Joey Shaughnessy

MSW, Registered Social Worker

“I take a holistic approach to practice, considering how our mind, emotions, body and spirit come together to frame our relationship with the world. I believe mental health to be not only the removal of challenges but the creation of an active sense of well-being.”

Joey focuses on stress, men's issues, social skills, self-esteem/identity and perfectionism.

Works With
  • Individuals
  • Adults
  • Youth
  • Children
  • Monday Morning/Afternoon
  • Thursday Morning/Afternoon
  • Friday Morning/Afternoon
  • Saturday Morning/Afternoon
  • Sunday Morning/Afternoon
  • Edmonton: Whyte Ave
  • My Approach

    I work primarily from a feminist-narrative approach to practice, which blends social justice and intersectionality, and understands human experience as positional and embodied. Narrative therapy contributes concepts such as exploring the stories we tell about our lives and considerations of counter stories. I also use ACT to help explore aligning our values and actions. Indigenous knowledge and approaches contribute to a holistic framework that considers the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of life, considering all to be sites of potential change and growth. My framework also draws from concepts in positive psychology, such as vulnerability, self-compassion and gratitude. I seek to support you in creating a sense of resilience and well-being through trauma-informed, strengths-based and anti-oppressive approaches. In session, I tend to take relaxed, compassionate approach. I can be direct or gentle, depending on the context, but I really believe that while challenging, working towards building mental health can also (and maybe should) be fun, silly and creative. Mental health, to me, is an art and a science, and so I like to think about blending evidence-based approaches with expressive activities that seek to promote change. I hope we can work hard together and have fun. I’m open to what you bring to session — whether it’s intense or calm, silly or serious, more formal or full of swearing. I don’t have an expectation about the way you’ll be with me — only that we both come as open as we can to working together in a good way.

  • My Philosophy

    I take a holistic approach to practice, considering how our mind, emotions, body and spirit come together to frame our relationship to the world. I believe mental health to be not only the removal of challenges, but the creation of an active sense of well-being. So, in sessions together, I seek to focus not only on difficulties, but to consider what could be done to increase your resilience and sense of well-being. How we define health can vary widely, and some paths I tend to take focus on gratitude, mindfulness, self-compassion and vulnerability. I enjoy taking an adaptive approach that is flexible to focus on different aspects of your life. Coming from a narrative-feminist approach, I believe in partial expertise — that as a client and a therapist, we both have expertise, but what we know is incomplete. Only together, in collaboration, can we combine our expertise to create a full picture. I consider mental health to be a result of the interaction between a person and their environment and seek to consider how your values, stories about your life, and actions relate to your experiences.

  • My Why

    I decided to become a therapist because I believe our mental health is our connection to the world and the foundation of our relationship to what is around us. However, we do not all equally have access to mental health due to many factors, including systemic injustices. I believe through anti-oppressive therapeutic techniques, we can improve personal mental health while contributing to social justice. Speaking about health can at times include judgement-filled assumptions about what health means and, as a therapist, I'm motivated to help people resist these judgements, define for themselves the life they would like to live and work towards it together.


  • Academic Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Body Image
  • Career or Work-related Issues
  • Children's Issues
  • Chronic Pain/Illness
  • Communication Disorders and Aquired Brain Injury
  • Depression
  • Developmental issues
  • Eating-related Issues
  • Family Relationships
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Learning Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Men’s Issues
  • Neurodiversity/Autism
  • Neurological Disorders
  • OCD
  • Perfectionism
  • Personality Disorder
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-compassion
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual Health
  • Sleep Issues
  • Social Skills
  • Spirituality and Existential Issues
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress
  • Substance Use or Addiction
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Trauma

Therapy Approaches

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anti-racist/Anti-oppressive
  • Art Therapy
  • Eclectic
  • Feminist
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Integrative or Holistic
  • Narrative
  • Narrative-feminist
  • Person/Client Centred
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Somatic Experiencing

Specialized Experience With Allied Communities

  • At risk children and youth
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Neurodiverse

Rates + Direct Billing

Joey’s fees are:

50-Minute Session: $220

80-Minute Session: $330

Our therapy services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance provider or benefit plan. To confirm your plan coverage, please contact your insurance provider.

Joey’s appointments can be direct billed to Alberta Blue Cross, ASEBP, Canada Life, GreenShield and Medavie (which includes Veterans Affairs and RCMP), Manulife, Chambers of Commerce, Claimsecure, Desjardins, First Canadian and Beneva.

Don’t see your insurance listed?

If we’re unable to direct bill your insurance provider, you’ll be able to submit the receipt we send at the end of your session to your insurance provider for reimbursement yourself.

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