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Jennifer Rocha

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Registered Social Worker
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Jennifer is here to support you with work stress, burnout, grief, and loss.

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Jennifer specializes in supporting healthcare and frontline workers to deal with work-related stress. She can help you understand common factors — organizational and interpersonal — that contribute to stress, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, harassment, and bullying. Jennifer will ensure that you have the right tools to deal with these issues when they arise.

Jennifer offers a strength-based and solution-focused approach to help University and College students thrive in their academic and personal lives. She helps students who are struggling with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, academic stress, and adjustment to post-secondary life.

Jennifer works closely with people experiencing grief and loss. She emphasizes that there is no right or wrong way to experience grief and loss. She’ll support you to explore the emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and spiritual impacts of those experiences. She is empathetic, patient, and non-judgmental. Jennifer tailors her therapeutic approach to meet your needs and works from a social justice perspective. 

Jennifer actively works with caregivers — including parents, spouses, family members, and friends — who put others’ needs ahead of their own. She normalizes the sadness, frustration, anger, resentment, and guilt that you may feel. As a mother of two boys, she understands the struggles of parenting and the challenges of balancing work and childcare. She can help you learn self-compassion and develop self-care practices. In therapy, Jennifer encourages you to live out your values, as she believes this leads to a fulfilling, meaningful life. 

Jennifer has worked in hospital and community settings for over 10 years. Jennifer has a thirst for knowledge and is committed to ongoing professional development. When she is not working, she enjoys time with friends and family, listening to music, and doing outdoor activities like skating and swimming. She also enjoys playing retro video games with her children, such as Super Mario, Pac-Man, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Right for you if:

You are experiencing workplace stress and recognize the need for coping strategies.
You are looking for support in navigating the role of a caregiver to a loved one.
You lost someone important to you and want emotional support.
You're a student or young professional looking to work on understanding your anxiety, depression, and worries.

More about


Master of Social Work, University of Toronto (2008)

Bachelor of Social Work, Ryerson University (2006)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Psychwire)

Motivational Interviewing – Foundational (Psychwire)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Certificate (Psychwire)

Brief and Narrative Therapy Certificate (Windz Institute)

Foundations of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (University of Toronto)

Overcoming Anxiety & Depression: Solution-Focused Approaches (University of Toronto)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certificate (University of Toronto)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (LivingWorks)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

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What does good mental health look like to you?
Good mental health means being able to live my values, which inevitably will lead to a meaningful life. Ensuring that I take care of myself, and spend time with family and friends are integral to me for ensuring good mental health.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
"This too shall pass" - Abraham Lincoln. When I feel overwhelmed by my emotions, I acknowledge that I am having overwhelming thoughts and feelings, but that they are temporary and will pass.
What would you say to a friend struggling with a mental health issue?
I’m really sorry you’re going through this. I am here for you if you need me.