More about Kelly Jenny
I am working towards completing my Masters of Counselling Psychology degree from City University of Seattle’s Edmonton Campus and I am in my final year. I am also currently working towards completing the requirements to obtain AASECT certification (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists).
My interests and areas of specialization include sexuality, trauma, sexual functioning, couples counselling, sexual deviance, and forensic psychology. This includes problems individuals are facing alone as well as difficulties they are experiencing with a partner or inside of a relationship.
I approach therapy from a theoretical orientation centered around psychodynamic and attachment-based models. This practice emphasizes relationships, specifically discovering client’s intimately by exploring your thoughts and experiences related to your relationships with yourself as well as others, past, and present. Reflection and self-awareness are essential tools you will learn and utilize in the therapeutic process to help you cope with past trauma, unresolved relationship issues with yourself, your parents, siblings, romantic partners, friends, and family.
I recognize that sex is an important part of life and it plays a major role in our functioning as an individual and in our relationships with others. Problems pertaining to sex, sexual expression and sexuality are often neglected. Therefore, problems arise that are viewed unimportant or uncomfortable to discuss so they get minimized or pushed to the back of our closet, carefully tucked away under stacks of ever mounting shoe boxes. The problem with this is that sexuality contributes to our quality of life and overall happiness; thus, ignoring it causes problems in other areas to surface leading to the escalation and buildup of tension between partners. Shoe boxes can only be stacked so high before they inevitably come crashing down, often when we least expect it. This is when it’s time to seek the support of a professional. Concerns with arousal, desire, sensation, anxiety, fear, orgasm, discomfort, pain, premature or delayed ejaculation, sex addiction, pornography use and addiction, erectile dysfunction, BDSM, intimacy, sexual abuse or trauma, polyamory, open relationships, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and any other sexual issues or forms of expression you may be experiencing are areas I’m trained to help with. I believe sex is a large part of life and a part that should be enjoyed by everyone, not something to be ashamed of or neglected.
My approach to couples is centered around increasing communication; learning how to create a space where everyone feels safe and comfortable expressing their feelings. The longer a relationship goes without sex or discussions about sex, the more fear and anxiety play a role in keeping distance between people. Furthermore, I believe everyone is unique, so that is also true of each couple and relationship. Therapy involves discussing your relationship dynamic and helping you discover where things went wrong individually and relationally. This work is done in a non-judgmental, caring, empathetic manner that ensures safety and confidentiality are always maintained.
I work with couples on intimacy, sexual expression, talks of separation and divorce, parenting conflicts, loss of trust, emotional and physical infidelity, acceptance, desire, betrayal, addictions in the home, fights that never seem to get resolved, past and current violence, open relationships, blended families, mental health, family of origin problems, ageing, and falling out of love. I have studied and attended trainings on Gottman Method Couples Therapy, completing levels 1 and 2 of training, as well as Sue Johnson’s research with Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Couples counselling can help reconnect partners when appropriate or help you through a separation if that path is right for you. Couples counselling can stop the small problems from becoming big problems by allowing a safe, confidential space to work things out in and develop skills that can be applied back in your home.
Therapy is not easy; it requires vulnerability, openness, and trust. I hope to establish this with you and work together to strengthen your relationships with first yourself, then those closest to you. I believe everyone deserves to be happy and live a life full of pleasure, joy, and fulfillment. This satisfaction should include not only personal happiness and self-love but also sexual pleasure and satisfaction through profound and meaningful relationships with others.
(Current) Masters of Counselling Psychology degree, University of Seattle
My Areas of Specialty:
- Anger Management
- Dealing with Divorce or Separation
- Dealing with Infidelity
- Internet/Gaming Addiction
- Marriage and Relationship Concerns
- Premarital Counselling
- Suicidal Thoughts (Idealization) and Survivor
I can also help with these areas:
- Addictions & Substance Abuse
- Empty Nest
- Family Issues
- Postpartum Depression
- Seniors and the Elderly Issues
Mental Health Disorders:
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dissociative Disorders
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Histrionic Personality Disorder
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
My Treatment Approaches:
- Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
- Crucible Approach (David Schnarch) Therapy Model
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Existential Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Gottman Couples Therapy
- Jungian Therapy
- Person Centered therapy
- Psychoanalytical Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Sex Therapy and Counselling
- Personality and Behavioural Assessments
Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender:
- BDSM/Kink & Poly/Swing Relationships
- Female Genital Pain Disorders
- Fetishes and Philias
- Gender Identity
- LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
- Male Sexual Issues
- Pornography Issues & Addiction
- Relationship Dependence
- Sex Addiction
- Sex Therapy and Counselling
- Sexual Offending Behaviours & Violence
- Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
- Trans Counselling
- Transformations Gender Transitions Program