Required Reading Before Class:
Jennifer (she/hers) started Peak Resilience in 2015 with a vision for easy to navigate, high quality, trauma informed, intersectional feminist therapy that transforms not only clients, but counsellors, clinical supervisors, the mental health industry and our world. Throughout the last 15 (ish) years, Jennifer has used the support of supervisors and colleagues along with curiosity, compassion and critical analysis to help all types of humans manage suffering and discover their power. She’s learned that the main causes of human suffering stem from forces of colonization, capitalism, patriarchy and white supremacy. The world of psychology and mental health was created under the influence of these forces of oppression, so it’s up to all of us to challenge the aspects of mental health support that harm humans and our planet.
Jennifer spent years providing individual therapy to the best clients ever (her opinion). With a focus on undoing aloneness and challenging the divisiveness of colonization, Jennifer is shifting her individual client work and focusing her efforts on group therapy, supervision and the sustainability of counseling as a practice. After witnessing some of the most profound healing in individual sessions, Jennifer is excited to combine intersectional feminist, trauma informed therapy with the power of group connection.
Outside of group therapy, Jennifer provides consultation, support and supervision to the team at Peak Resilience and can’t believe how lucky she is to be surrounded by such strong, compassionate, and authentic humans. Jennifer also educates anyone who will listen on the benefits intersectional feminist therapy, supervision, and the need for all of us to look to Indigenous matriarchs for leadership.
Jennifer was named one of BC’s 40 under 40 in 2020. She has a reputation in the business community as a leader in anti-oppressive, creative and transparent business practices that challenge patriarchy and critically engage with harmful forces of capitalism. Jennifer is working to make mental health support available to all, while advocating for sustainable working conditions for therapists during a traumatic turning point in our world.
Above all else, Jennifer is a daughter, granddaughter, mother, sister and friend. As an uninvited (white) settler on these stolen lands, she is slowly undoing state imposed ignorance and shifting towards a more decolonized future for our world and future generations