Psychologists, Counsellors and Therapists in Edmonton

Our Experienced Team

Dr. Jason Jones

Director | Registered Psychologist | Certified Sex Therapist

Dr. Jason Jones has been a Registered Psychologist since 2012 and founded Loving Choices Psychology in 2017. He is a Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor and has completed numerous post-graduate certifications and workshops related to sex therapy, couples counselling, family therapy, and weight management. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology degree at Northcentral University.

Johnathan Bown

Registered Psychologist

Inspiration
Johnathan is fascinated by human consciousness and is passionate about helping people. He believes that one of the most meaningful and fulfilling acts we do in our lives is helping another person in their time of need. He was attracted to working as a psychologist because it’s a compassionate career that is personally uplifting. He believes that human relationships are one of the most important aspects of our well-being. As a result, he chose to work with admirable and expert psychologists to support individuals and couples in living happier lives.

Education
Johnathan completed a Master’s of Education degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. He has also completed EMDR level 1 training, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EMT) level 1 training. He is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

Philosophy
Human beings have a natural tendency towards healing and well-being. Johnathan practices a holistic approach towards empowering his clients to heal and to identify any mental, physical, cultural, social, and environmental factors that may be interfering with their health. He believes that behaviours or feelings are not problems, as they all serve a distinct purpose. He dedicates himself to each client he meets and seeks to understand them with the same energy and enthusiasm as his first day.

I approach every client as a unique person who is valuable, admirable, and capable of achieving their goals. You are not alone in this; you are deeply cared for; we are here for you.

Vision
Johnathan helps his clients alleviate anxiety, depression and stress. He has years of experience in primary care public health clinics and has specialized training to help people with trauma, grief, insomnia, career, relationship dynamics, sexuality, and sexual health. He is currently completing his training to become a Certified Sex Therapist.

Johnathan Bown's Experience

Publications
Bown, J. & Gackenbach, J. I. (2019). The influence of media understood through video game play. In R. J. Hoss & R. P. Gongloff (Eds.), Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture (Vol 2, pp. 712-714). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Gackenbach, J. I., Bown, J. (2019). The effects of media on dreaming. In K. Valli & R. J. Hoss (Eds.), Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture (Vol 1,
pp. 219-223). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Gackenbach, J. I., & Bown, J. (Eds.). (2017). Boundaries of Self & Reality Online. San Diego, California: Elsevier Academic Press.

Bown, J. & Gackenbach, J. I. (2015). Video games, nightmares, and emotional processing. Emotions and Technology: Communication of Feelings For, With, and
Through Digital Media
(pp. 3-14). London: Elsevier.

Gackenbach, J. I. & Bown, J. (2011). Mindfulness and video game play: A preliminary inquiry. Mindfulness, 2(2), 114-122.

Gackenbach, J. I. & Bown, J. (2011). Video game presence as a function of genre: A preliminary inquiry. Loading…, 5(8), 4-28.

Gackenbach, J. I., Rosie, M., & Bown, J., & Sample, T. (2011). Dream incorporation of video-game play as a function of interactivity and fidelity. Dreaming, 21(1), 32-50.

Presentations
Hrushka, C. & Bown, J. (2016). Kinky Boots: The Psychology of Some Unusual Sex Practices and Other Kink. Presented at the 12th Biennial Western Canadian Conference
on Sexual Health,
Calgary, Alberta.

Hrushka, C. & Bown, J. (2015). Talking About Sex Addiction. Presented at ASPSH 2015 online workshop for health professionals.

Bown, J. & Gackenbach, J. I. (2010). Mindfulness and video game play: A preliminary inquiry. Poster presented at Towards a Science of Consciousness, Tucson, AZ.

Rosie, M., Gackenbach, J. I., Bown, J., & Sample, T. (2010). Dream Incorporation of Video Game Play: Interactivity, Fidelity and Presence. Poster presented at the 27th Annual International Association for the Study of Dreams, Asheville, NC.

Dopko, R., Gackenbach, J.I., Bown, J., Le, H. & Rosie, M. (2009). Video Game Play, Dream Bizarreness and Creativity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Chicago, ILL.

Bown, J. & Anderson, N. (2009). The role of wakefulness on visual adaptation. Poster presented at the Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science, Banff, AB.

Karen Kirkpatrick

Registered Psychologist

Inspiration
Being a “people person”, Karen has always been fascinated by the human experience, and became deeply curious about the factors that contribute to individual flourishing. She began her career as a teacher, but after a journey of self-reflection and discovery, she decided to become a Registered Psychologist.

Education
Karen completed a Bachelor of Education degree as well as a post-bachelor diploma in Inclusive Education at the University of Alberta. She completed a Master of Counselling Psychology degree at Athabasca University. She’s also completed additional training in EMDR Level 1 and 2, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Gottman Couples Counseling Level 1 and 2, Intensive Sex Therapy through Guelph University, and is currently completing training to become a Certified Sex Therapist.

Philosophy
Karen believes that we are the sum of our experiences, the environment, our families, our relationships, our personalities, and the culture we find ourselves in. Therefore, it’s important to understand how these factors and barriers contribute to our health and wellness. As we evolve and change throughout our lives, so do our needs and the type of support we require. Making small changes can enhance several areas of your life. During your counselling sessions, you can expect authenticity, collaboration, and genuine curiosity in understanding you and the experiences that have shaped you.

I believe everyone has the ability to change and create the life they desire. I can offer you a new perspective, and I like to provide clients with resources and activities to enhance the changes or coping strategies they are working towards. I welcome feedback and incorporate it into our work together. Being able to witness change and share space for healing and recovery is an enormous privilege and one I feel honoured to share with my clients.

Vision
Karen collaborates with you to create a relationship built on mutual respect, empathy and comfortability. She believes that humour has a restorative quality and she uses it appropriately in her work. Karen specializes in treating body image concerns, such as weight discrimination and/or fat-phobia, eating disorders and disordered eating, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship struggles and stressors, pre-marital counselling, sexuality and gender exploration, sexual difficulties, grief and loss, stress and burnout, low confidence and difficulties with emotional regulation, as well as trauma. She practices from a Health at Every Size approach, and has training as a Body Trust provider. Karen is a sex-positive, LGBTQIA, trans and poly friendly therapist.

Venessa Farn

Certified Sex Therapist

Inspiration
Growing up in an isolated northern Saskatchewan community, Venessa saw the devastating toll inter-generational family trauma and substance abuse had on members of her community. She also saw the power of the human spirit to strive for a healthier way of life. Inspired by her grandmother’s and mother’s compassion to listen to people’s stories without judgement, Venessa became an advocate for marginalized people and social justice in her community.

Education
Venessa graduated from UW-Whitewater with an MSc in Community Counselling. She has post-graduate training in trauma recovery and substance abuse. She’s also completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of Michigan, and is an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist. She has completed Level II training in EMDR and has training in Music Imagery. Venessa is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and is a Licensed Professional Counsellor in the State of Wisconsin.

Philosophy
Venessa loves to laugh and loves music. She believes that it’s important to have interests and activities that feed your body, mind and spirit, remaining mindful of where you “spend” your energy. Maintaining balance is important for health and wellness, which she achieves through movement, music and a sense of humour. Venessa is an authentic, dynamic therapist who works to build a collaborative relationship with her clients from a non-judgemental perspective.

I am passionate about helping people understand the physiological and developmental processes behind their behaviours, and guiding people towards lasting change while providing a caring and compassionate place to heal. I have travelled extensively and have broad experience with many cultures. I am excited to bring my skills and expertise to Edmonton. Everyone has a story and I am interested in yours.

Vision
Venessa has learned that people who are traumatized rarely feel that they have a voice. Her passion is to help people find their voice. During therapy, her goal is to listen without judgement to people’s stories and help them discover their strength. She specializes in sex therapy and trauma recovery, but is also experienced in treating anxiety, depression, complex PTSD, parenting issues, and women’s issues. She’s an advocate/ally for LGBTQIIS2+ community, and has specialized training for working with transgender individuals. She also has advanced training in couples’ therapy, and is experienced in working with desire discrepancy, infidelity and family conflict.

Angela Corry

Clinical Sexual Health Educator

Inspiration
During Angela’s sexual health education, she realized that her own pre-conceived notions about sexuality were enmeshed with mainstream society’s views on what is “normal”, “healthy” or “feasible”. She believes it’s necessary to reflect on the nature of sexuality, how it fits and how it is used in our social, economic and political structures. She was inspired to work with Loving Choices Psychology to provide continuing education to professional sexuality therapists, educators and clients.

Education

Angela has completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as Advanced Studies in Critical Care Nursing. She has been working as a Registered Nurse for the past 19 years.

Philosophy
Sexuality is a vital component of overall health and wellness. Angela wants to live in a world in which individuals are empowered to live authentically by making choices that cultivate personal empowerment, enhance sexual well-being, celebrate diversity of sexual expression, promote equity across all genders and that encourage active participation in inclusive communities.

Sexuality is a vital component of overall health and wellness. As such, it is our fundamental right as humans to have access to sexual health.

Vision
Angela provides a positive, comprehensive and honest human perspective of human sexuality. She respects cultural pluralism and promotes universal values. She utilizes a variety of teaching methods to address the diversity of learning styles among learners. She aims to address all three learning domains: cognitive, affective, and behavioural. Angela promotes a lifelong learning about sexuality.

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