Shirah Canaga, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I welcome people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds looking for help. I identify as a Christian and value my faith. I respect and value other beliefs, spirituality, cultures, and lifestyles. I have worked with people from multiple faiths and cultural backgrounds.
My approach to therapy is eclectic. I see a wide range of adults, children, and couples. I enjoy the challenge of using my therapy toolbox to find the most effective methods to address each individual needs. I use a trauma-focused and person-centered approach to help complete the client’s therapy goals and help foster clients to make their own choices to move toward a healthy lifestyle. I believe people can become more in balance with themselves and in their relationships by understanding themselves and becoming aware of their needs and issues. I provide psychoeducation around the brain, limbic system, and nervous system. I use polyvagal and EMDR interventions to help people understand their nervous systems.
More About Shirah Canaga
My academic coursework and counseling experience include crisis intervention, trauma-informed practices, outpatient counseling services, substance abuse, career counseling, grief counseling, and strength-based interventions.
Since 2016 I have served children, adults, couples, and groups in a therapeutic setting. My outpatient experience includes working for an EMDR-focused clinic, Griffin & Associate Practitioner, Lane Community College, and Lane County Behavioral Health. I’ve also worked for the Department of Human Services (DHS) as a Child Welfare Caseworker and a Behavioral Specialist. I currently teach a college success class at Lane Community College.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon and a National Certified Counselor from the National Board of Certified Counselors. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bushnell University. I’m a member of EMDRIA and earned my EMDR certification. I participate in continuing education every year to meet my license’s standards and improve my knowledge and skills as a counselor.
Can I Help You?
- Depression, Grief, Loss, Sadness
- Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Panic
- OCD: Obsessive-compulsive Thoughts or Actions
- Traumatic Events, Trauma, PTSD
- Relationship Struggles (couple, family, or parenting)