My approach to therapy is collaborative and flexible to suit the needs of each individual client. My work is creative, embodied, mindful and trauma informed. My primary orientation's are strengths based, humanistic and psychodynamic. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I offer interventions based in Somatic Experiencing, Body Psychotherapy and the Creative Arts Therapies. I also offer Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness skills training as needed.
My specialty is working with women affected by trauma and are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I uphold a trauma-informed practice which involves: developing a strong, supportive relationship with each individual client, creating and maintaining a sense of safety within that relationship, and empowering clients in therapy. I believe the body holds the key to a person's psychological wellbeing, and this is true especially when working with trauma and acknowledging the affects it has on the nervous system. PTSD is associated with a shut down of the nervous system which causes psychological and physiological illness. Therefore, overall health and wellbeing involves repairing and regenerating the nervous system. This is done somatically by mindfully tuning into our body and holding a safe space for expression of our whole self.
The Creative Arts Therapies is also an excellent approach to treating trauma as it offers clients the therapeutic distance needed to safely process their experiences. Clients are guided through safe, fun and active methods to explore, express and contain their withheld inner struggles, while gaining awareness and insight.
I have a special interest in working with women seeking empowerment and authenticity in their daily lives. I guide clients through creative, mindful and embodied processes which strengthens one's sensory awareness, emotional intelligence, and personal intuition. Integration and alignment is fostered as clients establish a connection to one's own personal intuitive sense of knowing. I also work well with those struggling with anxiety and depression.
Jade Honce holds a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies with a special focus in drama therapy. She is registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She is also a registered counsellor with Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).
"The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body." - Carl Jung
“I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation. I have little doubt that as individuals, families, communities, and even nations, we have the capacity to learn how to heal and prevent much of the damage done by trauma. In so doing, we will significantly increase our ability to achieve both our individual and collective dreams.” - Peter A. Levine, Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
"Patterns have a life of their own. They are like vortexes of energy. They have their own pull which is like a force field. The only way to resist their magnetism is to become fully conscious and thus activate the power of choice. Much of healing ourself is trying to become clear about what energy patterns we are running and then finding a way to make a different choice." - Katherine Woodward Thomas
Creative Arts Therapist / Canadian Certified Counsellor / Registered Clinical Counsellor