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.

 

 

Qualifications

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)

 

 

Affiliations

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

 

 

Languages

    • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Abuse
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Trauma

I can also help with these areas:

  • Addictions & Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • 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
  • Gottman Relationship Checkup
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy