jilynne whittington

she/her

Meet jilynne

Do you often feel weighed down by the difficulties in life? You no longer have to feel alone - together we will work on ways for you to find meaning and connection. 

 

As a relational therapist, I believe the process of change is enhanced by the quality of the relationship that you and I will form. Aside from providing a warm, gentle environment and some humour, I also use a directive approach to guide you to an empowered, fulfilling place. 

 

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 (EFT), and elements of solution-focused therapy, along with other modalities. My philosophy is that each person is incredibly different, so the approach used in sessions will be based on your individual 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 working towards becoming 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. 

 

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 supervisor:

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Kristi Landry
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

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