Personalised and accessible maternal mental health care from one mama to another.

Hi, I'm Jenna.

I'm so glad you're here.

 Welcome 

I try to make therapy relatable and create a safe and non-judgemental space where you are free to show up exactly as you are. There is room to laugh, cry, vent, and everything in between in session.

 

I believe therapy is a collaborative process that empowers you to recognize and harness your strengths and self-knowledge. I bring my mental health expertise and experience as a mama in order to work together to get you where you want to be.

 

Below you can learn more about who I am both personally and professionally.

 

I look forward to getting to know you and working together!

 Who am I? 

I’m a therapist, social worker, wife, and mom to three wild and wonderful boys. I want to normalise the true experiences of motherhood.

To help moms find self-compassion, release feelings of judgement, and experience joy in the journey.

 

Parenting has challenged me to face my own anxiety and perfectionism. It has cemented my commitment to improve accessibility to maternal mental health services.

 

Beyond motherhood and therapy, I love travelling, spending time in nature (especially by water), drinking hot coffee, reading thriller novels, tattoos, and continually organising my house.

My mission is to make therapy relatable by creating a safe, non-judgmental space. You are free to show up exactly as you are.

 My story 

For more than 10 years I have worked with children, parents, and families as a social worker and therapist.

 

The transition to parenthood can be rocky. I first realised my passion for supporting those navigating this change while working as an outreach worker for pregnant and parenting teens.

 

I saw first-hand the urgent need for access to safe, affordable, and high-quality services in maternal mental health.

My passion for this population became personal when I survived a traumatic birth with my first son. Therapy helped me to work through my own struggles with anxiety and the postpartum adjustment  period.

 

Since then, my journey as a mother and as a maternal mental health professional have run parallel. I started to pursue my Master of Social Work degree just five months after my first son was born. I recognise the incredible amount of support it took, and I want to provide that kind of support to others.

 

Several years, two more kids, and a degree later, I started Fireweed Counselling as a way to do just that.

My goal is to help mothers process what they’re feeling and achieve optimal mental health through personalised and compassionate therapeutic techniques.

 

I specialise in issues related to fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. I'm pleased to serve clients in Alberta and British Columbia as a Registered Social Worker in both provinces.

 My approach 

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. It empowers you to recognise and harness your strengths and self-knowledge.

 

You already have what you need to move forward – I promise. My job is to help you find the way.

Therapy is not one size fits all. It's important to take time in the beginning to build a trusting relationship so that you feel comfortable sharing your worries with me. I need to understand who you  are, where you come from, and where you want to go.

 

You are the expert of your own life. I bring my clinical expertise and experience as a therapist and a mother to support you. Together we will work in a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space to get you feeling better.

 

My therapeutic approach is flexible to respond to your unique context and preferences. I have experience working with the following approaches:

 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – identifying and challenging thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours that are not serving you.

 

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – learning to observe your thoughts, emotions, and other present-moment experiences without judging or reacting to them.

 

  • Narrative Therapy – recognizing the stories that shape your life and deciding which ones suit you and which ones you can let go. Separating the problem and the person is the heart of narrative therapy: "the problem is the problem, the person is not the problem."

 

While each approach can be effective in treating a wide range of issues, you do not need a diagnosis to seek therapy or benefit from talking to someone.

Sometimes these labels can be helpful, but simply feeling that "something is not right" is enough.

Together, we will develop an understanding of the problem, identify your goals, and develop a plan to get you to where you want to be.

 

At the end of the session, to further your learning,  we will discuss what would be helpful to practice outside of therapy. These tools could include self-care exercises, journalling, or the use of a mantra. 

 My training 

I hold a Master of Social Work degree with a Clinical Specialization from the University of Calgary. During my graduate studies, I completed practica at the Calgary Counselling Centre and Stoney Education Authority.

My work experience includes positions with Homewood Health, Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services), Terra Centre for Teen Parents, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, and the Canadian Red Cross.

 

I am always striving to stay up to date with my knowledge as a therapist. Examples of trainings I have completed include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Perinatal Mood Disorders 

  • Perinatal Grief & Loss 

  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders 

  • Narrative Therapy Intensive 

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Basics 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Essentials 

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Centre for Suicide Prevention)

I am also currently working towards a Perinatal Mental Health Certification through Postpartum Support International.

Send me a message if you have further questions about my approach, and to learn more about how I can help.

 Specializations 

I am committed to supporting you through the highs and lows of parenthood. Some of the areas that I am especially experienced with include:

  • Anxiety + depression

  • Fertility challenges and Assisted Reproductive Technology

  • Pregnancy

  • Grief + loss

  • Traumatic birth experiences

  • Postpartum adjustment

  • Body image + self esteem

  • Post-birth relationship/marital adjustment

  • Sibling adjustment after birth

  • General child behaviour support

  • Adoption, foster, and kinship support

 

This list is by no means exhaustive. We all have our own story.

 

Please reach out if you have questions about how I may be able to support you.

 No matter what challenge you’re facing in your parenting journey, I would be honoured to help guide you. 

I look forward to getting to know you and working together!

JBerry.png