Erik Jensen, Ph.D. Vancouver Campus

"After a long career as a therapist and clinical   
supervisor, I am very appreciative of the  
opportunity to teach at Adler University and  
help train and prepare the next  
generation of counsellors." - Erik Jensen, Ph.D. 

"After a long career as a therapist and clinical
supervisor, I am very appreciative of the
opportunity to teach at Adler University and
help train and prepare the next
generation of counsellors." - Erik Jensen, Ph.D. 

Erik Jensen, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, M.A. in Counselling Psychology,
Master of Counselling Psychology 

My aim is to create a safe, supportive learning environment for each student. I focus on interactive, experiential learning, in order to maximize student engagement. Questions and activities are intended to critically engage students, promote curiosity, and broaden and/or challenge current beliefs and attitudes. I use a wide variety of activities in order to accommodate different learning styles. I am strength-based and use encouragement to help maximize each students’ development.

I like to share with students my own clinical experience, knowledge, and passion for helping others. I encourage students to think critically, identify and cultivate their unique strengths and gifts, and ultimately develop their own personal styles and approaches to counselling. I also want each student to develop a strong self-reflection competency, learn to appreciate and incorporate diversity issues into their work, and understand the importance of ongoing personal and professional development. I emphasize the importance of humility, curiosity, imagination, and creativity to counselling work. I also stress the importance of remaining open to new or differing ideas and perspectives.

After a long career as a therapist and clinical supervisor, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to teach at Adler University and help train and prepare the next generation of counsellors. I have discovered that I have the same passion for teaching as I do for clinical practice. I love the diverse student population, and their commitment to learning, social justice, improving communities, and helping others. The staff and faculty are very skilled, supportive, and encouraging.

Education

  • Ph.D., Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • M.A., Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • M.Ed., Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • M.A., History, University of British Columbia
  • B.A., History, University of British Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor, British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors

Select Awards

  • Dissertation Award of Excellence for 2018/2019 academic year, Pacifica Graduate Institute (2019)
  • Full Wagner Graduate Fellowship for academic achievement, University of British Columbia (1995)

Past Experience Highlights

  • Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor, Project Parent Fraser South & Guildford Counselling Clinic, Family Services of Greater Vancouver
  • Clinical Supervisor/Consultant, St. Leonard’s Youth & Family Services Society
  • Clinical Supervisor/Consultant, Sea to Sky Community Services
  • Child & Youth Therapist, Child & Youth Access, St. Leonard’s Youth & Family Services
  • Family Counsellor, Project Parent Fraser South, Family Services of Greater Vancouver
  • Family Therapist, Full-Fee Family Therapy Program, Family Services of Greater Vancouver