Insight’s Psychological Therapists - Jay Bos
Jay Bos, Therapist,
In my experience, if you are reading this, it is because you are feeling a sense of desperation. Perhaps this comes out of a need to be heard and understood in a safe and accepting space. Perhaps it is out of your realization that you have lost yourself, and are not living a life that is genuine to who you are. Or maybe it’s because you need help learning to heal from past abuse, or that the issues in your relationship or intimate life have piled up to where you no longer know where to start fixing them.
Whatever your reason is for being here, I offer an empathetic, safe, non-judgmental, and accepting approach to counselling, wherein we can work together to find positive change in your life. Welcome.
More about Jay Bos
I was motivated to earn my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology following 20 years of clinical medicine, where I witnessed firsthand the negative effects of chronic stress and trauma not just physically, but in the behaviour of my patients. This, combined with my own struggles to find a more authentic way of living, created the passion that drove me to gain the counselling competencies that would allow me to help others improve their lives.
I believe that living genuine and authentic lives is central to psychological well-being, and that many personal and relationship issues are the result of lost voices, and violated boundaries. I also feel that you are ultimately the expert on your unique lived experiences: the way you think, what you feel, and how you behave. Therefore, the solutions for many of your unresolved issues may lie hidden within yourself. I’m here to help guide you as we work together to find them.
I utilize an integrated, client-centered, culturally sensitive approach to therapy, founded in current research. I draw from Behavioural, CBT, Solution-focussed, and Narrative approaches to therapy. With recent research showing that many dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours are directly driven by emotions via automated, unconscious pathways, I also draw heavily on Emotion Focused Therapy when cognitive approaches fall short. Couple’s therapy draws on Gottman and Crucible models, while also considering underlying individual mental health issues that may be contributory to relationship issues. My medical background offers me experienced insights into possible bio-medical causes of client issues.
I specialize in trauma and abuse, as well as couple’s therapy. I also specialize in human sexuality, and the variety of ways sex and gender may be expressed. This includes extensive research and experience working with transgender and transitioning issues. Chronic illness/injury and health psychology is also an area of interest, again informed by past clinical medicine experience. Finally, I have a strong interest in mediation and dispute resolution where the core needs of those involved are recognized in negotiating a best-positive outcome.
Should you feel that I am a “fit” to you and your mental health concerns, I would consider it a privilege to accompany and guide you on your journey towards positive change and overall well-being.
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, MACP
Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, DCM
Bachelor of Science, BSc
Registered Certified Canadian Counsellor (qualifying) (CCC-Q)
Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Registered CCC-Q
Canadian Psychological Association (CAP)
Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH), member
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors, and Therapists (AASECT), member
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), member
Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP), member
Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), member
Alberta College and Associations of Chiropractors (ACAC), Registered Doctor
My Areas of Specialty:
- Coping with Cancer
- Family Caregiver Stress
- Gender Identity
- Grief and Loss
- Marriage and Relationship Concerns
I can also help with these areas:
- Addictions & Substance Abuse
- Anger Management
- Anxiety & Panic Disorders
- Gottman Relationship Checkup
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Sexual Abuse & Assault
- Weight & Eating Disorders
My Treatment Approaches:
- Adlerian therapy
- Behavioural Therapy
- Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Crucible approach (David Schnarch) therapy model
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Gottman Couples Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Sex Therapy and Counselling
- Solution Focused Therapy