Specializing in supporting those who support others, Jennifer has worked in hospital and community settings for over ten years.
When we think of caregivers, we often think of those who support the elderly. In Jennifer's case, she actively works with a wide range of caregivers including parents, spouses, family members, and friends who put the needs of others ahead of their own. She normalizes the sadness, frustration, anger, resentment, and guilt that you may feel. She can assist you to navigate the difficult decisions and develop self-care practices. She understands that cultural values can influence your stress, and uses a culturally-sensitive approach to help you minimize and cope with the stress you are feeling.
Jennifer can support you to work through grief and loss, particularly related to chronic illness and death. She can help you explore the emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and spiritual impacts of grief and loss. She normalizes grief and emphasizes that there is no right or wrong way to experience it. Jennifer is empathetic, patient, and non-judgmental. Jennifer tailors her therapeutic approach to meet your needs and help you reach your goals. She is an advocate and works from a social justice perspective.
She also specializes in supporting healthcare and frontline workers to deal with work-related stress. Jennifer can help you understand the common factors — organizational and interpersonal — that contribute to stress, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, harassment, or bullying. She will ensure that you have the right tools to deal with these issues when they arise.
Jennifer enjoys time with family and friends, and loves sleeping in when she can (she’s a mom of two energetic boys!). She enjoys outdoor activities such as playing in the snow, skating, and swimming. She believes in self-care and emphasizes this when working with you.
Master of Social Work, University of Toronto (2008)
Bachelor of Social Work, Ryerson University (2006)
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