Jay Kryklywyj (he/him) is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC #2083) with the Association of Co-operative Counselling Therapists (ACCT Canada).
Counselling was a calling for me. I have always had the desire to help people learn to be better versions of themselves.
I started my career-path working with people, helping them figure out their passions and their life goals. However, many people still had road blocks within them that conventional life coaching simply couldn’t address.
I enjoyed working one on one and in small groups and found that I took to doing Counselling Therapy extremely easily. I find myself fascinated by people and their complexities. Helping people learn about themselves in such an intimate way is immensely rewarding and I find myself feeling like I am doing something I was always meant to be doing.
Personally, I struggled with depression and chronic anxiety throughout my life and had accepted that that was just the way I was built. There was no way I could be any different. When I finally discovered the pathway to healing those parts of myself that created the depression and anxiety, I was nearly 40 years old. I felt like I had been awakened to a whole different version of life that I had no idea ever existed.
I see so many people now who were in the same position I was and my heart goes out to them. I’ve walked where they’ve walked and believed that there was no other way and so, I have a drive to reach out and teach that there are other ways that are open to them.
Areas of counselling expertise
- Men’s issues
- Life transition
- Personal identity
Therapy modalities Jay uses in his counselling practice
- Person Centered Therapy
- Transpersonal Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Somatic Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Goal Directed Therapy
Personal qualities / strengths as a counsellor
Having been in some of the positions my clients find themselves in, I am very empathetic to their cause. I am highly adaptable and willing to work where the client is at. I am very open warm and friendly and bring humour into my practice where ever I can.
Education and professional development
- Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Lethbridge
- Transpersonal Psychology Diploma, Clearmind International Institute
- Training in Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1
- Relational Life Therapy (RLT for Couples) – Terry Real, training in EMDR