Theories and ideas informing the therapeutic approach at Jonah:

  • Narrative Therapy 

  • Anti-oppressive practice

  • Art and Expressive Therapies

  • Somatic Exploration

  • Trauma Informed Approaches

  • Feminist Therapy

  • Focusing Oriented Therapy (FOT)

  • Collaborative Approaches

  • Movement and Mindfulness

  • Community-based Therapies

  • Post-Structural Theory

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Attachment Theory


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 we all include opportunities in the Expressive Arts, as well as Somatic Experiencing, in the helping work we do.

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, informed supports.  We are committed to interrogating areas of privilege so that we do not continue historic harm.  We partner with a Cree Knowledge Keeper, and work with other elders and teachers in support of this area of healing and helping work. 

Jonah Counselling also offers community based services for youth. We are grateful to the Action Therapy community for offering guidance in this important area.  We host frequent programs and groups such as drumming and drum-making, or young women's teachings and sharing circles. These offerings are often jointly offered with other community groups. We want to work collaborative and offer community based opportunities so that young people can address trauma, abandonment, and family concerns.  Through Jonah’s community based approaches, youth experience less structured support, often interact with peer groups, and are sometimes able to explore Indigenous teachings and ceremony (if they wish and as directed by therapeutic goals).  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.