Jennifer is a Registered Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Canadian Psychological Association. She has been providing services to adult individuals and couples for over 10 years, both in private practice and for other agencies. Jennifer has a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy through Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta.
As a Registered Psychologist trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, Jennifer views interpersonal relationships from a systems perspective. Specifically, an individual is believed to function within a “system” and individual goals and values are best understood within this broad framework. When treating an individual, their coping mechanisms, defense mechanisms, life cycles, ethnicity, intrapsychic dynamics, and individual psychopathology are assessed and treated. Given that the couple system is more complex, three systems or subsystems must be simultaneously considered: the individual, the interactional, and the intergenerational. Couples develop spoken and unspoken contracts, communication styles, patterns of addressing and avoiding conflicts, and so on. This is the interactional system and generally the first experience a therapist has with a couple as it is most easily observed. The third part of the system is the intergenerational system, which examines each person’s family of origin and how past experiences impact one’s current relationships. In many cases, couples recreate unresolved issues with their own parents or previous relationships using their current partner or children as substitutes. Consequently, intergenerational influences are often hidden until an exploratory process uncovers them.
Jennifer works with adult individuals and couples, and draws upon several theoretical approaches with her primary therapeutic modalities including: family systems, structural therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. Each person is encouraged to understand their unique situation and attainable goals are developed to help them move towards the positive changes needed for a more balanced life.