Jen Reddish is the owner of The Essence of You and has been working as a counsellor since 2010. She opened her counselling practice in the fall of 2016, shortly after becoming a mother. Jen has always been passionate about counselling and loves supporting women to connect to their intuition and their true selves. Jen has a gentle, yet direct approach and adapts her style to the needs of her clients in order to best suit each individual.
Jen has an integrative approach incorporating multiple styles of therapy, with a goal of helping her clients connect to their emotions and gain a deeper awareness of the root causes of their current emotional issues to help them in moving forward.
When it suits the needs of her clients, Jen uses expressive arts therapy in her sessions. Working creatively in therapy helps you to connect to your body, enabling you to access thoughts and feelings that are normally blocked by your conscious mind.
Background, Education, & Training
Jen studied in Australia obtaining her degree in Social Science specializing in Counselling, and later completed a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in Alberta. See Additional Courses Jen has completed below.
Jen has worked in intensive inpatient environments doing both Individual and Group therapy since 2010, where she had the opportunity to work with people experiencing a wide variety of issues. Working in treatment centres for so much of her career also gave Jen the opportunity to learn from many different mental health professionals, who trained her in multiple styles of counselling and psychotherapy - enabling her to have a wide range of skills and philosophies to pull from into her current practice.
Jen has worked in the following areas:
- Pre-Natal & Post Partum Issues, including birth preparation & birth processing
- Anxiety, Depression, other mood & personality disorders
- Eating disorders & Body Image Issues
- Family of Origin Issues
- Grief and loss
- Sexual exploitation
Jen has been trained in the following counselling & psychotherapy approaches, and uses a combination of these in her current practice:
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Family Systems Theory
- Transactional Analysis
- Gestalt Theory
- Existential Theory
- Person-Centred Counselling
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- 12 Step Model
- Stages of Change Model
Additional Courses Jen has completed:
Certificate in Birth Art Processing - Birthing from Within
Peri-Natal Support Skills Training - Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Healing and Treating Trauma, Addictions & Related Disorders (Canada's 5th Annual Premier Psychotherapy Conference)- Jack Hirose & Associates
Disordered Eating: From Image to Illness - Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
Trauma-focussed Therapy: Working with Adults - Australian Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - Centre for Suicide Prevention
De-Escalating Potentially Violent Situations - Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute
Helping Pregnant Women with Substance Use Problems - Alberta Health Services, Addiction Services
- Integrating Sexual Health into Your Practice - Calgary Sexual Health Centre
The Psycho-educational and Psycho-therapeutic Approaches to the Treatment of Addictions and Mental Illness - Clinical Staff Professional Learning and Development Program
Art Therapy as a Creative Approach to Wellness - Community Education Service (Alberta Health Services)
Working with Eating Disorders: Hope, Healing and Change - EATFED (Education & Therapy for Eating Disorders)presented by Dr Anita Johnston Ph D
Therapeutic Fundamentals - South Pacific Private’s Professional Training Program
A note from Jen
"No matter how much you change, the essence of you is always the same."
- A friend once said this to me as I was going through a lot of personal changes and struggling with experiencing the ways that my relationships with others were changing. At this time I was questioning myself a lot, and wondering if how I used to be (people pleaser) was better, if I should go back to how I was before. My friend assured me that no matter how I changed behaviourally (which in this case meant living authentically: standing up for myself, making decisions that suited my own best interests, setting boundaries, sharing opinions that were different from everyone else’s) –
that the essence of WHO I AM was still the same, that I would always be myself no matter what.
This made me realize that my relationships changing around me as I grew into myself was not actually a reflection of me but instead a reflection of the quality of those relationships or where the other person was at in their own journey. It made me become more comfortable being my true self, despite any relational consequences this might have (being disliked, judged, etc.) and since then I have been able to foster more meaningful relationships with others that are formed from an honest, respectful and nurturing base, whilst honouring my true self and living an empowering authentic life. There's no turning back for me now, and I don't have any regrets.
I respect that each of us are on own path, and I respect the differences that we all have as women, mothers, and mothers-to-be; which includes the choices that we make to best suit ourselves and our families.