Shaofan Bu, M.A.
In the pursuit of wellness and growth, we are often faced with challenges such as life stressors, difficult emotions, traumas, and troubled relationships. I know that these challenges can make you feel isolated, sad, anxious, angry, and hopeless. I also know that an empathic and supportive relationship can help tap into your resilience and empower you to overcome obstacles in your life. I strive to provide a supportive space where you can access your strengths and find the tools to achieve goals that are meaningful to you.
In individual therapy I work with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, obsessions and compulsions. I also work with clients who are dealing with consequences of trauma, loss of loved ones, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships. Psychotherapy, however, is not limited to challenges and difficulties, it can also be a space simply to better understand yourself and make meaning of experiences and past memories.
In the beginning of our journey together I try to understand your current circumstance, strengths and needs, as well as your unique background (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability). Then, we will come to understand the origins and contributing factors of your concerns and co-create a plan to meet your needs. I believe that you are the expert of your own experiences, and we will collaborate with you to come up with plans that are realistic and feasible for you.
My therapeutic approach is integrative and draws from psychodynamic approaches, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Emotion-focused therapy, and mindfulness approaches. In my work, I also focus on the connection that we form together. Patterns that we observe in our relationship is often helpful in understanding experiences and relationships outside in various areas of your life.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and a therapist at CFIR under the supervision of Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including a community mental health clinic, an employee assistance program, a university counselling service, and private practice.
I am actively involved in academic research and teaching. My research focuses on youth sexual health. I have also published research on mindfulness in clinical practice. At McGill University, I have taught graduate-level courses and supervised masters students’ clinical work.
- Anger & Emotion Regulation
- Anxiety & Stress
- Career & Workplace
- Couples Therapy
- Depression, Mood & Grief
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Self-Growth & Self-Esteem
- Sex Therapy
- Sexual Addiction
- Sexuality, Gender & Relationship Diversity
- Substance Use
- Trauma Psychology & PTSD
- Alcohol & Drug Evaluation
- Attention Deficit & ADHD
- Personality & Interpersonal
- Psychodiagnosis & Mental Health
- Trauma & Dissociation