Are you ready to rewrite the narratives that may be holding you back?
I’m Jermaine (he, him, his), a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#9437) who works through the perspective of EMDR, is passionate about couples work and is approved to work with clients through First Nations Health Authority (FHNA). More notably I am someone that aims to create desired positive changes in people’s lives and relationships.
Since 2004, I’ve worked with clients of all ages—teens, adults, and families—dealing with anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, relationship challenges, and depression. From schools to community agencies and hospitals, I’ve witnessed the transformative power of therapy, helping individuals heal, gain insight, and discover their internal strengths. With experience working with diverse clients, my work extends beyond individual therapy to include a special interest in couples therapy.
I believe that strong and healthy relationships serve as a powerful catalyst for personal growth and overall well-being. In addition, I know that a couple that works to truly understand each other, thrive indefinitely! I have developed a deep appreciation for the unique dynamics and complexities that arise in relationships. Whether you’re navigating communication issues, trust concerns, or seeking pre-marital guidance, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive space for you and your partner to explore these matters, fostering open and honest dialogue.
I wholeheartedly believe in the incredible power of healing. Let me assure you: you have the capacity to rise above your struggles, no matter where you are in life. The clouded thinking that has dimmed your inner light? It can be undone. Even in the depths of despair, I am confident that with the right support, you can reclaim a position of strength and well-being. Here’s what I know to be true: deep within, we are all inherently good, and we possess the remarkable ability to ignite transformative growth from within ourselves. Yes, each and every one of us.
The seeds planted to do this work began years ago in New York State, where I’m from. Raised by a single mom, I was the first to graduate high school and attend university. My path was not traditional and it came with many challenges, pain, and much sacrifice. From my grade 8 foods teacher to my high school counsellor, to a Jewish family that helped raise me, to my university professor(mentor), they all kept encouraging me on my journey. The foundation of that work was the healing of ME in the process.
I value safety, a good work ethic, and freedom. I may be the clinician to help you. You deserve to work through your goals in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. My goal is to help you redefine what is difficult, so that you may grow and thrive once again, personally and in your relationships. So, why not you, why not now?
At the very core of our being is a calling to be our authentic selves, to grow our individuality. We all should be moved to a place of growth without environmental or systemic limitations.
As a BIPOC person, more specifically as an individual who has ancestral history in slavery, and whose parents lived and took part in the civil rights movement, I have always partnered with people from “marginalized” communities. As an American living in Canada, I have lived experiences through racial injustice and workplace discrimination. It is a part of my fabric, yet it does not define me.
From a young age and into my adulthood my rise into feeling freedom in many areas of my life has been a journey, filled with lessons. Freedom may look different if you are women, if you identify differently than the dominant culture, or if you are a person of color. The journey is yours, but rain falls on all houses. I am someone who may help.
Wellness can be an adventure if you are creative and open to defining your specific wellness menu! If we are to be successful in this fast-paced and ever-changing world, wellness has to be a priority. Fueling your body for your busy day, keeping a solid workout schedule, and feeding your brain the content that will keep you present and positive, are all a part of a successful wellness menu. Just as well, we need to avoid self-destructive and self-defeating patterns. Many of us are unaware that we even have them. But we can do something about it.
My wellness menu includes hiking, diverse workout sessions, spin sessions, practicing playing the cello, lots of music, sketching, lots of reading on my kindle, mountain biking, meditating, and being open to anything new. Just recently I went on a 48 isolation retreat as part of my annual wellness adventure. That is a story for later!
Being married, and with a family of three makes it even more important to schedule all of my wellness items. If my cup of joy is depleted, I have less to give. So I have learned to prioritize fun. Wellness wins!
The villain and the hero actually start off the same in their early years. The difference between the villain and hero is that when they had a critical event in their lives, one said “the world hurt me, I am suffering it’s their fault” and the hero says, “this event happened to me, what are the best options moving forward.”
My point is that we cannot go through life without some pain and suffering. You and I both do make a choice on how we respond to the hurt, and life’s uncontrollable events. We choose! I support and guide you through those events that happen and build up the hero you aspire to grow into.
EMDR therapy may be helpful for those who have tried traditional talk therapy…
We would like to acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.