Gail Janjua, BA, MSW, RSW Registered Social Worker
I have a strong passion in working with individuals looking for guidance and support in finding connection with others and within themselves. I value hearing your story and appreciate the opportunity to walk alongside you. Life situations and changes can be complicated and disruptive, and one of the most difficult steps can be reaching out for support. I am here to create a safe and trusting environment for you, full of authenticity, respect, understanding, acceptance, empathy, humour and no judgement. I look forward to utilizing effective therapeutic approaches and working together in creating a plan tailored to your individual needs.
I work with adults and teens who are struggling with a broad range of concerns, such as addictions, anxiety, burnout, depression, grief and loss, relationships, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, stress & trauma. I am also available for general concerns to talk things out with.
I have advanced specialized training and passion working with adults and teens struggling with substance use and addictions- including alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, pornography and sex addictions. Together we can work to ensure that problems are being addressed and plans are put in place to get you back on the path of healing. I look forward to connecting with you and having the opportunity to support you in your journey!
My Professional Experience
I have been working in this field for over 10 yearsand have a strong passion for Social Work, specializing in addictions and mental health. I also have extensive experience providing counselling services, one-on-one as well as groups, to various populations struggling with mental health and addictions. I currently work with Alberta Health Services as a Social Work on an addiction and mental health in-patient unit providing group therapy, one-on-one guidance and resource support to the youth and adult population.
Education and Training
I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Sociologyand I have a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Calgary. I continue to pursue ongoing professional development and have completed the following training:
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
Certificate in Mastering Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Clinical Challenges: Resolving Trauma, Anxiety, Attachment Injuries, & Addictions
Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health professional (CAIMHP)
Certificate for Trauma Informed Motivational Interviewing
Certificate for Integrate Motivational Interviewing with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) & Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Certificate for Motivational Interview Skills for Macro-Trauma: Help Clients Overcome the Impact of Collective, Racial & Systemic Trauma
Certificate for Walking With Grief Helping Others Deal With Loss
I am registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers #12918
I was born and raised in British Columbia but have spent years living and exploring different cities in Alberta. My family continues to live in BC so I enjoy taking holidays home to enjoy the beautiful weather, ethnic foods and of course my family. When I have free time, I love to travel all over the world meeting amazing people, some life-long friends and trying unique cultural foods. I also love taking hobby classes, dancing and spending time with friends.