Jolene is a Registered Social Worker (#09027) with the BC College of Social Workers and an active member of the BCASW. She has been practicing in Kamloops since 2006.
Jolene has a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work from Thompson Rivers University and a Master’s Degree of Social Work from Dalhousie University. She came to us from Mental Health and Substance Use services where she had over 12 years of experience working with complex concurrent psychiatric and substance use conditions. She specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and OEI (Observed and Experiential Observation) trauma treatments, Motivational Interviewing which is effective in assisting those with substance use struggles, or those contemplating any changes in their lives. She also has experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Bio-psycho-social-spiritual models, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy approaches.
Jolene sees individuals of all ages in her practice. Some areas of special interest are grief/loss, suicide, relationship traumas, postpartum adjustment and birth trauma, Indigenous populations and intergenerational trauma, as well as, performance enhancing treatments for athletes, students, professionals, workplaces, etc.
Jolene was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. She appreciates the warmth and connectedness of this community, as well as the beauty of the land surrounding us. From forests to rivers and mountains to lakes, Jolene has always appreciated the opportunities the Tk'emlúps/Kamloops territory offers for pleasure, exploration, healing and growth. Jolene is grateful to be a part of the healing community here in Kamloops, feeling as though this process has come full circle in her own journey of healing.
Having lost her father to suicide at the age of 17, Jolene brings with her an integrated understanding of the complexities that grief can hold within someone. This, complemented with years of education and clinical experience, allows Jolene to draw upon a vast set of skills when personalizing treatment approaches and providing therapeutic healing interventions. As a social worker, she is also acutely aware of the larger systemic and structural barriers that can negatively influence a person’s well-being and will work holistically to address the impacts of these in ones’ healing journey. Jolene believes strongly that people truly know what is best for themselves and is privileged to walk alongside them in their journeys of reaching their full potential.
Jolene is a warm, charismatic and playful person. Humor has always held a healing and joyful place in her life. When Jolene is not working, she is enjoying her time with her husband, son, and twin girls, along with her feline and canine companions. Her childhood passion was dancing. She has always carried a love for the outdoors, camping and adventure. Her adulthood passions have evolved to travelling, creating delicious food in the kitchen and embracing learning as a lifelong process.