Jessica Donovan, MSW, RWS
Jessica is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a Clinical Specialization from the University of Calgary.
From a young age, Jessica knew that she wanted to help people to feel better. Her journey to child, family and couples counselling began working with children experiencing mental health and behavioural concerns. This led her to recognize the impact of addressing their challenges’ root causes. Complex, systemic issues such as poverty, homelessness, and adverse experiences, including trauma. Motivated to help, she obtained a master’s degree. This equipped her with more in-depth knowledge to support and empower parents, caregivers, couples, and families in overcoming systemic barriers.
Supporting couples, parents, and caregivers
Jessica brings the Couples Reconnect team non-profit clinical and institutional expertise. Her ample experience includes supporting the mental health and wellbeing of families and children within Calgary’s education, youth justice, and child welfare systems. Within these roles, she helped overwhelmed, exhausted, and dysregulated parents who had a hard time connecting with their partners, children, and community. In this way, Jessica’s experience has involved supporting couples, parents, and caregivers to develop their ability to be more present and attentive. More connected parents are better able to respond in consistently loving ways to each other and their children. Ultimately, the quality of our relationship as a couple creates kinder families and weaves a stronger societal fabric for the future.
Creating your relationship’s feel-good story
Often, our relational difficulties stem from childhood experiences and from the coping and protective mechanisms we developed as children. In adult relationships, these responses can surface in reactive ways. We can do better. Mechanisms that worked for us in the past are unlikely to serve us best as we grow.
Additionally, unhealthy conflict might be familiar to us. When this is the case, we might not even recognize how unhappy we feel. We could be missing our immense potential to feel more whole, safe, and happy. By the time we recognize our longstanding, recurring, unhealthy patterns, a great deal of unhappiness might have been sown in our relationships.
However, we can rewire our neural pathways. With the help of a couples therapist, couples can rewrite their stories.
For love and connection, the right support sparks hope
Couples counselling with Jessica can help you grow closer and more connected as a couple. She appreciates the opportunity to become part of your relationship’s story, and to empower you in making your stories as a couple feel-good ones.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Looking for child counselling?
Relationship problems can impact kids and families. If this is the case for you, Jessica can also help you in this area. In addition to doing couples therapy in Calgary, she is also on the child counselling team at Kids Reconnect.
Couples Reconnect, a branch of Calgary Reconnect Counselling Group, acknowledges that we are gathered on Treaty 7 territory, the original home of the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kanai First Nations; the Stoney Nakoda, comprised of the Chiniki, Wesley, and Bearspaw First Nations; and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. This territory is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Located on this traditional territory, our mission is to spark reconnection and healing within kids, parents, and families. We do this work with respect for these First Nations and in a spirit of humility, kindness, inclusion, and diversity.