MACP., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Hi, I'm Jessica! I grew up in a small Alberta town. As someone who has dealt with anxiety since an early age and never knew how to deal with my emotions, I felt lost. Attending therapy helped me understand myself and inspired me to do what I do now. After working in public health, I decided I wanted to facilitate change and provide a safe and non-judgmental space for others. Outside the office, I spend time with my family, try new restaurants, drink iced coffee, and cuddle my dog.
Facing the problematic aspects of your life is scary, and it is much easier to stay in the same patterns, especially when those patterns are mechanisms that your brain put into place to keep you safe and help you survive. But if you find those processes aren't working for you anymore, it can be worth it to take that leap and reach out for some help - and I'd love to make that jump with you! You're steering the ship in our sessions, and I'm there to support you by offering a compassionate, down-to-earth, and candid style of therapy (laughter also guaranteed). I draw on techniques from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), attachment-based therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and my experience and passion of working with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
My therapeutic view is to accept people for who they are and where they're at when we sit down together. You'll often hear me say, "This is your space." Our sessions allow you to express and share whatever you need, and I'm here to walk alongside you on your journey.
"What lies behind you and in front of you pales compared to what lies inside you" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This quote has resonated with me since I was a teenager. At the time, I faced many changes in my life, and every day felt like it held a new set of challenges that I wasn't sure I could handle. But somehow, I did. This quote reminds me of how truly incredible people are and can be. We have so much resilience and a unique ability to adapt to every kind of crazy thing the world throws us. We can make it through anything with some support and care from others.