People come to counselling for a wide variety of reasons. Jonah counsellors are open to exploring your experiences & stories with you. (See our service providers here.) We’ve been working with adults, youth, children, and families for many years. One of our guiding ideas at Jonah Counselling is that people are not problems and problems are not people. The counselling relationship attempts to generate new space and perspectives so that problems do not characterize our lives. It’s our hope that new life possibilities and identities have room to breathe and be explored in therapy.
Areas of professional experience: depression, couple conflict, relationship (re)connection, trauma histories, suicidal ideation, pregnancy counselling/loss, anxiety, relationship conflict, sexual abuse history, family harmony, disordered eating, transition support, overall health/wellbeing, addressing domestic violence, emotional abuse, grief and/or loss, mediation, rage/anger management, addiction or substance misuse, character development.
Some of our practice has focused on work with Indigenous peoples, children in care, survivors of Canada’s historic Residential schools and their families. These are some of the deepest wounds in our community and in our context. We are honoured to be among the helpers, and we’re constantly seeking to learn more about history and reconciliation in order to provide appropriate, safe, and informed supports. We partner with a Cree Knowledge Keeper, and work with other elders and teachers in support of healing and helping work. Some of these services are funded by NIHB Mental Health benefits and local child welfare and family support agencies, contact us to learn more.
Jonah Counselling also offers community based services for youth, sometimes in connection with the Action Therapy community. This way of working with youth paves the way for collaborative and community based opportunities that can address trauma, abandonment, and family concerns. Connection, cultural programming, and active community service are privileged in this approach. Through Jonah’s community based approaches, youth experience less structured support, often interact with peer groups, and are able to explore Indigenous teachings and ceremony (if they wish). This service is reserved for young people who have not found other therapy approaches helpful. Service providers are client-led in creative and flexible ways, tailored to each person’s unique needs and goals.
Theories and ideas informing the therapeutic approach at Jonah: Narrative Therapy/ideas, Attachment Theory, Anti-oppressive practice, Feminist Therapy, Collaborative Approaches, Community-based Therapies, Post-Structural Theory, Motivational Interviewing. Counselling sessions often include creative endeavours such as art, collage, or story. Art- & Play-therapy principles also inform our approach. Our team includes an art therapist and opportunities in the Expressive Arts.
We seek regular supervision and professional guidance in our work, always striving for well rounded and contextually-informed service provision. We are proud to participate in a Narrative Therapy practice group as well as peer reading groups with other therapists in an effort to continually develop our therapeutic skills. Our various professional associations require ongoing Professional Development, and we are pleased to be receiving ongoing education that serves our clients and helps us provide meaningful supports.
Jonah Counselling Services are directed by Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak, MA, MMFT, RSW.
Some of our Counselling Clients/Partners: Awasis, Southeast CFS, Sandy Bay CFS, Island Lake CFS, KSMA, FASD Life’s Journey, Metis CFS, West Region CFS, Peguis CFS, Nikan Awasisak, Ndinawemaaaganag Endawaad, CAHRD, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre, Gonzaga Middle School, First Nations Family Advocate, Winnipeg Family Services, OCN CFS, Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Indigenous Services Canada (Federal funding), Family Services Manitoba (Provincial funding)