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Lotus Rising Trauma Therapy

I have been working as a counsellor in the trauma field since 2001. I have spent most of my counselling career providing support, information, resources, and care to women in or leaving abusive relationships; as well as,  providing support, grounding, and processing facilitation for survivors of sexual assault. I have done extensive cross-training in trauma therapy (you can check out some excerpts from my CV below).

The most important thing to me, in the work we would do together, is that you will feel safe, heard, valued, respected, not judged, and that you have options in your healing journey. Your therapeutic experience can be as individual as you! ​

Warmly,   Cindy

Shabnam Sobhani, MSW, RSW

Master of Social Work, Private Practitioner

Shabnam (she/her) is a clinical social worker with over seven years experience in the trauma field. Shabnam’s practice is rooted in feminist, trauma informed, and anti-oppressive social work. She takes a client centred approach and sees her clients as the experts in their own lives. In her career this far, Shabnam has worked with survivors of sexualizes violence and domestic violence. In addition to an interest in trauma, Shabnam also enjoys working with second generation immigrants, caregivers of those who are chronically ill, those experiencing grief, individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Shabnam is trained in solution focused brief therapy, feminist narrative therapy, and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also draws from mindfulness and self-compassion, trauma specific therapy, body based interventions, and internal family systems (IFS).

The therapeutic relationship is important to Shabnam and she is diligent about ensuring her clients feel safe and comfortable so that healing and growth can occur in a way that feels paced and in the control of her clients.

Cindy Knapton, MSW, RSW, BSW, BA, CCTP
Master of Social Work, Private Practitioner

Licences and Memberships:
Private Practitioner, Nova Scotia College of Social Work ,  Newfoundland & Labrador College of Social Work, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers                                                                       
Certified EMDR Clinician; EMDR Canada and EMDRIA, EMDR International Association                                                                                            
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - PESI 

IFS trained clinician                                       

Cindy (she/her) has developed a practice in a foundation of a Neurobiological Understanding of Trauma, Mindfulness and Yoga-Based Trauma Therapeutic Approach for safety-building and grounding, as well as using tools such as EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and IFS for trauma reprocessing.

Cindy has almost 13 years counselling specifically women who have experienced either sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, or both. In addition to her degrees, she has taken numerous courses and workshops and additional counselling certifications specific to working with trauma impacted individuals.

She has completed her level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute), as well as EMDR Certification (Niagara Stress and Trauma Clinic), Internal Family Systems training (IFS Institute), and she is a certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist (Sundara). 

Cindy has also completed workshops in the Therapeutic Spiral Model (Dr. Kate Hudgins), Shifting Abuse Related Internalizations (Dr. Sandra Wieland), and three levels of Trauma Training with Dr. Janina Fisher, Boston Trauma Institute.