Fly to freedom

Freedom with Sheila

Fly to freedom

Freedom with Sheila

Freedom with Sheila

Freedom with Sheila

Who can you be when you are free from stress, anxiety, and trauma?

About me

"I am located in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada and support clients locally and online across Canada and around the world!"

I am a Supportive Counsellor and trauma-informed Therapist offering guidance, support, and healing to people dealing with stress, anxiety and trauma. I have been in practice since 2001 assisting people to heal and move through the impact of emotional overwhelm. I empower and support clients by creating a safe environment to explore and learn powerful strategies and techniques to help relieve the thoughts and feelings that are a challenge to let go of.

I believe that we can all reach emotional freedom when we understand the power we have to dissolve and release any intense emotion that overwhelms us.

If you are experiencing stress or anxiety due to current life circumstances or a trauma from the past, I can help you return to peace and balance.

I am passionate about the work I do supporting clients and would be honoured to support you on your healing journey.

My work with hundreds of clients, extensive training in alternative therapies, and a degree in psychology are the foundation of my practice.

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What an in-person and online session typically looks like

In both in-person and online sessions we begin with a brief discussion to gently explore your concerns and what area of your life you would like to feel more at peace. From there we move to the healing process as the focus of our session will be on healing any emotional wound or stress that is significantly impacting your life.

Healing may be done via:

We will take a few moments at the end of the session to debrief and allow you time to process and integrate the healing.

You will leave the session feeling much lighter and more at peace.

Session length is approximately one hour.

Counselling sessions may include a Reiki treatment for stress relief and deep relaxation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

"How is working with you different from a clinical counsellor?"

As a trauma-informed supportive counsellor I listen deeply to my clients to help them discover the root cause of the presenting issue or stressor. Once discovered, however we don’t continue talking about the issue to manage it with coping skills and strategies. When we have a clear understanding of the issue we move into the healing process. By working with me you will learn tools and techniques to release the impact of overwhelming emotions - healing and releasing them right there in the session. I am a firm believer in empowering my clients with tools to heal and release intense emotions so they can apply them anytime anywhere as needed. Basically, you will be learning self-administered Emotional First Aid!

"What methods do you use to release clients' issues?"

I am trained in a number of meridian based therapies - which means I work with the emotional energy held in the body. Some of these techniques include EFT, WHEE, TAT, Sedona Method, Healing Touch, and Reiki. Coupled with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology these techniques are very effective in releasing the energy that is causing the emotional pain or stress.

"Does it really work?"

Most clients report significant relief of an issue in only a few sessions. That’s the beauty of the simplicity and effectiveness of these techniques. I am continually amazed and humbled by the healing that happens in sessions. It is not uncommon for a client to experience profound healing of a deep emotional wound that they have carried their whole life - in as little as one or two sessions. It can be very moving to witness. I have a large number of very happy and emotionally free clients! Check out my testimonials.

"Do the symptoms/problem come back?"

I have yet to have a client return to me reporting that what they thought was healed/released has come back. Once the energy of the issue has been released it is gone - for good! I regularly follow up with my clients, sometimes years later, and they report that the problem has not returned since our session.

"How long does it take?"

Everyone is different and not all issues respond similarly. However, once we have identified the cause of the problem it is usually fairly easy to release. Sometimes this can happen in one session but depending on the complexity of the issue it could take a number of sessions. It really depends on the individual. Generally speaking, two or three sessions offer significant benefit.

"What issues have you been most successful with?"

The issues that my clients have had the most significant relief from are trauma, anger, anxiety and phobias, but it certainly isn’t limited to these. Any issue can be relieved when we understand the issue at a deeper level. These powerful healing methods can be effectively applied to any issue with often profound results.

"Can you help me with my problem?"

If you know what the problem is or where it originated it really helps. For example: "I have a terrifying fear of water because my sister held my head under water when I was a kid." This is a concrete fear with a concrete source. This example illustrates the kind of issue I work best with. If you don't know the source, that's ok I can help you find it. All we really need is something specific to work with.

What I don't work well with is when someone is vague or unsure of their problem. For example: "I'm not feeling too good about my life these days. I don't know why, I'm just not happy." This example doesn't give us something solid to work with so results may not be obvious or easily achieved. So...the more clear you are about what you want to release the easier we can achieve it.

"I have a few more questions about my situation, can I contact you to discuss them with you?"

Sure, I'd be happy to have a chat. This will give you a sense of my style, personality and you'll know if we are a match to work together. You can contact me through my contact page or through my Facebook page "Freedom with Sheila". I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Here's to Freedom!!


"I had been in therapy for 10 years before coming to see Sheila for my anger issues. After two sessions with her I feel I have made far more progress than all those years in traditional therapy!" ~ Vic H.

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Introduction phone consultation

If you are interested in booking one of the following Session Packages, the first step is for us to schedule a short (15 min) phone consultation as a meet and greet to discover if we are a good match to work together. In this call you can ask questions about how I work, my therapeutic model, or any other questions or concerns you may have. I will inquire about your goals for therapy and some of the issues you’d like to work on. It’s all very informal and a chance for us to get to know each other. Establishing a comfortable and trusting rapport in the client/therapist relationship is essential for deep healing to occur.

I look forward to chatting with you! (contact form below)

Session Rates

Session duration: 1+ hour

Ready to book your package?

Please send a message in the form below and I will contact you to set up our intro chat.

It’s time to heal your heart!



Contact me

Please get in touch if I you would like support! I can be reached through my contact form below to get us started working together and to book a session. You can also reach me through Facebook.

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Thank you!

Sheila Sakiyama

Sheila Sakiyama
Supportive Counsellor & Therapist


"I met Sheila while she was on vacation and she could see I have/had emotional issues that were affecting my entire life.

After a session with her I had learned to identify a root cause of some of the issues that have controlled my life, and learned how to gently let that go.

Her technique is gentle and soothing yet really productive.

Letting this singular deep-rooted issue go has enabled me to make better decisions with my life and I feel so much ‘softer’ inside…definitely not as angry and hurt.

I saw her while we were both on holidays, on a personal, social basis and on a professional level.

I highly recommend her for her expertise, empathy, methodology and techniques.

Thank you, again, Sheila!"
- Jody F., July 2022

"I have been in talk therapy for over 5 years due to betrayal trauma that then turned into complex PTSD. It has weighed me down for way too long and it has eroded my self-esteem and self-worth.

I used to be positive, energetic and vibrant until that all happened. As an action taker, I sought out the best therapists to deal with my situation. But, still I was not healing the way I thought I could be.

Until… I met Sheila!

Sheila has done wonders for me with her non-talk therapy approach. I was blown away, that in just one session, I had such huge relief and felt better about myself and my future self.

There is no one else that has been able to help me heal in such a short period of time. I look forward to future sessions to continue my healing journey, so I can live my life with more vibrancy than ever before."
- Deborah L., May 2022.

"I have lived almost twenty years with emotional pain and anguish that I have carried with me from traumatic events that happened to me when I was 12 years old. I happened upon Sheila, willing to try anything to help me heal and move onto a better me. I walked out of my first session feeling the weight of the world instantly gone! I felt what true happiness and peace could feel like! Every session I have with Sheila we delve into different layers of my psyche and heal a little piece of me one layer at a time. She is kind, gentle and truly helps you work miracles." - Stacy G.

"I had become aware of a traumatic incident from childhood that I did not know how to heal. After one session with Sheila, that incident, which I now know had permeated every facet of my life, was painlessly removed and replaced with peace, love, joy, forgiveness, freedom, and happiness. Thankyou, Sheila." - Harry C.

"I am back in charge of my life again! I am very happy with the results."

"We worked on my fibromyalgia pain and the pain was gone! I have remained pain-free for a week now!" - Akemi S.

"I was at my Chiropractor every week and sometimes twice a week…as Sheila began I felt an immediate relief…After two sessions with Sheila my back was totally healed. That was five months ago and I am still pain free." - Susan P.

"I had been in therapy for 10 years before coming to see Sheila for my anger issues. After two sessions with her I feel I have made far more progress than all those years in traditional therapy!" - Vic H.

"All the hurt from my childhood felt like it was floating away like bubbles. I felt such a sense of peace and calm."

"This issue doesn't bother me anymore. I don't understand how years of pain can disappear instantly!! How is that possible??"

"You've done wonders for our relationship! Thank you!" - Tina R.

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