Get to Know Our Therapists: Shannon Stach

We are thrilled to welcome our newest therapist, Shannon Stach, into the folds of our family here at Shift! 

With a love for gelato and other guilty pleasures we can all relate to, Shannon values meaningful connection above all else. She is honest, raw and an incredible addition to our team. We really want you to get to know her better, so read on for her personal interview that will definitely make you smile and think, "Me too!"

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Oh this is a good one! I don’t think the word “perfect” exists in my vocabulary. I do believe happiness does, and for me, it is a state of living with the ebbs and flows of life. If I had to say what my ideal life would look like, including those times of suffering, it would be cultivating, creating, and maintaining meaningful and vulnerable relationships with amazing people, working a job that I love where I get to help support others and teach them skills to learn how awesome they are, come home to a puppy, children, and a great partner, and enjoy travel and experiencing the world. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I believe I have a lot of achievements in my life to be proud of but I think the greatest for me has been completing my Master’s. I was, let’s say, not the most dedicated student when I was younger, and the fact that I have completed this level of education, with hopes of doing more, is something I am really proud of. 

What is your most treasured possession?

My relationships with close friends, family, and my partner. Not my possession, but what I treasure is not material. I enjoy experiences and creating memories with these amazing people is what I treasure the most.

Who are your favourite writers?

Can I say Nicholas Sparks or is that too cheesy? I’m a sucker for a good romance novel. Otherwise, I enjoy reading so much I pick up many great authors in both fiction and non-fiction. I love Brene Brown and the work she does, Tara Brach, Paulo Coelho, Gabrielle Bernstein, among others. 

What is your motto?

It’s not my motto, but something I heard from one of Gabrielle Bernstein’s podcast features. She said “we must breakdown in order to breakthrough” and I absolutely love this. I have learned so much from my own breakdowns and believe this wholeheartedly. I would not be the person I am today without the roadblocks and potholes I’ve made my way through. 

What is your most marked characteristic?

I feel like I am a genuine person and I try to be myself at all times. Even in my practice, you’ll know about me and my life just as I will know about yours – with appropriate boundaries of course! 

What is your favourite occupation?

If I really had to choose, I would say an interior designer/decorator. Jillian Harris on HGTV knows what she’s doing and makes designing look so fun! I’ve always had fun putting together a room and seeing what type of space you create. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My sight. I’ve had poor eye sight for as long as I can remember. I even had laser eye surgery and now still have to wear glasses and contacts in order to see. If you catch me walking down the street and wave, just an FYI if I don’t wave back, we have to be about five feet from each other in order for me to see you! 

What is your current state of mind?

Excited and terrified mixed together. I’m leaving a golden job in the social work field for something that is more aligned with my values and lifestyle I envision for myself. It’s so exciting and it makes me so happy to think “I’m doing this!” But also, it scares me to be walking away from the security. 

What is your greatest fear?

Heights! You will not catch me at Wonderland or doing the Edge Walk in my lifetime. I’ll be your purse lady and wave comfortably from the pavement. 

What is your greatest regret?

I can’t say I have any great regrets looking back on my life. I believe the journey I’ve been on, including all the ups and downs, has led me to the place I am today and I feel like that’s a wicked spot to be in. I’ve learned so many things through my breakdowns or downhill battles that I feel like saying any one of my decisions was regretful is disqualifying the lessons I’ve learned as a result. Maybe I do regret not having more gelato, but I’ll be sure to indulge the next time I walk by the shop close to my house.