Over the years I have realized how difficult it can be to balance family, work and have time for yourself. I have found throughout the years people like you and I want happiness, healthy communication, trust, health, stability and love. I help you find the tools that work for you. You are not the same as anyone else. You are unique with your own set of wiring. The tools that work for others will not necessarily fit. into your life. Helping you to understand you, like yourself and free yourself. Once you have achieved this the rest falls into place. Stop beating yourself up.
Your relationships will work better, your work will be more productive and less chaotic. Most people don't realize how much drama they pull into they're lives because it becomes "normal" behaviour and we are accustomed to it. When we are confronted with the word drama, you will learn how to have that with no guilt to put all the drama aside and know what it’s like to be at peace with your decisions. When it is time to play, to work have, be with your children, family time, getting together with friends and making time for just you.
To give yourself to your spouse, your children, your work and especially to you. Most importantly to be you. To leave your grief, stress, depression/anxiety, anger, guilt etc. at the door and move forward. Sometimes this can be the most challenging for all of us and we throw ourselves into work, addictions, loveless relationships, become overwhelmingly angry and take it out on others, usually the ones we love the most. Eventually our health is gone, life has slipped by and we are alone because we pushed all that we loved away.Jennifer's expertise and passion with her clients is unbelievable. A special talent that many profess to have but really don't understand. She will walk with you every step of the way if you let her.
I began my schooling in 1989. I graduated from University of Victoria in 1993, started my career in 1994 working with teens and their families who found themselves distanced from each other, often due to unhealthy communication patterns and lack of understanding. She later continued similar work as a social service counselor with the Langley Township with building office moral. I also provided liason with students, families, teachers and administrative personnel to promote willingness and commitment to resolving conflicts and finding healthy solutions. As time went on I felt I needed to keep my knowledge growing, I had so many more questions on what the best way was to help my clients reach their goals in a way that was quick yet efficient life altering so they would never look back and move forward. There I started with the Open Learning University with more courses based around the human mind, grief criminology, mental illness became a passion, relationships in every way, whether it be marriage, parent and children, couples, seniors, families, work and school relationships. All of these have one thing in common and that is being able to be heard by one another. To listen so we are heard and respected, loved and appreciated. Miscommunication is the key to every downfall. Graduated from those 4 years and found myself being able to work more compassionately with my clients. having a greater understanding. Using practical techniques, gaining the knowledge and practicality from me helped to build self confidence and love for you as a person, therefore being able to communicate with those you love and work with everyday. To have a productive life and not dwell on past but to make your future all that and more.She is very passionate about being able to take away or lessen the everyday stresses that we all go through. The next journey was conflict resolution. Deeper into what brought on anxiety , depression, anger. What were our triggers that made us rage, what makes us anxious, depressed. Why do we blame ourselves? When did we become codependent?
Throughout all of my education I believe life experiences are the best knowledge anyone can have. If we have the chance to meet you will soon learn, if you like, about my life as well. I am an open book. I feel this is important. You have just as much right to interview me to know who I am to help you feel comfortable with who you will being sharing your most intimate moments of your life, I am where I am today because of choices, determination and passion for how I would be able to help many that had experienced so much of what I have gone through and still do go through. We are all human.
Presently Jennifer enjoys her private practice in White Rock/South Surrey, B.C. Clients from Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Victoria, and the Sunshine Coast also seek her services. In addition she works with long-distance clients from across Canada. She conducts telephone sessions at her clients’ convenience. As well Jennifer has served as a facilitator in the closing of companies and community agencies, assisting employees and management to express feelings of grief and loss, and to continue to maintain confidence and trust in their ability to pursue other fulfilling career opportunities.
Jennifer grew up in Langley, British Columbia. Jennifer was born In Vancouver, British Columbia moved to Langley where she attended elementary and high school. She experienced many years of bullying by others and that of peer pressure in high school turning into anxiety while taking care of her bi polar mother and a surrogate spouse for her workaholic father. They seperated when she was 4. These experiences in her life evolved her into a career she has much passion for. As she worked through her university school years she was able to aid in assisting teachers in the counseling and education of other students. She married in her 20's and they started a family: 5 months into her second pregnancy she lost her husband her mother within a 5 month She has raised her family as a single mom, worked in a career she thoroughly enjoys and has seen many facets of life. She draws from these experiences as she walks with her clients through their journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth.
She moved to Salmon Arm to a position working with troubled teens with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, family communication (working on steps to provide a happier and communicative happy home, and couples relationships.
As her father aged she moved back to White Rock, to be close to him. a few years after her eldest son was in a mountain bike accident where she was told he would not survive. She spent much time realizing that all the schooling, workshops etc. was nothing compared to what she had to learn about the lack of knowledge that the mental health field really had. This led Jennifer on a journey which opened many more doors for Jennifer to learn. The experiences for her family has been nothing short of a life changing experiences in life. She now has the opportunity to counsel others that have brain injuries and what happens to the family as a whole.Jennifer feels every client is an individual with their own needs and wants and deserves to be heard.
Today her heart and life is full, celebrating her 2 sons and and sharing in the lives of her family, friends, and each person she has the privilege of working with.
Jennifer realized how difficult it can be to balance work and life filled with many stressors and created the concept to help families get off the hamster wheel and enjoy themselves, their families and their well being. After many years of being in this field she has been blessed with many referrals that have led her into many different fields. She sees each person who comes into her life as a gift and as a teacher.
This is all any of us want.
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