Nadine Shelly, RTC, EXAT

Expressive Arts Therapist
Saltspring Island Trust Area BC
Exploring the worlds of plant medicines and psychedelics can be exciting and liberating, but it can also be confusing, disorienting, disregulating, and even traumatizing. I'm here to help you navigate this dynamic and often mysterious terrain as a grounded, experienced ally. You don't have to do this alone. Together we can honour the journey you're on, and the path that's brought you here . Rooted in present moment experiences, we can listen deeply to the messages of your body and your psyche, harvest insights, shift limiting habits and patterns, retrieve lost or forgotten parts of yourself, befriend your shadows as well as well as your light, find a wider range of choice in how you respond to life's rough edges, and learn to trust yourself and your intuition. My practice is client-centred and attuned to the needs and life experiences of each unique individual. I genuinely care about everyone I work with, and dedicated to forming therapeutic alliances that meet people where they are at. As a therapist, my primary interest is in the quality of the relationship we form, whether we meet only once or dive in deep for an extended period. I have a lot of practice working online, and have found it to be a surprisingly effective and fulfilling way to connect. And of course, it provides a wonderful way to meet and work together based on interest and resonance rather than just geographic proximity. I also offer limited in-person therapeutic sessions and retreats for people in my area, and have a lovely, private healing space in a natural setting. My private practice, Medicine Within Transformational Arts (@medicine.with.in), is based on the idea that we each contain and embody our own medicine. It is my honour and pleasure to assist you to remember and reconnect with the essence of your unique medicine, and live your truth. Please reach out with any questions you might have, or to book a free introductory 30 minute call to see if we might be a good fit to work together. Website coming soon.
I have been interested in non-ordinary states and experiences since I was very young, and have an intimate relationship with the natural world and the realm of spirit. Creative expression has been part of my life since childhood, and I love to write, dance, sing, play, and explore ways of connecting inner and outer experiences through the arts and embodiment practices. I am the mother of 3 grown and growing children, a believer in magic, a practical visionary, and a weaver of worlds. Through my own decades of inner work, transformational experiences, academic and experiential training, and the honour of accompanying and assisting others in their journeys, I am passionate about the importance of psychedelic integration. I believe each person has an inner healing intelligence, and that through our individual paths of learning and growth we can contribute to the well-being of our ancestral lines, our families, our communities and our living planet.