About

Jessica Forrest, PhD – Certified Trauma Professional

Welcome! I am so glad you are here. My name is Jessica (she/her), and I have been devoted to studying, researching, teaching, and practicing a broad range of modalities related to personal growth and healing for 17 years. 

My passion began as an effort to help myself. I am no stranger to lonely, dark, and hopeless places. For decades I struggled with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, disordered eating, health challenges, and dysfunctional relationships. I was able to shift from surviving to thriving once I discovered practices that empowered me to connect with my innate wholeness and capacity to heal.

Now I have the honour of helping others. Below you will find information about my approach and credentials. If you have any questions, I hope you will feel comfortable reaching out via email or using the connect form at the bottom of this page.

Approach

Empowerment Focused. In our partnership, you are the expert of your experience and the leader of your journey. My role is to be a supportive companion and compassionate witness to your healing process. If along the way you encounter places that feel stuck or overwhelming, I can offer practices designed to help by reconnecting you with your inner healing intelligence.

Trauma Informed. Many of us have experienced some form of trauma. Our partnership will be informed by the guiding principles of trauma-informed care with the intention to best support healing and prevent re-traumatization. These principles include safety; trustworthiness and transparency; collaboration and mutuality; empowerment, voice, and choice; and responsiveness to cultural, historical, and gender issues. My hope is that within our partnership you will feel cared for, listened to, understood, and respected.

“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.”

– Peter A. Levine, PhD

Attachment Based. Trauma frequently involves or results in a rupture of our connection with ourselves, others, or life itself. With this understanding, our partnership can become a safe container to explore relational wounds and provide corrective experiences to promote repair. Across all healing modalities, the relationship between client and practitioner best predicts positive outcomes. For this reason, I will often invite you to explore how our connection is feeling for you and what is arising in the relational field between us.

Ethically Grounded. Protecting the welfare of clients in healing spaces is critical. I bring to my practice education and professional experience in the field of ethics and I follow the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s Standards of Practice. To support the safety and well-being of my clients I engage in regular personal therapy, professional supervision, peer consultation, and continuing education.

Credentials

Please click here for a complete overview of my experience, education, credentials, and publications. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology

Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology (In Progress)

Certified Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience (DARe) Practitioner

Certified Trauma Professional (CTP)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Informed Practitioner – Level 1 IFS Insititute

Connect

Hours

Monday to Friday

8:30am to 3:30pm Pacific Time

Email

hello@jessicaforrest.ca

I acknowledge that I am an uninvited settler on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) First Nations. It is with deep gratitude that I live on this land and I am committed to doing my part to advance truth and reconciliation.