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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 are looking to find meaning and purpose in your life or work
  • You would like to explore feeling stuck, lost, or overwhelmed
  • You are a man, hoping to discover your authentic self; to begin to understand your expression of masculinity and how it has impacted your life
  • You’re looking for a compassionate therapist who will accept your thoughts and feelings without judgement while working towards your goals

Session Types: Individual Therapy

Availability: Virtual & In-Person

Specialties: Anxiety, Career Challenges, Depression, Grief and Bereavement, Masculinity and Men’s Issues, 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 will be joining our team mid-September! Contact us to book your first session in advance.

John's Bio

Education & Experience: John is a Registered Social Worker in the province of Ontario. He is currently completing his Masters degree in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was the recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for exceptional academic achievement. John also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo.

Prior to becoming a social worker and working in mental health, John spent many years in corporate executive and leadership roles and has owned and operated several small businesses. This combination of social work training and leadership experience provides a unique lens for John to work with clients.

Therapeutic Style: John believes in the unique subjective experience of each person and uses a holistic and individualistic approach to therapy. John approaches therapy from a person-centred, trauma-informed, and non-judgemental perspective. John uses several approaches and draws from different interventions to help clients find more peace, connection, and purpose in their lives.

Specialties & Approach: Working from a trauma informed lens, John has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and uses evidence-based techniques from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS), among other modalities. John’s clinical interest is in working with men. John supports his clients with exploring healthy masculinity and gender roles in relation to their mental and relational health. John helps his clients with becoming the person they want to be. Together, you will confront any beliefs and challenges that you have kept hidden from yourself and others. Such work may include exploring unwanted or compulsive sexual behaviours, including concerns about pornography. John will discuss how your values may or may not be aligned with your behaviours and offer guidance in uncovering the root causes in an effort to change the behaviour, if desired.

Personal: John is a proud father who enjoys spending time with his family, going for long runs, playing 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.

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