Growing up in the Shuswap/Okanagan, Jillian has been involved with music since the age of 7 – in a community that continues to encourage and supports local music and art. By the age of 17, she achieved her ARCT diploma in classical piano performance. Since this time she has experience working with a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
Jillian is extremely enthusiastic as an instructor and believes in the importance of fostering a fun and encouraging environment for students. She has a bubbly disposition and likes to work with students with each of their unique strengths and backgrounds.
Jillian obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University and subsequently obtained her Master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia. In addition to Jillian’s musical endeavors, she is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) specializing in counselling for mental health, addiction, disability, and crisis management/intervention.
Currently she works as a concurrent disorders counsellor in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community, with a running total of over 8 years of direct, front-line experience working with marginalized and vulnerable individuals experiencing substance abuse, homelessness, trauma, violence, and/or co-occurring disabilities.