Jenna believes that all counseling work engages with relationships, even if the focus is on the relationship we have with ourselves. By focusing on the meaningful connections in our lives, as well as the ways in which we have learned to engage with them, it gives us the power to see ourselves more clearly and the ability to make the changes we hope for.
As a Couple & Family Therapist, Jenna has experience working with challenges such as communication difficulties, depression, anxiety, sexuality, gender identity, grief, trauma, and relationship concerns.
Jenna works with individuals, couples, families and youth.
Jenna received her Master of Science degree in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph, and her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology from Queen’s University, with a specialization in LGBTQ studies.
Jenna’s educational background informs her therapeutic work in that she has a strong focus on how our social world shapes our lived experiences. Jenna hopes to bring some gentle awareness to these often-invisible influences in our lives and the impacts they can have on ourselves and on our relationships.
Jenna’s goal for therapy is to empower clients to make the positive changes they wish to see in their lives. Jenna works from a client-centered, strengths-based perspective and she believes in the importance of collaborating with clients to create shared meaning in the therapeutic work. Jenna’s preferred therapeutic methods include dialogic, narrative, emotion-focused, mindfulness-based and solution-focused.
Jenna endeavors to tailor her therapeutic approach to each client’s needs.
Jenna’s therapeutic perspective is informed by an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, queer- and sex-positive framework. She works with clients to highlight their strengths and resistance to oppression and challenging life experiences and she hopes to offer support, insight and a safer space in which to process, heal and grow.
Outside of Jenna’s counseling work, she is involved with sexual health education and youth work in Toronto. She is committed to her ongoing education around counseling practices, sexual health and anti-oppression work.
Jenna is currently accepting new clients at both of her counseling practices- in the Village Healing Centre in Toronto at 240 Roncesvalles, and at New Roots Therapy in Whitby at 213 Byron Street South.