Insight Psychological Therapists - Jennifer Kirkelund

Jennifer Kirkelund, Practicum Intern Therapist, (She/Her)

Clarity-Confidence-Creativity.

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 Practicum Intern (Student) 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.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

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.

Qualifications

Currently completing MACP (PCC, BA)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Psychology

Neurolinguistic Programming Master Practitioner (MNLP)

Professionally Certified Coach (PCC)

Career Development Diploma

Affiliations

Student Member CCPA

International Coach Federation

Certifications

Total SDI 2.0 Facilitator & MBTI

Steps 1& 2 Facilitator

Crucial Conversations

Languages

  • 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
Couples
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Couples Counselling
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Premarital Counselling
Effectus (Cognitive & Performance)
  • Executive Performance Program
  • Sports Performance
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

  • Case Consult
  • Job Loss & Career Transition Support
  • Organizational & Individual Psychological Health & Safety Assessments
  • Psychological Health & Safety Training & Coaching
  • Return-to-Work Psychological Assessment & Support
  • Team/Group Intervention & Support
  • Workplace Investigations – Harassment, Bullying, and Violence

My treatment approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Career/Occupational Assessments