Shahar Rabi, RCC, Ph.D. Candidate
Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Founder and Director of Education for the New Earth Institute, Shahar Rabi is also currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy of Education at Simon Fraser University and Program Director at the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island. He holds an M.A. in Education. He has worked for several years as a therapist and educator in Canada, Israel, and India. For his work with disadvantaged soldiers, he earned a medal of honour from the President of Israel. Shahar also has a broad spectrum of work experience as a choreographer, philosophy teacher, yoga teacher, meditation instructor, and even a clown! He brings his knowledge from all of these fields to his counseling sessions. He is also yoga and meditation instructor, drawing on years of study and practice with prominent non-dual teachers from various traditions at monasteries in India, Nepal, and Thailand.
Shahar provides a holistic approach that engages the emotional, mental, relational, spiritual and physical aspects of his clients, with deep respect for their belief systems and cultures. His therapeutic orientations include: solution-focused therapy; acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); existential therapy; narrative therapy; cognitive-behavioral therapy, archetypal therapy and embodiment work. Areas of focus that Shahar addresses include substance abuse, major life changes, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, pain management, personal development and life planning, spiritual and/or emotional crises, spiritual meaning and youth counseling. Shahar believes that education and therapy should provide a healing space for his students and clients to explore the feelings, thoughts, behaviors and relationships that cause difficulties in their lives. He has a great deal of experience in teaching and bringing together Eastern and Western wisdom in a practical and accessible manner.