MEET JESSIE (She/Her)
Hello, I am glad you are here,
I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association & a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University. I researched what helps and hinders immigrant & bicultural peoples access counselling.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner, my two loyal fur-babies, and exploring nature trails. My self care practices include yoga, journaling, and reading.
I AM AN INTERSECTIONAL ALLY
I use the pronouns she/her & self-identify as a queer South Asian woman; I have done work to understand my own intersections of oppressions and privilege. We all have cultural heterogeneity & experience our intersections of oppressions & privilege differently. I sit with you in solidarity & with curiosity to understand your lens.
As a trauma-integrative counsellor, I emphasize the holistic mind-body connection. Trauma can be defined as sudden or cumulative stressors that overwhelm our body’s natural ability to cope. We may experience symptoms such as anxiety, anger, emotional numbness, low self-esteem, brain fog, PTSD, dissociation, or memory loss. We may find ourselves stuck in patterns such as people-pleasing, self-sabotage, shame, self-harm, or perfectionism that are no longer serving us. I support you in taking control of your nervous system and healing from old patterns.
I have 8 years of experience in the mental health field, supporting clients as they reclaim their power. I provide evidence and research-based interventions when clients communicate who they are, and what they want in life. I compassionately sit with clients as they grieve their past. I encourage clients to reconnect with themselves and their people.
I have trained in research-informed modalities such as:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Reprocessing & Desensitization (EMDR)
Gottman Couple’s Counselling
I know it takes strength & courage to start therapy. I would feel honored to work with you and to understand your complexity. In learning about you I would tailor an informed and integrative therapeutic approach to meet your needs.