Shirley Porter, Registered Psychotherapist

Shirley Porter, RP, RSW, CCC

Shirley Porter, Registered Psychotherapist


Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Social Worker
Certified Canadian Counselor

Area of Focus:

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


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

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