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jilynne whittington

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Meet jilynne

Hello! I am Jilynne, a radically honest therapist who appreciates humor and swearing (if you're into that). My primary goal in the early stages is to create a space that feels incredibly safe for you. So many people feel stuck and don't know how to move forward. I can help you look at things from many perspectives (emotional wounds in childhood, harmful thinking patterns, major life changes, and more) so that you no longer feel at a crossroads in life.

I specialize in working with clients struggling with anger, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and meaning-making. My approach is integrative, consisting of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), emotion-focused therapy, and elements of solution-focused therapy. Because each person is SO different, the approach used in sessions will be based on your unique concerns!

Since I will learn a lot about your life, I would like to share a bit about my own. I recently completed my Master's through Yorkville University and am now a Provisionally registered psychologist. I was born and raised in Edmonton 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 tapping into my playful, childlike side through dancing and singing. I also appreciate moments of stillness and calm such as by taking long, peaceful walks or immersing myself in a novel. 

I know that therapy can be scary and vulnerable, and taking this first step can be so overwhelming. Just know that I see you. Not only do I see the challenges that you face, but I see the strengths you already possess. Are you ready to take this journey with me?

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My supervisor:

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Marlen Walker
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 Entertainer

My Work

Populations I Work With
  • Adults of all ages

  • Teenagers

  • Couples

  • Families

I can direct bill to
  • Blue Cross

  • Green Shield

Areas of Practice
  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • Culturally-informed issues 

  • Depression

  • Family Conflict

  • Goal setting

  • Grief

  • Identity Issues

  • LGBTQIA2S+

  • Relationships

  • Self esteem

  • Stress/burnout

  • Substance use 

  • Trauma 

My Therapeutic Modalities
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Gestalt therapy 

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 Training)

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Course work in progress to become an AASECT certified Sex Therapist

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