The problems people have in relationships or trying to reach their personal goals often relate back to experiences they had as a child. As they passed from one stage of development to another, for any number of reasons, different needs were not met and appropriate life skills didn’t develop. Now, as adults, they find themselves stuck in a repeating, maladaptive pattern.

During the sessions, the goals are to identify the patterns of thinking and behaviour that have developed because of these early experiences, and to express the feelings associated with them. Once understood, these patterns can be changed.

My role is to be a resource, a skilled person who can help people sort through their feelings, understand why they do what they do, and help them make changes.


Sessions are completely confidential and private, and are usually scheduled for one hour. Longer sessions can be arranged.

During the first session, clients explain what issue they would like to focus on. Together, we set some realistic goals and decide on a time frame for reviewing how things are progressing. We also discuss different techniques that can be used.


Couples Counselling. Couples focus on developing open and honest lines of communication. This allows both individual and shared needs to be expressed clearly and patterns of thinking and behaving that are not effective to be identified. In practical terms, the focus of this work can be to improve the relationship or to help couples in the difficult process of separating.

Family Systems Work. Needs that are not met in childhood, perhaps because of abuse or other situational factors, give rise to difficulties later in life. These difficulties show themselves when people can’t maintain satisfying relationships, have trouble making decisions, are perfectionists or are generally unhappy. People find themselves caught in a cycle of self-criticism from which they are unable to break free. Family systems work identifies the roles played by each family member and how these roles have contributed to the present situation. This work goes back to the earliest remembered occurrence of these issues, and identifies those needs not met during that developmental period. This awareness helps clients understand why they feel and act the way they do and what concrete steps need to be taken.

Relaxation. Chronic muscular contraction can cause people to feel tense and stressed. A modified form of progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) focuses on systematically contracting and relaxing muscle groups throughout the body. PMR can reduce tension and make it easier to handle different situations.

Visualization. Visualization is a technique often used in sports. Generally, a specific image of oneself performing a particular activity is visualized. This image is then used as a template to achieve the desired performance. In counselling, visualization helps the client to see a specific event in the past and to go back and change that event into one that has a more desirable outcome. This new image can then be used as a model for future behaviour.

Dream Analysis. Analyzing dreams can help determine unconscious tensions that affect clients. Dreams are the interface between the conscious waking world and the unconscious. The dream can often provide valuable information that has not yet reached consciousness.

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The work of Carl Jung forms the basis of my work as a counsellor. Jung believed that the different aspects of the personality had to be in balance for the individual to be healthy, otherwise the resulting imbalance created an unhealthy imbalance. By identifying those aspects that are out of balance, and what effects they have, we also discover what needs to be addressed.


Jorhdin earned a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 1986, an M.A. at York University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Community Health at the University of Toronto in 1992. She is a Registered Psychotherapist.

Her counselling internship was conducted in 1989–90 at the Atkinson Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, York University. She served as a consultant at the Centre in 1990–91.

Jorhdin has trained at the Bradshaw Center in Los Angeles and been in private practice since 1989. From 1997 to 1999, she also received training at the C.G. Jung Institute Analyst Training Program in Pittsburgh and has completed the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-Processing (EMDR) training.

Jorhdin is the Mental Performance Training Coach for the Canadian National Women’s Squash Team. Since May, 2014, she has been a part-time psychotherapist in the Executive Health Program at Cleveland Clinic Canada.

Jorhdin was Chair, Certification, at the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) until May 30, 2014.


    Located in Canmore, Alberta, and available online for Toronto clients.

Tel: 416.895.0664 or 403.609.8188
E-mail: counselling @ jbanner.org