Women who’ve influenced me professionally


This international women’s day I want to recognize the women who have influenced me professionally.

Jennifer Mitchell

Jenn is my supervisor and we’ve been working together for almost two years now. Her knowledge and practice of trauma-informed psychology is something I aspire to. Using this practice in her supervision Jenn has helped me grow and become a better therapist.

One of the first things I remember was Jenn giving me “homework” to improve my self-esteem as a therapist. She helped encourage me and support me, while also keeping me accountable and pushing me to learn more. Without Jenn’s supervision I would not be the therapist I am today. I am excited to keep working with Jenn and one day growing into a peer.

McKenzie Whalley

McKenzie is my own psychologist. She has helped me process and heal my own trauma. Working with McKenzie sparked my interest in Internal Family Systems, a model for trauma work that I now use within my own practice. In the process of my own healing, I learnt how to be a better therapist.

McKenzie helped me understand how my own experiences impact my ability and knowledge as a therapist. I truly believe in McKenzie’s motto that you can’t heal someone where you are still hurting. I know that continuing to work with McKenzie will only improve my practice as a therapist – and help me reach my goal of doing effective trauma work with clients.

My clients

My clients are my biggest influencers and inspiration. I am always amazed by the journey that these women have gone on – and the courage they embody by coming for treatment. I learn a new way of being a therapist with each client. I learn something about trauma every time a client shares a story. I am inspired every time I see a client take steps towards healing.

To those women who walk through the door and sit across from me. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for going on this healing journey with me. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better therapist. You are what makes the work worthwhile. You are my biggest influence and my biggest inspiration.

Kate Emery is a counselling intern at Serenity Now Wellness. Please note that not all insurance plans will cover counselling interns. Check with your insurance plan regarding your coverage. Book in with Kate here: https://serenitynowwellness.janeapp.com/#/staff_member/29