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Individual & Family Counselling FAQ – Jessica Bruhn

What are the qualifications of the counselling therapist?

Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Crisis Management, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and the Neurosequential Model for children, youth, adults and families impacted by different forms of trauma. Jessica is dedicated to life-long learning and using effective assessment and treatment matching skills to meet client needs where they are.

What can I expect at the first session?

Jessica will introduce herself and you are invited to work collaboratively with her to identify what you would like to work on in counseling. Jessica is comfortable with short-term solution-focused therapy as well as long-term healing work in numerous areas of concern such as: grief and loss, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, addiction and substance dependence, depression and anxiety, complex trauma and mental health issues, family conflict and suicide. Long-term therapy is designed to generalize and assist the client integrate lessons and insights gained in earlier counseling sessions by focusing on how to apply this information using skills in everyday life outside of the therapy room.
<h2>How does psychotherapy work?

Counselling or psychotherapy as a process could be described as learning, discussing and applying philosophical, interpersonal and scientific theories designed to spark insight or provide opportunity for processing information, events or experiences that for whatever reason, require clarification in a person’s life. The approaches used to do this must be suited to the person’s age, focus and personality. There is a myth that only very imbalanced people with huge problems go to counseling. In fact, counseling in a variety of forms has been a mainstay in healthy personal, professional and family development for centuries utilized by many individuals in many different stages of life and personal/professional growth. The kinds of psychotherapeutic theories she incorporates into her practice are both evidence-based and stringently tested by research in the fields of behavioural sciences (i.e. psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology, anthropology) as well as holistic and experiential (i.e. spiritual, attachment, somatic/relating to the body, story-based, creative, expressive-arts, Gestalt). Every individual is unique and in her experience, no one approach fits all, which is why she is passionate about exploring which counseling approach best meets your needs to provide clarity, relief and a state of whole body-mind-spirit thriving.

Will this counsellor see children?

Yes, Jessica is trained and able to see children 6 years of age and older for therapy. Please ensure to mention when calling the clinic to schedule the appointment that you are booking in for a child.

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