Child and Youth Worker
Anyone who knows Jenn is often touched by her remarkable passion for working with families. Her solid skills and strengths come across right from the beginning. Jenn has been working in the mental health field for over 30 years. She’s worked in child welfare, secure treatment, elementary, secondary educational and day treatment settings. Has worked in several hospitals and outpatient community settings. She has instructed college courses, been a trainer and facilitator for foster parents, social workers and child and youth workers.
Currently she trains other professionals in verbal and physical de-escalation techniques and is a part of the hospitals interdisciplinary team that works with children and youth mental health when they require crisis intervention and clinical inpatient supports. With her wealth of knowledge in many sectors she has been able to support positive and proactive change with individuals, families and large systems.
Jenn’s understanding and verbal approaches are a solid match for complex issues, and is clinically matched to work with youth, children and young adults with ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety and acting out behaviors.
Jenn works within a transparent and relational framework. She understands family systems and how difficult change and transition can be to all those involved. She supports proactive change using a multitude of frameworks to match people unique needs and comfort levels.
My role as a therapist is to support and assist individuals and families to look for ways to resolve personal challenges that impact their daily lives and ability to cope. I enhance my clinical skills with respectful curiosity about your strengths and resilience, all the while adhering to my professional code of conduct.
My presence as a therapist is to be a key facilitator to help guide my clients to use their courage and commitment to repair life ruptures , to reestablish or support emerging awareness of your body, mind, and spirit. I also hope that you’ll gain the knowledge and the ability to push yourself to new limits within a context of change and support.
Years of formal education and training in evidence-based therapies adds to my innate style of connecting with others. People say they find my style of rapport comforting, insightful, non-judgmental, and supportive. We can all benefit from quiet reminders every now and then. We all need to find a sense of connection with others and develop environments where we feel validated. Part of therapy is learning strategies and skills to understand inter-generational patterns of relating to others that may have resulted in ways of coping that no longer meet our needs.
I am here to walk beside and behind you to support you in your journey.
If you want to speak to someone who won't judge, really listens, and can help you find your best self, I would love to hear from you. Anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, anger, or distress, the first priority is finding a therapist you feel safe with. We begin by exploring the issues and understanding the challenges, but the real work is learning to be gentle with ourselves as we acknowledge the need for a shift and begin to implement new practices. If you have had a traumatic experience, try to seek support within 3 months. It is never too late. EMDR can help immensely with recent incident and chronic shame traumas.
I have been a hospital mental health counsellor for more than ten years and have been in the field almost twenty. I work with all kinds of mental health issues and am very comfortable with neurodiversity. I have a strengths-based and trauma-informed practice.
It takes courage to reach out for support and inviting change is very powerful. When we realize the way we have have been doing things no longer works it can be particularly hard to to carry on. Let me help you find a new balance and new strategies for moving forward. No matter what challenges you need help with, please feel free to contact me.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RP
I came to Canada at 17 years old and went through my own challenges and transitions that led to a career of wanting to help others. With over 18 years of experience supporting individuals and families I sit with others to help them build on their own strengths and challenges. My experience includes working in school boards, residential care, palliative, adult community organizations and managing child and adolescent regional programs in a hospital.When I am not working I follow my other passion of cooking and feeding others with my creative dishes.
Hailey Reiss is a Registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW) with many years of experience working with children, youth and families. She specializes in working with children, youth and young adults of all abilities including those with developmental disabilities, anxiety, selective mutism, and neurological disorders. She uses evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment theory, current child development, neurobiology, trauma theory, systems theory, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and family centered approach to inform her practice. As an Accredited Music Therapist Hailey has the ability to incorporate musical strategies to help her clients reach their goals.
Hailey believes in partnering with her clients to help them reach their goals. Her approach is to create a supportive, safe, and respectful environment, where the client and therapist work together using a customized approach.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, RSW, RP
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW, MTA, BMT
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