Jillian O'Quinn, M.Ed, RCC
Jillian (she/her) is excited and honoured to be working at Imagine Counselling. She is a full-time high school Drama and English teacher who is currently getting certified in Synergetic Play Therapy. Synergetic Play Therapy is a research-informed model of play therapy combining the therapeutic powers of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity.
Jillian was drawn to counselling when she found more and more of her students were disclosing their stories and she wanted to learn how to better support them. As a teacher, and a student herself, Jillian understands the social and emotional pressures that her students experience and wants to ensure that those she works with feel a sense of belonging in each new environment they encounter.
Jillian has worked with children and youth for over ten years and is passionate about sharing her interests through outdoor education in water sports, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. She has been described as welcoming and compassionate with a great sense of humour.
Jillian believes that you are the expert of your own experience, and she meets her clients where they are. Her person-centred and non-judgmental approach helps her clients feel validated in their experiences. She brings her passion and experience in theatre to her practice through storytelling as she walks alongside her clients in their journey.
Jillian is available on Monday evenings but is currently full. She provides counselling services in English.