Your name: Jennifer Hoy
Designation and experience:
I am a Registered Psychologist with a B.A. in Psychology (Honours) and M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. I also have additional training in psycho-educational assessments, family therapy, and trauma-informed practice. Prior to joining the Eckert Centre team, I worked for six years with children and teens, and their families, who were experiencing significant emotional and behavioural challenges. I have worked in a variety of settings, including specialized school placements, post-secondary institutions, campus-based mental health programs, and private practice. I am passionate about helping others increase their overall sense of well-being through a collaborative, relationship-based approach.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by human resiliency and the potential for people to experience post-traumatic growth. Life can be really hard sometimes and bad things do happen, unfortunately. However, I have witnessed, and personally experienced, the power of the human spirit to withstand and grow from adversity. To not let these experiences define you and to learn to actually benefit from these experiences is an incredible demonstration of human resiliency – and I find being able to bear witness to this journey in others incredibly inspiring.
What are your proudest accomplishments?
My proudest accomplishments have been completing my Master’s degree despite personal challenges at that time, and also starting a private practice in addition to working in the non-profit sector. Personally: My proudest accomplishment has been creating a life that allows me to travel and explore my passions.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Work-life balance is important to me, so I spend my non-work time dancing (West African, Caribbean, Latin styles), traveling, spending time with friends and family, or enjoying some quiet individual time with a good book.
Why do you think people should choose Eckert Centre?
There are many reasons to choose Eckert Centre, from the availability of services across the continuum and the opportunity for comprehensive and individualized treatment plans, to its knowledgeable staff and support services, to its warm environment and convenient location. However, I think the most significant factor is the amazing team of dedicated, compassionate, helpful, and skilled people that are here to help you reach your goals and optimal sense of wellness.