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Meet Shanique

When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.

- Viktor E. Frankl -

Shanique Victoria

Shanique Victoria



BSc. (Neuroscience & Psychology), MDiv. (Clinical Counselling)


Director, Mental Health, Outreach & Strategy

(Canadian Black Nurses Alliance)

Mental Health Consultant 

(Black Mental Health Canada)

Knowledge Translation Specialist

(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Public Speaker 

I have always been passionate about supporting individuals live their lives to the fullest. Life can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to navigate the various challenges that may arise. Much like a rose that has the potential to grow in the midst of adverse environments; we too, can grow through the hardships of life. Sometimes we just need a little bit of support along the way. I am excited about walking with you as you take command of your journey. I commend you for having the courage to take the first step and reaching out!

New Client Consultation



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Individual Therapy

50-minute individual, person-centered therapy session supporting kids, pre-teens, teens, adults and seniors address

their mental health challenges.

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Couples Therapy

 50-minute compassionate, non-judgmental therapy session supporting couples navigate

their relational challenges. 

Happy Family

Family Therapy

75-minute therapy session for families using a systemic approach and addressing interpersonal dynamics

related to the family life cycle.

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My Approach

I have had the pleasure of supporting a diverse client base with various mental health challenges. I adopt an integrative, multi-disciplinary, person-centered approach with an anti-oppressive, culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed lens. I pull from various therapeutic modalities to tailor treatment plans that address the unique needs and challenges of each individual client. I also support Black and marginalized communities journey towards healing of racial trauma and race-based traumatic injuries that intersect with aspects of one's identity. 

Some of the modalities I frequently use include:

  • cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)

  • dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT)

  • emotion-focused therapy (EFT)

  • solution-focused therapy (SFT)

  • psychodynamic therapy 

  • internal family systems (IFS)

  • family systems therapy 

  • eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

  • narrative therapy, and 

  • acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Shanique Victoria Edwards is an Ontario-based Psychotherapist registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO). She is a Mental Health Consultant with Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) and she serves as a member of their national Circle of Leaders. Shanique is Director of Mental Health, Outreach and Strategy with Canadian Black Nurses Alliance (CBNA). She is also Knowledge Translation Specialist at the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). She serves on the steering committee for the Health Research Council for People of African Descent (HRCpad). Shanique completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Neuroscience and Psychology and holds a graduate degree from Tyndale University in Clinical Counselling. She has worked over two decades in diverse clinical and administrative health roles. Shanique has spoken and conducted workshops and trainings on topics related to the neuropsychological impact of racial trauma, racial stress, anti-Black racism, mental health resilience, and the promotion of mental wellbeing and psychological safety in Black and marginalized communities. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid facilitator. Shanique frequently consults with organizations to identify ways to better support the mental wellbeing of their BIPOC members, employees and clients. Shanique is often requested to support organizational equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Shanique is a passionate advocate for the diverse and unique mental health needs of BIPOC and marginalized individuals. She seeks to foster mental wellness and resilience in her clients as she journeys with them during some of their most vulnerable moments of their life.



Media Section



Shanique is a guest host for the
Black Mental Health Canada Podcast
“Coping in Colour – Navigating Black Mental Health”. 
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Connect with me today to see how I can help you support your BIPOC members.

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Book Shanique Victoria for your next...

           * Speaking Engagement          * Lunch & Learn        * Mental Health Workshop           *Wellness Retreat        * Training Session

I have developed and facilitated mental health workshops for non-profit and professional organizations, colleges and universities, research groups and corporate businesses focused on racial trauma, mental health resilience and psychological safety.


Notable projects that Shanique Victoria has supported include:

  • Co-development and facilitation of Black Mental Health Canada training workshop titled “Understanding Black Clients in Mental Health Care”, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada

  • Development of Black Mental Health Canada training workshop titled “Racial Trauma & Black Canadian Youth: Understanding Racial Trauma, its Impact on Black Canadian Youth and Implications for Practice” for the Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services, Province of Ontario

  • Planning of ACT Now! Black Mental Health and Wellness 2nd National Conference 2024 by TAIBU Community Health Centre funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada

  • Mental Wellness Workshops for BIPOC students at Trent University

  • Training research groups to address the mental health needs of BIPOC researchers and participants throughout the course of research design, implementation and evaluation

Notable Publication:

Gordon, T., Edwards, S., & Briggs, Q. A. (2023). Canadian Mental Health and Well-being Handbook: An Introduction to an Africentric Approach to Black Mental Health and Racial Trauma. Mississauga, ON: Black Mental Health Canada.

Let's work together.

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Shanique Victoria is the Founder and CEO of the Eden Legacy Foundation (ELF).

ELF is a non-profit organization with a vision and mission of empowering the holistic wellbeing and mental wellness of underprivileged, underserved and racialized youth and young adults. ELF is focused on fostering a legacy of leadership and advancement through mentorship, educational opportunities and academic scholarship; and, community and civic engagement. 


Check back for mentorship and scholarship opportunities.


Subsidized psychotherapy may be available for those between the ages of 14 – 20 years old. Please email for more information.


Please note, space is limited.



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Don't allow the fear of what you cannot see distract you from discovering all that you have imagined. 

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