Jan is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist who has over 22 years experience in the counselling field. Jan and Jurgen have been in private practice since 1996 and continue to provide counselling services to individuals from every walk of life. Also through ACT Associates and other EAP companies, they have provided critical incident stress management interventions at 911, the earthquake in Haiti, many downsizings of organizations, employee deaths, plant closures, fires, church breakdowns, bank robberies and many other onsite critical incidents.
The majority of Jan’s clientele are individuals, couples or families struggling with issues related to their relationship, separation/divorce, mental health issues, addictions, parenting, elder care, compassion fatigue, relational violence, well-being and personal growth.
But, Jan did not begin here. Jan grew up in many locations throughout Ontario, including the far North and military bases, as a child with her family of origin. Moving became a normal part of family life as her father was transferred from one location to another as a result of his specializations. After attending many public and high schools, Jan received her Bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with Majors in both Psychology and Sociology and a Minor in Religion and Culture. Her Masters of Theological Studies was earned at Wilfrid Laurier University/Waterloo Lutheran Seminary as was her Masters of Divinity equivalency. Jan enhanced her Clinical Training with a 3 year internship with Interfaith Family Counselling Centre, previously located in Cambridge, Ontario.
Jan continued on to earn her Doctoral degree at Wilfrid Laurier University/Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her Doctoral Dissertation was entitled “The impact of diagnostic labels” which looked at significant mental health diagnoses and whether the label was helpful or hindering for the individual.
Jan has developed specializations in Critical Incident Stress Management, Addictions, Mental Health, Relational and Domestic Violence, Individual, Couple and Family Therapy as well as Play Therapy. She has been a professor for over 18 years at both Heritage College and Seminary and Wilfrid Laurier University/Waterloo Lutheran Seminary teaching in the areas of Addictions, Mental Health, Psychopathology, Pre-Practicum, Relational Violence, Ethics, Critical Incident Stress Management, Sexual Health, Couple and Family Therapy and Human Development.
Jan enhanced her learning in the area of mental health through working full time with the Canadian Mental Health Association in both Kitchener and Cambridge. Her clinical experience was also enhanced in working full time in both short and long term residential addictions recovery programs for an extended period of time.
With her expertise and skills, Jan enjoys helping people create the life and relationships they desire for their future. If there is some way that Jan or someone from our organization can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Jurgen offers to companies a unique ability to recognize psychological blocks that keep people from reaching their full potential in productivity, efficiency, and creativity. His experience with large corporations, teams and individuals allows him to offer solutions to complex human interactions.
With his Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Counselling and Marriage and Family studies you know he brings the in-depth knowledge that can address many difficult situations. For corporations he takes on situations such as high-risk terminations, critical incidents, employer-employee conflicts, mediations and downsizings.
Jurgen continues to be sought by major Employee Assistance Providers to provide professional, dependable, and courteous service in the area of Critical Incident Stress Management. He understands the challenges faced by businesses as he runs a business with his partner in ACT Associates, Janice Dinsmore Czechowsky. He has held positions within government and private industry deepening his knowledge of the challenges faced by both in today’s economic environment. From the shop floor to the executive offices you will find Jurgen personable, experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to finding solutions that work for you.
In his private practice he provides counselling to individuals and couples helping them navigate life’s complexities in today’s fast paced and changing world. In his private practice, as well as his EAP work, he has provided counseling to individuals coping with stress, depression, anger management and work related issues. Jurgen has also provided change management strategies and crisis intervention to individuals and businesses. In his EAP work Jurgen has provided counseling to employees at the management and executive level of major corporations.
Jurgen is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.