We can't help but struggle at times. It is simply part of being human. It takes a lot of courage and strength to turn towards our problems and to ask for help when we need it, rather than to turn away, distract, or ignore them.
Sit Saskatoon offer counselling, classes, and workshops based on a foundation of mindfulness and self-compassion. Jennifer and Vicki are experienced mental health professionals who offer a warm, connected, safe presence. They believe that we already have the inner wisdom and resilience to help us through life’s inevitable challenges. We just need to access it.
Why Mindfulness-Inspired Counselling?
Research shows that mindfulness and compassion-related practices are related to reduced anxiety, depression, perfectionism, shame, and body image dissatisfaction. Besides reducing symptoms and suffering, mindfulness can help us to:
Develop the ability to respond rather than react from our old habits and conditioning
Improve focus and increase mental agility
Create more peace by recognizing and clearing the mind of emotional turmoil
Improve our own wellbeing, satisfaction with life, and our relationships
Become more gentle and compassionate with our self and with others
Benefit more from therapy through mindfulness practice
AREAS OF SUPPORT
Change is inevitable yet even the most happily anticipated changes can cause stress. The ebb and flow of important relationships, the beginning or ending of a career and retirement, the birth of a child or an “empty nest”— we can benefit from support before, during, and after any significant change. Mindfulness-inspired counselling can help you to find a way to manage the very common emotional reactions to transitions in our life: doubt, fear, anger, grief, and anxiety. We can help you to navigate these sometimes difficult emotions and turn a time of transition into an opportunity for transformation.
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are two different but often inter-connected struggles. Both cause distress. Through counselling we can work on simple, practical, and effective skills which will significantly reduce anxiety and depression as well as the pain, shame and suffering that often accompany them.
Stress and Burnout
Stress can cross over into burnout even for the most skilled and highly functioning person. However, there is a way to take better care for yourself in the midst of multiple demands from work and, or family. Becoming more familiar with your own reactions and needs and learning to respond with kindness and compassion can help you find some balance and ease.
Do you obsess about your size, shape, and weight? Do you use food, dieting, excessive exercise, or purging to manage difficult emotions, experiences, thoughts, and memories? A mindfulness and compassion-inspired approach can help you to transform pain and shame while creating a better relationship with food, your body, and your life.
Grief and Loss
Grief is the price we pay for love. It is everything we feel and think after losing someone or something we love and cherish. Mindfulness-inspired counselling can help you find a way through the grief associated with the reality of living with a terminal diagnosis — yours or a loved one’s. As well, we can support you in the bewildering transition of living without your loved one.
Counselling with Sit Saskatoon
Jennifer Keane has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and has been a clinical counsellor for over twenty-five years. She has specialized in the field of disordered eating, working both at a Mental Health Centre and in private practice. Jennifer trained in EMDR; in Gestalt, Narrative, Solution-Focused and Motivational Enhancement Therapies; Drug and Alcohol Counselling, and the Relational-Cultural Model. She has practiced mindfulness meditation and studied Buddhist psychology since 1990 and integrates these principles in her therapeutic approach.
Jennifer has also trained in Clinical and Pastoral Education and has worked in Spiritual Care. She completed a two-year program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center for practitioners who are working with people and their families at the end of life. She was a founding member of Prairie Hospice in Saskatoon, and continued her special interest in grief and loss and end of life care at Nanaimo Community Hospice where she worked for two years as counsellor and where she designed, facilitated and coordinated bereavement groups. Jennifer brings this special interest and experience to Sit Saskatoon.
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Vicki Herman is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters degree in Educational Psychology (adult counselling). She has provided counselling services in Saskatoon for almost 30 years, and after 27 years working at the University of Saskatchewan, Vicki now offers clinical services in private practice. Vicki helps clients meet their challenges with compassion and respect, and supports them in developing their capacity to address difficulties with more ease and a greater sense of choice.
Mindfulness is a central component to Vicki’s clinical approach, incorporated through both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Vicki has pursued extensive training with the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and became a qualified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher in 2015.
Vicki's earlier training and career in nutrition supports her ongoing interest and work with eating and body image concerns, and her commitment to an interdisciplinary team approach.
For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Vicki at: