Jesse Baker - Intern

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My Background

I am currently working as an addictions counsellor on the Downtown Eastside and have over 5 years of experience helping at-risk youth and marginalized populations who have experienced severe trauma. I am currently completing my Masters of Counselling degree through City University.

Through my work experience, I am familiar with the impacts of substance use and trauma and the many ways people try to manage the pain surrounding it. I have journeyed with many people as they work to find healing and restoration from addiction and traumatic life events. It is not an easy road, nor is it a straight path, but I am honoured to be able to walk alongside people as they regain hope and meaning in their life.

Therapeutic Approach

I recognize that reaching out for help is hard, but is also courageous.  When working with clients, I focus first on the relationship, building an environment of safety and trust, acknowledging there is healing in real human relationships. Recognizing that every person has inherent value and worth, I bring an expectation of hope and possibility for change to every conversation and treat each client with respect, understanding the unique experiences that have led them to the decision of coming to counselling.

When working with me, you can expect to be met with a kind, compassionate and gentle approach, while also be encouraged to explore your current challenges, where there is pain, and how to move on from there. Recognizing that trauma is a common experience, having worked with people who have lived through severe trauma, we can work together to develop practical strategies for managing the impact of trauma on your life and dealing with the relational and emotional complexities.

Believing in the importance of professional and evidence-based treatments, I use elements of family systems, cognitive behavioural, existential, narrative, and solution-focused therapy. In simple terms, I draw on a variety of different modalities that address the different components of what makes us human. These research-based modalities engage our thoughts, emotions, behaviours, relationships and where we find meaning and purpose. 

Integral to my work with clients, I believe that each person is the expert of their own life, even if they feel lost, and that my role as a counsellor is to journey with to identify and deal with the problems that can come up throughout life.