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, or 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 the individual intimately by exploring thoughts and experiences related to relationships with oneself as well as others, past, and present. Reflection and self-awareness are essential tools learned and utilized in the therapeutic process to help individuals cope with past trauma, unresolved relationship issues with themselves, their parents, siblings, romantic partners, friends, and family.
I recognize that sex is an important part of one’s life and it plays a major role in the functioning of an individual and their 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 burner. The problem with this is that sexuality makes up a large part of one’s quality of life and happiness, thus, ignoring it causes problems in other areas to surface and tension to build. 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 one may be experiencing are areas I is 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 and I believe each individual is unique, so that also true of each couple and relationship. Therapy involves discussing the couple’s relationship dynamic and helping them discover where things went wrong individually and relationaly. 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 them through a separation if that path is right for them. 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 the 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
- Family Violence
- Fetishes and Philias
- Internet/Gaming Addiction
- LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
- Male Sexual Issues
- Marriage and Relationship Concerns
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship & Love Addiction
- Self Harming
- Sexual Abuse & Assault
- Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
- Suicide, Idealization & Survivor
I can also help with these areas:
- Emotional Abuse
- Gender Identity
- Gottman Relationship Checkup
- Grief and Loss
My Treatment Approaches:
- Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
- Gottman Couples Therapy
- Gottman Relationship Checkup
- Person Centered therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Sex Therapy and Counselling
- Forensic Assessment Services