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"Be well and live with ease"



Shawna Paris-Hoyte O.N.S.,QC,JD,BCCH, MSW,RSW

Thank you for visiting my website.  This website will tell you a bit about me and the professional services I provide as a psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist (Board Certified), and counsellor. I like to say that, I'm in the business of changing minds and shaping lives. The service I provide to my clients utilizes a holistic, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach to help my clients resolve some of the most significant challenges in life specific to mental health, family-related matters, personal growth, and development.  Utilizing my skills set which includes solution-focused, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, trauma-informed, and motivational we can work together to move you beyond situations, thoughts, and behaviors that are holding you back from living your best life. My services are offered to children (12+), youth, adults, and families in several provinces in Canada. All services are provided virtually and confidentiality is strictly adhered to.

  • Psychotherapy ( Generalist)

  • CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

  • DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness-based Therapy

  • Grief Therapy

  • Couples Counselling 

  • Relational Therapy

  • Hypnotherapy, Meditation & Guided Imagery

  • Clinical Therapy

  • Trauma-focused Theory.

  • Polyvagal Theory & Practice.

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

  • EMDR - pending Sept 2022

EDUCATION (formal)
  • Degrees include: B.A., B.SW, LLB (JD), and MSW

  • Master in Social Work ( Family and Children)

  • Law (generalist)

  • PhD studies ( transgenerational and intergenerational trauma)

  • Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis for Clients and Groups

  • Certificate in Mediation

  • Certificate in Forensic Social Work

  • Certificate in Legal Aspects of Health Administration

  • Forensics and trauma specialty.

My Clinical Skills

I have been an inter-professional and multidisciplinary practitioner as a lawyer since 1995 and as a private practice social worker/psychotherapist since 2007. I added clinical hypnotherapy to my skill set in 2022. As a lawyer, my areas of practice are family law, youth justice, criminal law, child protection, and administrative law (human rights). As a private practice social worker/psychotherapist/hypnotherapist and counsellor, I practice in mental health and addictions and critical trauma incidents. I worked for 15 years in a hospital environment and continue to work for an International ESP and critical incident group.  As a social justice advocate and educator, I teach clinical law practice to third-year law students. I also design and teach courses to social workers in forensic social work practice, cross-cultural studies, law and social work, social work and diversity in Canada, human development and environments, as well as, social work field practice.  


In recognition of my work with children, youth, families, and the Nova Scotian community more broadly, I proudly and humbly share with you that I was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2020 by the Lieutenant Governor and invested in the Order in 2021, I received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Social Workers and Nova Scotia College of Social Workers in 2016, and the distinguished Queen's Counsel designation ( QC) by the Lieutenant Governor in 2011 for my work as a lawyer. I have also received many other accolades and recognition awards for my work as a social worker, educator, and lawyer. See also,




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I offer free 15 minute consults.


Thanks you for your interest.