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Jodie Purnell, MC

Jodie is an active listener and a compassionate ally for her clients. She provides an environment where people feel empowered to be themselves and share their stories. Jodie shows empathy and acceptance as she encourages clients to live authentically and according to their chosen values. She thrives in working with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families. For those who desire it, Jodie is happy to integrate spirituality and faith-based counselling, including Christian counselling.

Some areas of strength for Jodie include:

  • Adolescents
  • Anger
  • Anxiety / OCD / social anxiety
  • Body image
  • Boundaries
  • Christian / spiritually-sensitive counselling
  • Chronic pain
  • Couples
  • Decision-making
  • Depression (mild / moderate)
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Faith transitions
  • Family of origin issues
  • Gender-based issues
  • Grief
  • Life transitions / career changes
  • Men’s issues
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting/ parent-child conflict/ co-parenting / parenting anxious children
  • Peer relationships
  • Postpartum depression / postpartum anxiety
  • Self-injury
  • Stress
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Young adults


Jodie uses a variety of theoretical approaches, depending on clients’ needs. She is certified in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and appreciates its focus on values-based living. Jodie also makes use of narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (for PTSD), solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, and family systems therapy. For working with couples, Jodie is trained in the Gottman method (Level II).  She often integrates mindfulness practices and has interest in continuing to learn about the ways in which stress and trauma are stored in the body.


Jodie is offering daytime and weekend appointments. To schedule your first session with Jodie, please email or call 403-695-7911.