Hi, I’m Jessica,
I am one of the Registered Psychotherapists here at HeadWay Clinic. Since the age of 14, I wanted to work in the mental health field and help others gain confidence, empowerment, and a sense of control over their own lives. My goal was to help people who felt alone; I wanted to hear their struggles and show them people care to listen.
In high school, I volunteered on a project called KidsCare where I travelled to various northern Ontario communities. I realized that talking with parents and children was healing and empowering for myself and others. I could show them that they are not alone and help change the narrative from “I have to be OK” to “It’s OK to not be OK sometimes”.
Since that experience, I tailored my education to get me to where I am today. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Honors. Then I branched out to receive training in Mental Health & Addictions. Furthermore, I completed my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and have a thorough understanding of mental health to better help me, help my clients.
In my practice, I use a variety of different modalities. The most common are cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and interpersonal psychotherapy. During a one-on-one session, I discovered these modalities can help clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance misuse, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Each session is client-centred and geared towards what would suit each person by their needs and goals. I enjoy working with youth and adults alike, and genuinely applaud everyone who walks into our office; taking that first step is not easy. We are often faced with many “what-if” that trigger our anxiety, and the “why bother” that creeps in and fuels our depression, or even the “should or should not” that make us feel guilty or not worthy. I hear these common phrases all too often when meeting new clients. They do not realize how frequent this language is used in their day-to-day.
Motivation can be hard to come by, and feeling like there is not enough time in the day can be stressful. We tend to put ourselves last on the list of things to take care of. Whether this is because we feel it is being selfish, or we just don’t think of ourselves as being equally important.
For me, I find scheduling in personal time is incredibly helpful. Either playing the piano, exercising, or playing with my dog, are all things that spark my motivation and help me to feel recharged. Just like a trip to the dentist or a quick oil change, I need to schedule “me time” and hold myself accountable with either alarms or, at times, fun sticky notes on my fridge!
Here are great resources and tools that I personally use to spark my motivation or practice self-care:
• The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
• One Question A Day by Aimee Chase
• @humansofny and @motivation_mondays on Instagram