I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and I have been working with First Nations children, youth, and families for a number of years. I started my journey at Spirit Of The Children Society in New Westminster where I developed The Traditional Aboriginal Parents Program (TAPP) and worked with at-risk families involved with MCFD. I have worked at Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society as a Child & Youth Counsellor and most recently I have been providing mental health and substance use services to First Nations men and women within BC Corrections.
If you are First Nations and have a First Nations status number you may be eligible for up to 20 counselling sessions fully funded through the FNHA. For more information on the First Nations Mental Health Benefit visit their website www.fnha.ca where you can also obtain a complete list of Registered Counsellors in your area.
If you would like to apply for funding please email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1. Your full name
2. Your status number (if you do not have a status number, contact the FHNA and they will assist you)
3. Date of birth
4. Email address and phone number
Once we have received this information we will submit a request for funding to the First Nations Health Authority on your behalf and once we have obtained approval we will contact you by email to book your first session. Please note that we cannot begin counselling without PRIOR approval from the First Nations Health Authority. If you have any questions please feel free to call or text Shannon at 604-220-6572