Meet Jillian Hosey, Registered Social Worker
My name is Jillian Hosey, your guide to a mentally healthier and mindfully happier life. I’m a clinical social worker and trauma therapist with extensive experience providing assessment and treatment to clients of all ages who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, symptoms of complex trauma, and dissociation.
My background is in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Polyvagal Theory, and the Neuroscience of trauma and dissociation. I see myself as a guide, teacher, and perpetual student of the human experience. In addition to my client work, I am currently a board member serving as the Chair of Promotions with EMDR Canada, a Director serving on the Board of Directors for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and Faculty for the ISSTD’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation, Professional Training Program (PTP). I look forward to supporting you or your loved one on a therapeutic journey.
My Journey as a Therapist
I recognized early in my professional journey that our childhood experiences can shape our past, present, and future. Through my work with children, I was able to heal a young person’s path, as well as learn how to heal the inner child that resides in every adult.
Mental health symptoms — from depression to anxiety, to stress to trauma — are coping strategies. They are our brain and bodies’ incredible attempts to protect us, despite them often causing us distress. Through our work together, we can find new ways of protecting the self, while also realizing the amazing capacity of our brain and body.
It never ceases to amaze me how powerful the human spirit is – even in the face of extreme challenges, distress, and trauma. With the right tools and the right guide, anyone can heal.
Healthy Attachments. Healthy Minds.
From early on, our relationships play a role in our mental health. A strong emotional and physical attachment to at least one primary caregiver in our early years (ie. a parent) is essential to emotional, social, and behavioural development. These attachment patterns become embedded in the pathways of our brain and central nervous system and can affect our ability to regulate our emotions.
After taking a developmental, relationship, and family history, I determine the therapeutic approach to healing attachment wounds, complex trauma, dissociation, and more. Together, we will relearn healthy relationship patterns, heal parts of your younger self, and better navigate your emotional landscape.
The result is a happier and mentally healthier child, parent and adult.
From Trauma to Triumph
Our brains have a natural information processing system that may get blocked when traumatic or adverse events occur. This can overwhelm our ability to cope, causing them to get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations — like a scene from a movie. Whenever we encounter a reminder of the event, the same distressing response may be triggered. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) helps the brain reprocess these memories so they no longer hold the same negative emotional charge.
I consider myself to be an integrative EMDR Therapist, that tailors the therapeutic journey to the needs of each unique client. I have extensive training and experience using EMDR with children, youth, and adults under the supervision of Ana Gomez, Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer, and Researcher in EMDR (Arizona). Additionally, I’m a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA approved consultant.
I’m also a founding partner of the Healing Therapy Alliance and the PsychoSomatic Trauma Initiative (PSTI), collectives of integrative Psychotherapists, Wellness Therapists, and Addictions Counselors.