BASc., MA Counselling Psychology (Student Therapist)
I am located in Guelph and available for in-person counselling in Guelph. I also work with clients throughout Ontario (and beyond) in an online therapy (phone or video) setting.
About Jessie Baynham
BASc., MA Counselling Psychology (student therapist)
What I can help with
I can help with a wide range of challenges, including times of transition, coping skills, questions around identity and/or sexuality, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues and/or divorce/separation, problems with school or work, and parenting challenges.
Approach to counselling
My basic belief is hopeful and positive: that ultimately people are “good” and are striving for wellness and wholeness with the internal and external resources they have. I am committed to helping you unpack and leave behind stories and ways of coping that no longer serve your needs, while building resilience and moving towards new ways of relating to self and others, stepping authentically into life and relationships.
Of utmost importance is establishing a strong therapeutic relationship to serve as a container as we work deeply to achieve your goals. My own lived experience with trauma, mental health challenges, sexuality/identity and experience of parenthood help inform and support the work we will do together. I believe that every person has intrinsic strengths and resilience that can be cultivated for more adaptive, holistic wellness.
As a queer-identified woman, I am particularly interested but not exclusively focused on supporting clients within the LGBTQ2S+ community. I intentionally support overall mental wellness for all men, women and adolescents as we work to resolve, understand and reflect on barriers that exist in attaining psychological well-being.
My humanistic approach therapy is tailored to meet your unique needs. I draw on a variety of modalities, including attachment and relational patterns, and narrative approaches to understanding our stories in the broader contexts of social institutions and structures. I believe deeply in the importance of advocacy at all levels to push back against marginalization and oppressive frameworks. Mindfulness, somatic awareness and a person-centred approach are also front and centre in the work I do.
Educational & personal background
I started my career in community mental health in Guelph after my undergraduate degree in Family & Social Relations. After 12+ years working in a wide variety of roles in community mental health, I took a break before returning to school as a mature student to pursue my Master’s in Counselling Psychology. I am a long-time resident of Guelph, and live with my son and menagerie of cats, a dog and backyard chickens.
Why work with a student therapist?
I went back to school in my 40s to pursue my Master’s in Counselling Psychology (MACP), which I’ll complete in August 2022. That makes me a “student” therapist (at the moment). So, why might you want to work with a therapist who’s so new to the profession? Well, besides that my rate is even more affordable than our other therapists, you get the benefit of my life experience in the practice areas I specialize in (which I mentioned at the top of this page). It’s true that I’m not experienced in as many different situations as some of our longer-time therapists are, but the challenges I deal with I know intimately, and can help you in those.