Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Addictions - Pornography
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Family Issues
- First Nations Issues
- Grief and Loss - General
- LGBTQ Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Men's Issues
- Parenting Issues
- Self-Esteem Issues
Counselling practice website:jaybrotherton.com
"We all can feel stuck or out of balance from time to time. When we are suffering or want to work towards change in our lives, it takes courage to share what’s on our minds and in our hearts – this can lead to acknowledgement, relief, healing, inspiration, motivation, development, accomplishment and, ultimately, transformation. In my role as a counsellor, I feel quite privileged to offer clients the time and space necessary to learn how to ease into these more productive, more harmonious and healthier ways of living, loving, connecting and being."
Working with children, youth, adults, elders, couples, parents and families in the fields of mental health, education and recreation since 1995, Jay is honoured to continue journeying alongside others on their paths back to wholeness and wellness. As an individual, couple and family therapist, he views counselling as a powerful tool for personal transformation and social cohesion as clients seek to bring about healing and change in themselves and in their relationships. Jay is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) in good standing with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and have a Master of Arts in “Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy” from Wilfrid Laurier University.
In summary, Jay is an experienced and skilled counsellor in the areas of: self-assertiveness; anxiety; depression; grief & loss; relationships; separation & divorce; mindfulness; trauma; emotional/ physical/ sexual abuse; LGBT2S issues; parenting; change & life transitions; psycho-education; self-compassion; spiritual concerns; stress; death & dying; substance addictions/mis-use and process addictions/mis-use (e.g. gambling, pornography, work). Please read "additional information" to find out more about his experience, other applicable credentials and the various ways he intentionally serves his clients.
COUPLES & FAMILIES: Through enthusiasm, openness, sensitivity and compassion, Jay facilitates a genuine dialogue of care, connectivity, understanding, reciprocity and mutual accountability between romantic partners and family members. This often leads into an exploration of communication styles and consequently the ways in which we can mis-communicate, can misinterpret or can be misinterpreted.
SELF-ASSERTIVENESS: Acknowledging how conscious and unconscious emotions reflect our deepest needs, Jay assists individuals in acknowledging, understanding and then assertively voicing such needs in order to experience a sense of congruence, authenticity and fulfillment in their lives.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION: Informed by personal meditative practises, mindfulness approaches, his yoga teacher certification training (YTT) and further yogic studies, Jay recognises the benefits of quieting, centering and concentrating the mind, teaching various grounding and relaxation techniques to guide clients to exist beyond flooding emotions or depressing, obsessive, anxious or overwhelming thoughts.
WHOLE-SELF SELF-CARE: Jay works diligently with clients to nurture, express and exercise all aspects of self regularly in their lives, understanding that balance is achieved quite differently from one person to another and approaching self-care as an ongoing, ‘whole’-istic lifestyle orientation.
CHILDREN, TEENS & PARENTING: In his past roles as early childhood educator (RECE, currently registered and in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators) and as youth recreation facilitator as well as in his current role as a therapist, Jay works with children and teens directly. He also works with parents on behaviour management and on multi-generation communication, exploring just how to talk to kids so that they will listen but how to listen to kids so that they will talk.
MEN'S ISSUES: Despite what the rest of the world might think, Jay recognises that men desire wholeness, feel deeply about their lives and care deeply about others. So whether it's pursuing work/life balance or bettering relationships, Jay believes in men's inherent goodness and earnestness, appreciates the importance for many men who want to integrate all aspects of who they are as well as explore the potential for stronger, more intentional bonds.
INDIGENOUS PERSONS: Jay has been building trusting relationships with indigenous persons for the last 5 years, acknowledging the immense resilience of Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations as well as the compassion, respect and great sensitivity necessary in working with them. If you are Métis, Inuit or are First Nations and have a valid status number, you may qualify for FNHA mental health benefits with Jay and can contact him directly.
LGBT2S PERSONS: Jay understands well the specific issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and two-spirited persons face, which is often in addition to regular life struggles experienced by the general population. And so, he is quick to acknowledge the long-term impact of having to navigate this added (yet normalised) stress, creating a safe/ non-judgemental space for LGBT2S folks to unload. Lastly, Jay highlights the specialness of every LGBT2S client's gifts as well as applauds their determination to continue to lead lives of authenticity, self-acceptance and inspiration.
Client fee individuals:$140/ 60min. session
Client fee couples/families:$140/ 60min. session