Get to Know Shawna

Hi, I'm Shawna!


I'm a Registered Nurse specializing in mental health and crisis treatment but my true passion lies outside the hospital and involves coaching women to feel and live as their best selves.  


Through my private practice, Be Free, I offer coaching programs, meditation and energy healing to help women develop wisdom and skills that can provide greater peace, balance and happiness.


I thrive on using a unique approach, combining knowledge in mental health with EFT tapping, meditation, energy healing and spirituality.


Be Free is a sanctuary of wisdom and strategies to optimize mental well-being, gain better control of the mind and emotions and help women feel their best.

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – McMaster University 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Trent University 

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification - Canadian Nurses Association; with 6 years experience as a psychiatric nurse

  • Certified Meditation Facilitator – Naturality, Hamilton (in association with Yoga Alliance, Canada) 

  • Level 1 & 2 EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Certification - AAMET International

  • Level 1 & 2 Reiki + 35 hr Hands of Light Energy Healing Training - Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals Program – University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

  • Yoga.Psyche.Soul - 120hr Yoga Speciality Certificate on the Psychology of Yoga - Ashley Turner (MA,LMFT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Basics - The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Telka Smith Practice in Psychology, Peterborough 

  • Breathe to Heal Program - Max Strom

  • Traumatic Stress and the Breath - Jane Clapp

  • Certificate in Motivational Interviewing – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

  • Wisdom of the Enneagram Training Workshop  –  The Enneagram Institute, University of Toronto

  • Meditation and Psychotherapy, Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice  – Dr. Tara Brach, SoundsTrue

  • Chakra Activation Training – Anodea Judith, SoundsTrue



  • Depressed mood/sadness

  • Anxiety

  • Stress and overwhelm

  • Irritability and anger

  • Negative thinking

  • Overthinking and worry

  • Low self-esteem

  • Relationship conflicts

  • Body image and self-love

  • Addiction & self-sabotage behaviours

  • Changing unhealthy behaviors

  • Lack of purpose

  • Increasing self-connection and inner peace


Techniques used:

  • EFT tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) - energy healing technique using meridian points in the body. Helps to calm the nervous system and release stuck/negative energy and limiting thoughts & emotions.

  • Guided Meditation – teaching you daily practices that focus the mind, decrease stress and bring more positive energy to your mind and body.

  • Breathwork - a powerful breath technique for emotional & energetic cleansing, deep healing & transformation

  • Inner Child & Core Belief Work – uncovering limiting and disadvantageous beliefs that you adopted and have been living with since childhood. Recognize how beliefs are affecting thoughts, behavioural patterns & life direction + energy release practices to reprogram the mind.

  • Spirituality, Reiki & Energy Healing - working with energy and the chakra system to bring about greater understanding and healing to the mind, body, spirit and soul. 

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - shifting distorted thought patterns that are keeping you stuck

  • Personality Theories -discover your core personality types and learn how to best work with who you naturally are – clients find this brings a high level of clarity and understanding regarding their behaviors and thought patterns (assessment, recommendations & reflection questions included).

  • Law-Of-Attraction Practices - learn how changing the vibration of your thoughts & emotions can shift what you experience life and bring towards you, what you DESIRE

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