I am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and I have been helping people for over 20 years. I have worked in various settings such as mental health and general hospitals, elementary schools, violence against women organizations, settlement and child protection agencies. I have extensive experience working with adults around topics such as intimate partner violence, relationship challenges, settlement, grief, trauma, loss and PTSD, anxiety, depression, identity issues, perinatal health & wellbeing, and parenting issues. I offer a client-centered and integrative approach to my work , drawing on various modalities to meet the needs of my clients.
Education and Training
I earned my social work degree from Inholland University in the Netherlands. In 2021, I completed the social work degree for internationally educated social workers at the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). I also hold a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology, which informs my perspective on the interaction between the issues individuals and families may be experiencing in relationship to the wider and systemic context they live in. I have completed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training (CBT) and is currently training to become Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) certified.
Regardless of the platform, I highly value creating a warm, welcoming, and safe space where clients feel respected, seen, and heard. I work from a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed perspective. Trauma-informed therapy involves accounting for clients’ trauma and its impact on their behaviour, mental health, and ability to engage in treatment. I draw on various modalities to support my clients in their journey of healing and achieving their goals. Over the years, I have developed a strong interest and experience in working with women around identity formation, relationship issues, perinatal mental health and well-being (such as post-partum depression and post-partum anxiety), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and parenting.
I have worked in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Canada. In 2015, I met my partner in London (UK), where I provided group therapy for children and their parents in elementary schools. In 2017, I moved to Toronto with my Canadian husband and our 3-year-old son.
Jolien offers counselling to individuals, couples, and families. She has extensive experience providing in-person, online, and over-the-phone counselling sessions.