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John Shearer

Pronouns: He/Him/His • BA, BSW, RSW, MSW Candidate

Offering Reduced Rates

John Shearer

Meet John

I'm the therapist for you if:

  • You find yourself feeling overwhelmed, lock, struck or burnout and are looking to break free from these emotional burdens, so that you can live more fully
  • You're struggling with addiction(s) or impulsivity and would like to explore new skills and strategies to overcome challenges and create a more balanced life
  • You're navigating the complexities of relationships and communication, whether it's in the workplace or in your personal connections, you would like to foster more effective communication and conflict resolution
  • You’re looking for a therapist with a composed, patient, and confident approach, someone who is articulate and can guide you effectively towards greater meaning and purpose in your life

Session Types: Individual Therapy

Availability: Virtual & In-Person

Specialties: Addiction and Substance Use, Anxiety, Anger Management, Career Challenges, Communication & Conflict Resolution, Depression, Grief and Bereavement, Financial and Housing Challenges, Management and Leadership, Masculinity and Men’s Issues, Parenting, Life Transitions, Relationship Challenges, Self-Esteem

Approaches: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Trauma Informed Therapy

Favorite Resources:

  • Man’s Search for Meaning - Victor Frankl
  • The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love - Bell Hooks

John's Bio

Education & Experience: John is a Registered Social Worker, currently completing his Masters degree in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.

John brings a unique blend of academic expertise and real-world experience into his sessions. Before coming to Bliss, John worked in crisis counselling with the Canadian Mental Health Association and spent many years in corporate executive and leadership roles, where he was licensed as a Mortgage Broker and later a senior leader in the funeral home and cemetery industry. He’s owned businesses, tackled entrepreneurship stress, understands the ins and outs of commission-based incomes and how to balance work-life goals.

Therapeutic Style: John believes that your experience is one-of-a-kind and approaches therapy with that in mind. John is non-judgemental, person-centered and trauma-informed in practice and believes in using several approaches and interventions to guide his clients in finding greater peace, connection, and purpose in their lives.

Specialties & Approach: John favours Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). John works with his clients in identifying what is most important to them. By exploring who clients are and how they want to show up in their lives, they’re able to prioritize their core values and overcome challenges like, compulsive behaviours, relationship issues, gambling, sexual issues and anger.

Personal: John is a proud father who enjoys spending time with his family, going for long runs, playing hockey and other sports, and can often be found tinkering around the house or making something in his woodworking shop.

Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and extended health care plans will cover services rendered by a Registered Social Worker .

Let us help you find your perfect match.

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