). Unfortunately, parenthood can be incredibly isolating. We live in an Instragram world where we pretend we are doing well and looking top notch, when the majority of us are struggling to keep it together. In therapy, I support parents in accepting the messy and unpleasant.

None of this is easy. It takes courage to acknowledge that things are not going well. There may be many parts of you feeling cautious about asking for help. There may be parts of you that crave doing things independently. Perhaps you are feeling ashamed or angry that you are in this position at all. My goal is not to work against your system, but to help it feel more in control and settled.

If you’d like to see if we’re a good fit, reach out for a free consultation.


Schedule a Visit

Appointments are available online or in person (office in Kitchener, Ontario).

Kasi Shanmukanathan,  MSW, RSW
Kasi Shanmukanathan, MSW, RSW

Licence: Ontario / 824209
School: Carleton University
Year Graduated: 2012

In addition to my schooling, I have received advanced training in:
– Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
– Internal Family Systems Therapy
– Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
– Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
– Emotion Focused Family Therapy

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