jilynne whittington

she/her

Meet jilynne

I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and am married with two cute (but very barky) fur children.
I view myself as adventurous in the sense that I will try almost any activity at least once, some not more
than once. I enjoy singing, albeit I am not very talented, dancing, going for hikes, and snorkelling. I also
really appreciate a good book, delicious food, and “couch time” with my dogs.


I have always known that I was a “super feeler” because I have an innate ability to sense mine and
others’ emotions deeply. My friends, family, and past clients would mention how I just “got them”
regardless of the difficulties they were going through. While I was at the University of Alberta taking
psychology courses, I began volunteering in many organizations including a crisis centre, a domestic
violence shelter, and with marginalized individuals at risk of re-criminalization. Each of these
opportunities taught me something valuable, but overall, I learned that we all have the capacity for
change and everyone is worthy of love, acceptance, and belongingness. These experiences solidified my
decision to pursue a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I am currently a
Master’s student completing my practicum here at Landry Psychology, and I cannot wait to meet you!

My approach to working with clients is integrative. While I believe humans share core needs such as
stability, connection, and fulfillment, I also believe that we are all on different paths to achieving those
needs. I incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with humanistic aspects of
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).

 

I strive to create a safe space that allows people to share openly with me and know that they will not be
judged, but rather accepted. Therapy can be intimidating and overwhelming. My hope is to become a
fellow traveler with you along your journey to healing.

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My supervisors:

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Kristi Landry
Registered Psychologist

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Rebecca Ings
Registered Psychologist

The greatest piece of advice I've received:

Author Mark Twain said that “Comparison is the death of joy.” Comparing
ourselves to others is especially easy now with the abundance of social media. It prevents us from
feeling as though we are enough, just as we are.

Something on my bucket list:

I have dreamed of seeing The Great Migration in the African Serengeti.

My top 3 values:

Authenticity

Connection

Trustworthiness

If I was an animal I'd be...

I would be a sea turtle because I absolutely love the ocean. Did you know that sea turtles can
hold their breath underwater for 4 to 7 hours!?

I have a day totally to myself, with no obligations. Where would you find me?

Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, ideally, or going to the dog park with Belle, Turbo, and my husband then cooking a delicious meal.

Besides my work, a special skill of mine:

I used to tap dance a lot when I was younger, and recently began taking classes again. That
muscle memory is still there because I still have skills!

My Myers-Briggs personality type:

ESFP: The Entertrainer

My Work

Populations I Work With
  • Adults of all ages

  • Couples

  • Families

Areas of Practice
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self esteem

  • Trauma

  • Stress and burnout

  • Relationships

  • Identity issues

My Therapeutic Modalities
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)