Jennifer graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, this degree was bestowed (in 1999) with a medal of distinction for exemplary academic achievement. Prior to this, Jennifer graduated with a Honours degree in Psychology and completed a thesis on Family Socialization.
Additionally, Jennifer has completed a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from the University of Waterloo, has been receiving advanced training in Emotion Focussed Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has participated in additional training with the School of Marriage & Family Therapy through the University of Guelph.
Jennifer has also completed certification as a Coaching Practitioner with the Coaching Federation and has completed a post-graduate degree in Executive Coaching with the College of Executive Coaching leading to Certification with the International Coaches Federation.
More recently Jennifer completed training with Gina Biegel and has been certified in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens. Jennifer has also completed training with Mindful Schools where she has learned how to effectively teach Mindfulness to children from JK - 18. She is specialized in providing Mindfulness training groups to children from ages 4 - adulthood. She has also written her own children's illustrated book - see Jack the Jack Pine.
Jennifer also has a personal well-established daily Mindfulness Meditation practise that she has been committed to since 2007. Jennifer has seen the profound individual effects of this which lead to being inspired to teaching children and teens. Her desire has been to give this life skill as a gift early in life as a means to helping the next generation approach life with peace and centredness.
Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in the medical and mental health systems. In Jennifer's pre-graduate years she began working at an adult drug rehabilitation centre as well as a local crisis centre. This is where she learned the true nature of what it meant to be a support person, advocate and counsellor.
Following post-graduate studies, she furthered her career working at an adolescent treatment centre and then moved on to the hospital system where the majority of her years were devoted to working in psychiatry. Jennifer also served as the Ombudsman for the same hospital, honing her mediation skills.
Jennifer is delighted to now work at The Mindfulness Clinic, based out of Toronto, but services provided out of her Oakville Office. This is a wonderful team of therapists that are devoted to wrapping all therapeutic approaches with a Mindfulness Philosophy. Jennifer consults with Reverse Management Associates where she provides Personal and Executive Coaching. Jennifer was previously the Director of Program and Clinical Services at Horizon Counselling, Consulting and Training a centre that is devoted to helping adults work through childhood trauma. She has enjoyed working at the Halton Trauma Centre where she provided treatment services to children from ages 7 - 18 who experienced significant trauma.
Jennifer believes in giving back to her community and volunteers her services to Cameron Helps Charity (NFP).She was acclaimed as Clinical Director and is excited to work with a passionate group of committed members that are making positive changes. Cameron Helps' goal is to educate teenagers on how to recognize and get help when they are feeling depressed and suicidal. As part of this venture, Jennifer does regular talks for parents or teens at high schools. CameronHelps flagship program called TeamUnbreakable provides teen run groups and run therapy groups, teaching teens the skill of running parallel with teaching life skills and coping techniques.
Jennifer is an avid learner and seeks out ongoing training and supervision to further her skills. She regularly consults with experts in her areas of interest. This is a wonderful asset for the client as you are benefiting from a wealth of shared knowledge.
- Registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers, since 2000
- member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Social Workers, since 2000
- member of the Certified Coaching Federation 2010
- Certification with the International Coaches Federation 2012
- Completion of Fundamentals and Curriculum training at Mindful Schools 2015
- In process - Certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Through extensive training and in depth supervision with accredited leaders and modality creators in the field. Jennifer has proven to provide indepth specialized treatment for:
- Eating Disorders
Depression & Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for anger management, personality disorders and the range of mental illnesses.
- Emotion Focussed Individual & Couples Therapy
- EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing for the Treatment of Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Family Dynamic Issues
- Family Relations Mediation
- Mindfulness & Meditation
- Life & Executive Coaching
- Divorce Coaching
- Clinicial Hypnosis
- Living Works SafeTalk Trainer - also trained in Asist for Suicide Prevention