Jenn Neufeld, MEd
I am passionate about helping people work through difficult issues. In my work, I strive to honour the whole person, and to identify sites of resilience and strength. I believe that each of us has the capacity to heal and cope, and that sometimes we need someone to walk alongside us on that journey.
My counselling work is grounded in feminist and anti-oppressive practices, and my approach is queer positive, sex and kink positive, harm-reduction focused and body positive. I continually seek out ways to increase my understanding of intersectionality, privilege and sites of oppression. I identify as queer, settler, cisgender female and white.
Experience: I have experience with a wide range of concerns, including: anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, sexual abuse, LGBTQI2SA+ counselling, grief, anger, stress, addiction, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and impulses and relationship issues. I work with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, identities and experiences, and have a particular interest in supporting LGBTQI2SA+ persons and survivors of trauma.
Background: For over 10 years, I worked in the fields of student services and university admissions. Listening to and helping people in those roles inspired my desire to enter the counselling profession. During my graduate studies in philosophy, I explored feminist philosophical thought and approaches to contemporary social issues. In my counselling education (MEd), I developed clinical counselling skills and completed an internship at a community counselling agency in Guelph. I have been active in creating safer and positive spaces within my work contexts. I have also personally benefited from counselling and am excited to share my passion with others.
Education and Professional Memberships:
MEd (Master of Education) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, OISE, University of Toronto (2017)
- Collaborative program in Sexual Diversity Studies
MA (Master of Arts) in Philosophy, ICS, affiliated with the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto (2006)
BA Hons. (Bachelor of Arts) in Psychology and Sociology, King’s University (Edmonton, AB) (2001)
Registered Psychotherapist, CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) #006271
Member, OACCPP (Ontario Association for Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists)
Non-Certified Professional Member, CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
My approach is integrative, which means that I draw from a rich toolbox of ideas and interventions, tailored specifically for each client’s concerns and interests. I have training in Brief Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Strengths-Based and Solution-Focused Counselling, Trauma-Informed approaches and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I work collaboratively - we work together to identify pressing concerns, try to understand the roots of those difficulties, and find creative ways to gain new perspective together. In all aspects of counselling, your safety and stability is my primary concern, and I will work with you to develop self-care and supports to help you cope. My aim is to create a safer space, particularly for folks who identify as LGBTQI2SA+.