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I am a therapist/counselor who has experience working with clients from a systems base. This means I work with families, couples/unions/other relationships, as well as individuals. My philosophy is based in client strength and empowerment, and is open-minded and diversity informed. At the core and essence of my practice, is the privilege of working with you to identify the changes you want to make, and support you in working toward that change.

The first therapy sessions are usually devoted to gaining my clients’ trust, through learning their approach to life, their struggles – both inward and outward, accomplished by listening to the life stories. This also better equips me to help clients, as I am highly aware of the diversity of how culture, sexuality, gender, spiritual preferences, addictions, and social status, along with many other systems influence people’s lives and psyches. This diversity influences and shapes the family system we are born into, which in turn informs and forms us into who we are in the present.

Together, my clients and I will identify unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and work to transform these so that clients increase their overall well-being. I believe that a strong, trusting, and comfortable therapeutic relationship coupled with a compassionate and respectful approach to the work fosters a safe environment in which to explore difficult topics. It is with this exploration, that new ways to create change can be found and implemented.

To learn more about a few of my professional affiliations or about therapy in general:

https://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Content/LEARN_About_MFTs

http://camft.ca/about-us/

http://www.mamft.ca/

https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/

 

Photo credit : Amanda Kelleher (2015)

My client comment

  • Ms. Jennings was empathetic, intuitive, and effective, and she offered insight, support, and creative tools as I explored my relationship dilemmas and my desire for change. by SRS