A Bit About Me
I was born in Lima, Peru. I grew up under my grandparents’ care as my mother was a single mom who worked long hours. During my teenage years I enjoyed writing stories and loved taking in & caring for stray dogs. Many years later, as a young adult, I met a gentle Canadian, Cody who was travelling through South America. We became good friends soon and a year later, we got married in Lima. Afterwards, I moved with him to Canada. We’ve been married now for over 17 years. At home, we have two fluffy 14-year-old bichon poodles who bring much joy into our lives.
I’ve found that growing up in Latin America has enriched my world perspective in many ways. Perhaps most importantly it has allowed me to counsel many clients who have immigrated to Canada, just like me, in their native language. Being able to offer counselling in Spanish has been particularly rewarding as communication is a powerful bridge.
Also, I am quite passionate about helping women and men who are experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, shame, grief and loss. Through counselling, my goal is to help them recognize their innate strength in the midst of pain. Another huge passion of mine involves counselling couples. Because of this, I am pursuing further training in couples’ counselling. Being able to provide couples with a safe space to heal, to hear their joint story as well as their individual stories allows me to provide them with the necessary tools that can help them overcome their struggles. My hope is to help you both find a new meaning as a couple and reconnect in a deeper way.
Being a counsellor means the world to me. I believe that to counsel is my calling and my purpose. To help people in moments of struggle and pain deeply humbles me as I recognize how as humans, we are all vulnerable to pain and suffering. Yet, there is something incredibly beautiful about walking alongside someone who needs a helping hand. I always feel honoured and deeply blessed by listening to my client’s life stories, their moments of struggle and ache as well as their moments of great breakthrough.
Through counselling I have been given the enormous privilege of witnessing the strength of the human heart. Despite your circumstances, I’d like to remind you that you are uniquely special, there is no one in the world like you. You have a purpose. If you let me, I’d like to be part of your journey as a fellow traveller who believes in you.
Jessica’s Approach in Counselling
Jessica seeks to care for her client’s emotional, psychological and spiritual growth. My aim is to nurture your needs providing you with wholesome counsel and therapeutic tools that encourages you to live life to the fullest. My philosophical approach to counselling is eclectic and holistic in nature. I will employ a variety of techniques from various counselling models and therapies.
In addition, for clients who hold a Christian worldview and desire to receive counselling through this faith-based approach, I am happy to incorporate spiritual techniques that are in alignment with your belief system such as prayer, meditation and Bible scriptures as I was also trained in Christian Counselling.
- Adlerian Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Existential Therapy
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Christian Counselling