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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


Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) 

Community Health & Evaluation Specialist 

Mental Health Consultant

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, like concrete; 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!



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Individual Therapy

50-minute individual, person-centered therapy session supporting teens (14+), 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. 

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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 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.


Some of the modalities I frequently use include:

  • cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

  • dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT)

  • emotion-focused therapy (EFT)

  • solution-focused therapy (SFT)

  • psychodynamic therapy 

  • family systems therapy 

  • narrative therapy, and 

  • acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)


 I also understand the unique needs of BIPOC individuals and support BIPOC clients towards racial healing.

I have had the privilege of working with some amazing organizations, such as:  

Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC)

Canadian Black Nurses Alliance (CBNA)

University of Toronto – Student Union

Glendon College, York University – Black Student Union

Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP)

Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services, Province of Ontario

Ministry of Citizens’ Services, Government of British Columbia

City of Peterborough, Community Race Relations Committee

Lumenus Community Services 

Shanique Victoria Edwards (BSc., MDiv. Clinical Counselling) is an Ontario-based Psychotherapist registered with the 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 the 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. 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 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 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.



Speaking Engagements



I am an advocate for the diverse and unique mental health needs of BIPOC and marginalized communities. My areas of focus include racial trauma and race-based traumatic stress injuries, factors associated with post-traumatic growth and resilience in BIPOC individuals, as well as therapeutically addressing the impact of systemic racism and oppression to foster institutional change and racial equity for BIPOC individuals and communities.  

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. I am the Lead Researcher and a co-facilitator for the Black Mental Health Canada training workshop titled “Understanding Black Clients in Mental Health Care”, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. I am co-author on the associated manual for the workshop, "Canadian Mental Health and Well-being Handbook: An Introduction to an Africentric Approach to Black Mental Health and Racial Trauma". *

I am always eager to partner with organizations who wish to support the mental health needs of their BIPOC and marginalized members. Please complete my request form by clicking the button below and I will be in touch via email. 

(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.).



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.


How are sessions conducted ?

All therapy sessions are available virtually.

In-person sessions may be available for individual sessions only, space is limited.

Please indicate your preference when you schedule your new client phone consultation.

Time Commitment

The number of therapy sessions needed is dependent on each individual’s needs and goals. For some, therapy may be a short-term process (6-8 sessions); whereas for others, long-term and/or ongoing therapy may be required. During our initial sessions, we will collaboratively establish some goals that will provide a framework for the work we will do together. We will also discuss the number of sessions that may be needed. We can always shorten the number of sessions if your initial goals and therapeutic needs are met or we can lengthen the number of sessions, if needed. We generally start off working together either on a weekly or biweekly basis. In times of crisis, clients may request to meet twice weekly for therapeutic support.


Therapy can be expensive for some. I encourage you to check with your individual insurance plans to see if Psychotherapy is covered and the annual amount allowed. Receipts are provided for reimbursement from your individual insurance plan and/or for income tax purposes. Cost per session (HST included): New Client Phone Consultation – Free (15 min) Individual - $160 per 50 min session Couples – $200 per 50 min session Family - $250 per 80 min session Sliding scale pricing may be available for those who are unable to afford the full cost per session. Please inquire about potential options for a reduced rate.



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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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