Kathleen Jaggassar

Kathleen is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) #10010732 with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and holds a Master of Arts Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Additionally, Kathleen is a Registered Aromatherapist.

As a counsellor specializing in treating stress and anxiety, I understand how these issues affect your day-to-day life. When you work with me, you will learn how to manage your anxiety and work towards feeling calmer and more relaxed. We will work together to understand your thoughts and feelings better so you can gain control of your mind and live the life you want to live.

I have spent the last six years studying children and youth with behaviour challenges involved with law enforcement. I teach parents how to connect deeply with their kids so they can open themselves to receiving the support their need. I will help you find ways to manage your child, find balance in your life, and relieve the overwhelming commitment that parenting your child brings.

Areas of counselling expertise

  • Anxiety (General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic)
  • Trauma (First Responder, Loss, Abuse)
  • Teens (Relationships, Anxiety, Loss)
  • Youth (ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma)
  • Depression (Feeling stuck, Loss of Interest, Sadness)
  • Life Transitions (Newly Single, Job Loss)
  • Caregiver Support (Those who care for others with mental health challenges)

Therapy modalities Kathleen uses in her counselling practice

Kathleen explores what’s happening in each client’s mind, body, and relationships. Based on these findings, Kathleen draws upon several methods to help, which include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Yoga movement and breathing

Personal qualities / strengths as a counsellor

I believe it is possible for you to feel better. Perhaps the hope I have for all my clients and the trust I have in the body’s ability to heal is the foundation on which all my strengths and qualities originate. I listen to you, work within your comfort zone, and support you as you move beyond it to meet your goals.

I am empathetic and genuine, and I have a sense of humor. I am always learning how to support my clients better and I am dedicated to continuing education and participating in clinical supervision. I am continuously inspired by the resilience of my clients and grateful to be a witness to their healing journeys.

Education and professional development

  • Master of Arts Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University 2021
  • Professional Aromatherapy Certification, West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy 2013
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Envision Academy, Current
  • Yoga Teacher Training 200-hour, My Vinyasa Practice, Current
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EEFT) Clinician Training, Dr. Adele Lefrance, 2022
  • Applied Aroma Gnosis: Aromatherapy for Trauma and Addiction, Dr. Birkmayer, 2022
  • Introduction to EFFT, Mission: Empowerment! 2022
  • Aromatic Suggestions for Anxiety and Mild Depression, Dr. Benavides, 2021
  • The Trigeminal Nerve and the Impact of Aromatherapy, Dr. Joy Bowles, 2021
  • Innovation in Men’s Mental Health, Mental Health Academy, 2021
  • A Strengths-based Approach to Suicide Prevention and Treatment, 2021
  • Grief Basics: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, 2021
  • DBT Skills with Marsha Linehan, 2020
  • Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2020
  • Something Better than Punishment, Mental Health Academy, 2020
  • Narrative Therapy: The Basics, Mental Health Academy, 2020
  • Trauma and Addiction: Taking Motivational Interviewing to the Next Level, 2020
  • Counselling Children: Brief Strategies, Mental Health Academy, 2020

Kathleen Jaggassar

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