Dr. Jennifer Primmer is a Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. She is also an internationally certified Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy with an emphasis in Cognitive Science and a Minor in Law from Dalhousie University, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Ph.D in Philosophy with an emphasis in Cognitive Science from McMaster University.
Jennifer focuses on providing treatment to members of the general public, Veterans, and First Responders who have experienced traumatic events of different kinds. She routinely works with individuals, couples, and families facing a range of mental health and adjustment concerns. Some of these have included post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, stress management, grief and loss, anger/aggression, and other emotional and behavioral issues.
She is committed to employing evidence-based treatments in her practice to better assist her clients to overcome challenges and increase their quality of life. These treatments include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and Mindfulness-Based Treatment. She also utilizes the Gottman Therapy approach to assist couples having difficulties in their relationship. Every patient has a unique path to healing and emotional processing – Jennifer facilitates this with openness, warmth, and a clear path towards meeting therapeutic goals.
In addition, Jennifer is regularly engaged to speak at community-based events on a range of topics, including post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, critical incident stress, resiliency, work-
life balance, non-verbal communication, and stress management. In 2016, she organized a sold-out gala in conjunction with Wounded Warriors Canada called PTSD911: An Evening Hope, benefiting veterans, first responders, and their families.
In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers with Military Minds Inc. – an international organization comprised of combat veterans offering peer support services for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. As the resident “Doc”, she creates programs to assist veterans and their families overcome the struggles associated with occupational stress injuries.