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Shahar Rabi, Ph.D., is a registered Clinical Counsellor and adjunct Professor of Counselling Psychology at Alder University and a published author. He formerly served as the Program Director of the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island, with years of experience in treating trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the New Earth Institute in Vancouver. His academic research has been mainly focused on mindfulness and body-centred interventions as means for well-being, connection, and growth. His therapeutic orientations include: mindfulness-inspired psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR, solution-focused therapy, existential therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, archetypal therapy, and embodiment work,  where he addresses issues such as grief and loss, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug misuse, trauma, pain management, spiritual and/or emotional crises, and personal development. Shahar believes that counselling should provide a healing space for his clients to explore the feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and relationships that cause difficulties in their lives. For his work with disadvantaged soldiers, he earned a Certificate of Excellence 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 work with students and clients. As a meditation instructor, he draws on years of study and practice with prominent non-dual teachers from various traditions at monasteries in India, Nepal, and Thailand.

Academic Background: 

  • Ph.D.—Explored integrative approaches to addiction recovery and created a new model for recovery titled ‘integrative recovery model’.

  • M.A. in Clinical Counselling—Focused on mindfulness based modalities in mental heath.

  • M.A. in Education—Dedicated to improving people's sense of coherence.

  • Published author (2019)— Spiritual Misfits: Collaboration and Belonging in a divisive world