Jessica Trainor, MA, RP

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 "Loving your body isn't believing it looks good, it's knowing your body is good, regardless of how it looks" -  Lindsay Kite
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), holding a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology. I have worked in various settings providing psychotherapy services and support services to children, youth, families, and adults.
I help anxious young women with perfectionism, body image and their relationship with food. I specialize in supporting individuals with anxiety, depression, body image issues and disordered eating. I also commonly support individuals in their journey of creating a more balanced lifestyle for themselves, whatever that may look like. Sometimes this includes self-esteem work, setting boundaries, effective communication, self-care, and finding the right balance with work and within their relationships with others. I also see individuals struggling to heal from traumatic events, whether this be witness, experienced or fears. 
In therapy sessions, I take an easy going, client centered approach to ensure clients feel comfortable, safe, and supported when working through challenging times and engaging in difficult conversations. I make sure to provide a nurturing, accepting, and non-judgmental environment where individuals can share their feelings, experiences, release stress, and begin their progress towards feeling better. I offer a compassionate, sensitive and individualized approach to therapy. I use a Health at Every Size lense in my work with clients and have a passion for helping individuals in all sizes find a movement practice that feels enjoyable and positive. I use a range of approaches depending on client need, personality and fit. Some approaches commonly used include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Brain Spotting. 

Brain Spotting is a therapeutic process that uses specific points in the client’s visual field to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. The approach uses relevant eye positions, somatic awareness, focused mindfulness and the therapist’s attunement to process and release the stored traumas which underlie a wide range of emotional and physical problems. It is a brain-body based treatment which integrates well with other types of therapies. Brainspotting Therapy uses the brain’s and body’s natural ability to self-scan and to self-heal, or move back to a state of equilibrium. When a brainspot is activated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that a neural network holding unprocessed trauma has been found. Trauma can be processed while connecting to either distressed or calm areas within the body. BSP Therapy can allow the client to move quickly through processing of the trauma in a contained and supported way. Because the processing occurs mostly in the subcortical brain, this may happen with less talking than in traditional talk therapy. It is common for clients to experience both rapid relief of distress and profound insights.
When comparing to normal talk therapy, the individual is working mostly with the front part of the brain that manages thinking, talking, and problem-solving. However, a large amount of what individuals have experienced and how they react to things is stored in the lower part of the brain (limbic and midbrain). Brainspotting is a way of working with that part which can be very helpful to make past events have less power over individuals. 

I truly believe with the right support and fit, everyone is able to overcome challenges they may not have thought possible.

Jessica Trainor Reaches

Ottawa ON