Now there’s a question! Hi, my name is Schareen, and I like to think the universe had a hand in bringing me here to work at Dochas. I was born and raised in Ireland, and my cultural background plays a huge role in guiding my day to day life. So, it was serendipitous and only natural that I ended up working with an agency with a Gaelic name!
I moved to Montreal with my family in my teens, and completed both my College Diploma, and my Bachelor of Arts Degree there. After that I made my way out to Alberta, where I was presented with some wonderful opportunities for growth and learning. Since moving here, I have had the honor of becoming a Certified Family Group Conference Facilitator as per the First Nations Traditional Practice through Blue Quills College. I have become a Certified Addictions Worker, allowing me to specialize my counselling practice to serve those struggling with drug, alcohol, or behavioural addictions/compulsions. And most recently, I am in the final stages of becoming a psychologist by completing my Master of Counselling Psychology degree and being able to register for my practice hours.
I have been privileged to support individuals with a variety of concerns, challenges, and traumas such as; depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD, individuals working in the sex trade industry, personality disorders, STD/STI contractions, domestic abuse, and cognitive challenges, such as FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), brain injuries (both genetic and acquired), learning difficulties, etc. I have worked with families, couples, and individuals.