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Shawn Canning (he/him),
Family & Men's Therapy Calgary


Male therapist for adults & teens in Calgary & Alberta

It's time to better understand and express yourself.

Shawn Canning Calgary Men's Therapist

Do you feel you keep making the same mistakes or repeating unhelpful behaviors?

Maybe you find yourself making impulsive decisions, getting caught up in the moment, or reacting without thinking.

The ways you learned to cope and adapt to stress in your life can also show up in relationships, causing suffering and conflict.

I work with adults and teens who feel like they're losing control or stuck in harmful patterns.

My name is Shawn Canning, Social Worker and Men's Therapist. I live in Calgary, on Treaty 7, Metis Region 3 land.

I am approachable, curious, and committed to creating a comfortable space where you can speak freely and be yourself during sessions. 

I offer individual and couples therapy to help people better understand themselves and make lasting change.

I believe change happens in a respectful, compassionate, and collaborative relationship. Together, we can identify some of your patterns and explore what is getting in the way of your goals and values.

I specialize in helping men, teens, and couples struggling with issues around masculinity to develop greater self-awareness and self-compassion, and ultimately feel more connected with themselves and others.


I practice from a strength-based relational approach. We will practice new strategies and tools that use your strengths to build your capacity. When you develop alternative strategies for handling challenging feelings, you can move toward greater ease, confidence and enjoyment. It is my hope you feel seen, heard and understood in a new light.

More than just my work:

  1. Favorite quote: “I help people as a way to work on myself, and I work on myself to help people...To me, that's what the emerging game is all about.” Ram Dass

  2. What brings you a sense of ease? Music - I’m a musician. Playing and listening to music fosters a sense of ease and moments of joy. 

  3. Something fun or interesting: I once built a guitar


Shawn is a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria. He has worked as a youth worker in residential treatment programs and as a social worker for Legal Aid Alberta’s Family Law Office. Most recently, Shawn has practiced mental health therapy in addictions, crisis response, psychiatric outpatient and forensic settings. 

* Accepting new clients * Complimentary 20 minute consultation * Evenings & Weekends *


  • Addictions 

  • Anger & Emotions

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Couples & Marriage

  • Masculinity

  • Men's Mental Health

  • Personality Disorders

  • Relationships


  • Master of Social Work (University of Victoria)

  • Bachelor of Social Work (University of Manitoba)

  • Bachelor of Arts Philosophy (University of Lethbridge)

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

  • Psychological First Aid

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