Jessica Barnes, MSW RSW (Video Therapist)

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Jessica Barnes, MSW RSW (Video Therapist)

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Supporting you with relationship challenges, becoming a new parent, anxiety, and life transitions

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Meet Jessica

Are you a new mom that’s struggling with the major change in your life? Are there relationships in your life that leave you feeling drained more than fulfilled, but you don’t know how to improve them? Are you “just okay” with how your work or school life feel on a daily basis? Maybe depression or anxiety have popped up yet again in your life, and you’re wanting to put a stop to that endless cycle.

People choose to work with Jessica for her compassion, empathy, and humour. She has spent a decade in the social work field working with individuals and families during times of great stress and difficulty and is trained in the therapeutic approaches that research shows help people the most. Her holistic approach to truly understanding the people she works with allows her to help them in real, meaningful ways.

With a deep understanding of issues such as trauma, attachment, mental health, parenting, and separation, Jessica is here to support you through whatever difficulties life has thrown at you. In addition to being a skilled therapist, Jessica is also a trained Postpartum Doula and brings this knowledge to her therapeutic specialization in birth and postpartum issues.

She is extremely talented in navigating the array of new challenges that come with being a new parent. In fact, she has even written about what has surprised her the most as a new mom.

Specialties

  • Mindfulness

  • Attachment

  • Maternal mental health

  • Trauma

  • Separation & Divorce

  • Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy

Treatment Approaches

  • Attachment-based

  • Compassion Focused

  • Emotionally Focused

  • Family Systems

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Person-Centered

  • Strength-Based

Education

  • Master of Social Work, University of Toronto

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph

Training and Certification

  • Cognitive- Behaviour Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Online Training - Dr. Sue Johnson

  • Affect Regulation - OASW Niagara Branch training on trauma, attachment, and emotional regulation

  • Maternal Mental Health Certificate - Postpartum Support International

  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss Certificate - Institute for Birth, Breath and Death

  • Postpartum Doula

  • Clinical Supervision in Child Welfare

  • Parenting Coordination: Foundations

  • Parenting Capacity Assessments, University of Toronto, Siobhan McCarthy

  • Attachment Roadmap - Hincks - Dellcrest Centre

  • Foundations of Custody Evaluations Workshop - University of Toronto Continuing Education

  • The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (C.A.F.A.S) Training

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training (CPI)

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers

  • Registered Social Worker (RSW)

  • Ontario Association of Social Workers