Hi there, I’m Jenn- thanks for visiting my page!

I am a Registered Social Worker who has been practicing in the field of mental health since 2011. I work with school-aged children, teens, and adults using individual and family therapy modalities to manage feelings of anxiety/depression, overwhelming emotions, challenges in relationships, and identity/self-esteem issues. I often work with people who aren’t exactly sure what’s “wrong” but who feel stuck, and who are interested in reflecting on their lives and exploring big or small changes to work towards more happiness and connection. 

I work from an attachment perspective, which recognizes that we are fundamentally shaped by our closest relationships. I am interested in how people’s histories have influenced them, and how people can shift away from habitual patterns that are no longer serving them. I utilize my understanding of child and adolescent attachment to help adults process current relational difficulties and move forward with their relationships in an intentional way. 

I work with children, teens, and parents to build on strengths when there are difficulties at home or school, and provide support when parents are confused about how to best support their children. I understand what’s important to kids and teens and use a curious and non-judgmental approach that supports young people to explore their thoughts and feelings, and help them figure out how to best cope with life’s difficulties. I work with parents to teach young people essential emotional regulation skills that promote resiliency throughout the lifespan. 

My field of expertise lies in understanding how the body stores trauma, habitual patterns, and stress, and I am passionate about working with body awareness in order to work through challenges. I integrate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Narrative Therapy as part of the work I do.

I earned my Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and engage in ongoing professional development. Outside of my work as a therapist, I teach several styles of yoga in the city with a focus on creating a safe space to explore the body and I strive to cultivate community – the single strongest predictor for positive mental health. 

My fee is $130 for a 60 minute session. If you’d like to explore the possibility of working together, I provide complimentary 20-minute phone conversations for us to get a chance to know each other and see if we would be a good fit. Feel free to email me at info@jennsophieshields.com for more information.

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Name:Jenn Shields

Speciality:Children, Adolescents,Adults, Family, Trauma, Mindfulness, Self-regulation, body-based interventions

Degree:Master of Social Work, Certified Yoga Teacher (300 Hr)