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Working with children, youth, adults, elders, couples, parents and families in the fields of mental health, education and recreation since 1995, Jay feels privileged and 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 their relationships and in themselves.
Jay facilitates between romantic partners and family members - through enthusiasm, openness, sensitivity and compassion - a genuine dialogue of caring connectivity, understanding, reciprocity and mutual accountability. This often leads into an exploration of communication styles and consequently the ways in which we can unintentionally mis-communicate, misinterpret and be misinterpreted. He also acknowledges how conscious and unconscious emotions reflect our deepest needs, assisting individuals in assertively voicing and getting these needs met so as to lead authentic, fulfilling lives.
Informed by personal meditative practice, by mindfulness approaches, by his yoga teacher certification training (YTT) and by further yogic studies, Jay recognises the benefits of quieting and concentrating the mind, teaching various grounding and relaxation techniques to guide clients to exist beyond depressing, obsessive or anxious thoughts that can overwhelm us from time to time. Jay works diligently with clients to nurture, express and exercise all aspects of self regularly in their lives, ultimately approaching self-care as an ongoing, ‘whole’-istic lifestyle orientation.
In his past roles as early childhood educator (RECE, current registration and 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 not only works with children and teens directly, he also routinely works with parents on behaviour management and best communication strategies with children and teens.
Jay is an experienced and skilled counsellor in the areas of: self-assertiveness; anxiety; depression; relationships; separation/ divorce; change & life transitions; trauma/ abuse; LGBTQ issues; grief & loss; mindfulness; parenting; psycho-education; self-compassion; spiritual concerns; stress; substance addictions/mis-use and process addictions/mis-use (e.g. gambling, pornography, work).
Jay has a Master of Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) in good standing with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association.
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For further information, visit Jay Brotherton's website.