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Shannon Orell-Bast

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, BSW, RSW

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Hello! Welcome! Thank you for visiting the “Better Now’ website!


A big thanks and shout out to Michelle Alexander for the illustration! You can find her on Instagram @ mishimoodesigns.

If this is your first time searching for a therapist, congratulations on taking the first step to wellness! I know that searching for the ‘right fit’ can be stressful, so I hope the information on the website allows you to get to know me a little better.


Let me tell you a little bit about myself: my education consists of both Policing and Corrections diplomas from Lethbridge Community College followed by a Bachelor of Social Work completed at University of Regina. My past work experience is varied and diverse including employment within the justice system, heath care system, as well as income assistance and disability programs.


As a registered Social Worker since 2007, I have been fortunate to gain experience in a wide range of presenting issues thus requiring varied approaches. In terms of approach, the most important factor to me is the therapeutic relationship between us. I truly show up as my authentic self with the hope it allows you to do the same. The environment is calm, private, and inviting; my hope is that you feel we are sitting together in a positive, warm, and welcoming space.


I firmly believe we start where you are at and what works for you with the hope that you feel safe enough to take me along on your journey. I believe that you are the expert on your life, and my role is to provide you with support and information without judgement. I am extremely client centered and solution focused while being influenced by several treatment modalities including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as dialectical behavioral therapy.


Please reach out by calling or texting 639-382-6100 with any questions or requests for further information. I look forward to meeting you soon!

- Shannon

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