Shirley Porter, RP, RSW, CCC

Shirley Porter, Registered Psychotherapist


Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Social Worker
Certified Canadian Counselor


M.Ed., Counseling, Western University
B.A., Psychology, Western University

Area of Focus:

Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Post-Secondary Student Mental Health

Recent Articles

Professional Background

Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy for more than 25 years, providing counseling to students from all walks of life within post-secondary settings.  Her practice has focused primarily on working with individuals who are dealing with traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief.  She has written two books on trauma: Surviving the valley: Trauma and beyond for survivors of trauma and their loved ones), and Treating PTSD: A compassion-focused CBT approach (for mental health professionals).  She has also written several journal articles on applied research related to post-secondary student mental health.

Professional Affiliations:
Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association
American Counseling Association/a>
Ontario College Counselors

Porter, S.  Soldiers and PTSD. (2019). In B. R. Green (Ed.)., Into the valley of the shadow:  An American soldier’s military journey and his battle with PTSD. Ashland, OR:  Hellgate Press.

Porter, S. (2018). Treating PTSD: A compassion-focused CBT approach. New York: Routledge Press.

Porter, S. (2016). Surviving the Valley:  Trauma and Beyond. London, Canada: Althouse Press – Western University.

Contributor to the following publications:
Canadian Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy
College Quarterly
Counseling Today
Trauma and Beyond