Jane Whitlaw

I am a registered clinical counsellor, with a masters degree in Counselling Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.  In addition, I actively engage with regular professional development opportunities to ensure I stay well versed in available and alternative healing initiatives, such as equine-partnered psychotherapy and wellness, and nature-based therapeutic intervention.  A trauma-informed perspective is integral to my practice, and I approach every new client with a deep understanding of how early life experiences have the potential to impact current, day-to-day functioning. How we internalize our experiences, the ways in which we process the world, and how we use that information to help us navigate our relationships, are unique processes. It is of utmost importance to me to meet you where you’re at, doing what I can to understand your world as you’ve experienced it.

Specialization

Intergenerational and developmental trauma, addictions and problems associated with substance use, managing difficult emotions, personal growth and development, relationships, depression, anxiety.

Approach

While I follow an integrated approach to counselling, I do believe that a humanistic, person-centred model builds the foundation for additional therapeutic work. What this means is that I want to understand your world as you have made sense of it. While I may provide you with guidance, offer observation, and ask questions to elicit a particular thought process, my position is never to tell you how to live your life or begin to suggest that I could know you better than you know yourself. I’m going to meet you with a compassionate stance; one in which you know you are supported, listened to, cared for, and not alone. Together, we will work collaboratively to assess your goals for counselling and to unpack your concerns in a way that will help you move along your healing path. I believe in holistic healing, and I have a tendency to integrate self-compassion, mindfulness, nature, and body-based strategies to most of my practice, should you agree it be relevant to your therapeutic goals. This may include exercises such as deep breathing, body awareness, physical and visualized movement, role-play, and other strategies that may help you to feel present and emotionally regulated. These are valuable skills that you will be able to develop and apply both in and out of session, enhancing your capacity to cope when facing difficult circumstances. Additional therapeutic models I am familiar with include: Motivational Interviewing, Expressive art therapies, Solution-focused therapies (SFBT), Strengths-based therapies, Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), Equine and animal-assisted therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Somatic therapies, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

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