Insight Psychological Therapists - Jennifer Kirkelund

Jennifer Kirkelund, Therapist, (She/Her)


I am passionate about assisting individuals to achieve success in all aspects of their lives. Compassionate and empathic, I support my clients to share concerns without fear of judgement. I believe people are the experts of their own lives and possess valuable strengths and resources to resolve challenges. With the application of a solution-focused approach and cognitive behavioral therapy, my areas of specialty include career management (early, established, mid-career, late-career and retirement), leadership and supporting individuals with trauma. I also enjoy working with athletes experiencing difficulties with performance, anxiety and depression. Depending on my client’s needs, I also incorporate interventions from several therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment Theory, Positive Psychology, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.

*NOTE: Our Post-Practicum Intern Therapists offer reduced rates for counselling support. Please be aware that FEES WILL BE NON-REIMBURSABLE by Extended Health Care Benefit Plans.

More About Jennifer Kirkelund

I am passionate about supporting you to achieve a meaningful life. By asking powerful, thought-provoking questions, I will challenge you to identify your values, beliefs and strengths. By providing attention to self-awareness, I empower clients to increase confidence and self-efficacy. This can help you to build resilience through personal growth and development. Through collaboration and the application of creativity and innovative thinking, I can assist you to clarify goals and develop plans to achieve them.

I’ve had the opportunity to work in both private and public industry, most recently in corporate and post-secondary environments. I’ve worked with diverse clients from a variety of backgrounds including high school, post-secondary students and provincial government employees in new, mid-career and pre-retirement including constituency, legislative, minister’s offices and departments.

I believe strongly in life-long learning and professional development, continually seeking additional opportunities for growth. Endeavoring to live a well-balanced life; I am an exercise enthusiast, enjoying spin classes and spending time in nature walking, hiking, biking and kayaking.


Jennifer, what quick advice do you have for people who are really struggling?

Identify your feelings and be curious about what they are telling you. What strengths can you draw from? What supports and resources are available for assistance?

When did you know you wanted to become a psychologist?

I’ve known since I was a young adult that I wanted to become a psychologist. When my children were completed high school and entering post-secondary, I decided to pursue additional training.


Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Psychology

Neurolinguistic Programming Master Practitioner (MNLP)

Professionally Certified Coach (PCC)

Career Development Diploma


Professional Member CCPA

International Coaching Federation


Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator (MBTI) Steps 1 & 2 Facilitator

Total Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) 2.0 Facilitator

Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

Total SDI 2.0 Facilitator & MBTI

Indigenous Canada

Crucial Conversations Facilitator

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 &2

Crucial Conversations


  • English

I specialize in:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Workplace Stress
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Couples Counselling
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Premarital Counselling
Effectus (Cognitive & Performance)
  • Executive Performance Program
  • Sports Performance
  • Sports Psychology
Grief & Loss Care
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Retirement
Other Areas
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Stress Management
Trauma Care
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Trauma

I have experience in:

  • Caring for Someone with Cognitive Impairment
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Difficult People
  • Grief and Loss
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • Renewal of Aging Brain Program
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Seniors and the Elderly Issues

Corporate Services

  • Awareness and Prevention/Management of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
  • Fit/Return-to-Work Assessment for Mental Health Injury
  • Group Support for Conflicts, Transitions & Mental Health Issues
  • Job Loss & Career Transition Support
  • Mental Health Issue/Case Management Support
  • Organizational, Individual, and Team Health Assessments

My treatment approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Career/Occupational Assessments
  • Return to Work Assessment