Jonah's story and organizational identity has many facets and continues to develop over time. Jonah has grown from one practitioner in 2014 to include many diverse practitioners in our helper's circle. We have also offered many community supports in addition to talk therapy over the years. We continue to grow in the same way we began; in response to our community and as we navigate the community we are part of and the needs before us.
Folks have said that Jonah offers professional, ethical, creative, justice oriented therapy and groups and that we offer a safe and comfortable environment for exploring new possibilities and stories.
We strive always to be attentive to culture, ability, gender, race, and sexual orientation, and hope to always start from a desire to learn and to offer a judgment free space.
We try not cooperate with exclusively medicalized models of care, as these are often cold, distant, and pathologizing, which has caused great harm. We attempt to glean all we can from professional discourses without compromising our commitment to non oppressive practice that centers clients and community.
What's our name got to do with it?
Our name comes from the sacred story about a man named Jonah who reluctantly spoke truth to an oppressive force - and then that oppressive force responded and changed. It's an important story because that's not the usual pattern - power generally protects itself and doesn't listen or change. The Jonah story is about eyes opening and awareness growing - and the world changing in humane and just ways as a result.
We center our work on this possibility.
The Jonah story is about speaking truth to power, and that represents some of the spirit of Jonah Counselling. We know that people's lives are terribly affected by many oppressive and unjust realities in the world; we know that we don't all have the same experiences and opportunities. The struggles of our lives aren’t solely located within us - in fact, many of them are connected to forces in the world that we have no control over. We are interested in exploring the details and the context, and helping people experience freedom from oppressive forces that affect all of us in varying degrees.
The Jonah story is also an example of how stories give shape and meaning to our lives; they help us locate ourselves across time and space; stories connect us to others who have had similar experiences. We are never alone, and stories constantly remind us of that. The power of story is foundational to the way we hope to be working with people.
We all need to find time and support for examining our lives and the stories embedded in them; considering our values or purpose, coming to terms with our regrets, finding ways toward healing the wounds we’ve experienced. We also need to be honest about the ways social values and cultural norms both help and harm us.
We’re here to accompany you on your unique journey of awareness and healing.