Heather is a Child & Youth Worker who is passionate about building therapeutic relationships with youth and their families to help them lead meaningful, healthy lives. Working from a strength-based perspective, she feels powerful change occurs when individuals are given opportunities to identify and build upon their intrinsic skills and abilities. She believes kindness, empathy, humour, and acceptance are the building blocks for success, and models these values when working with clients.
Heather has experience working in a wide range of treatment settings, including group homes, youth shelters, foster care, and acute hospital inpatient mental health. She is currently a Child & Youth Worker at Michael Garron Hospital and McMaster Children’s Hospital. She has experience working with a number of evidence-based approaches and successfully incorporates these into her daily practice, including CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing.
Heather received her Honours B.A. in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009 and her diploma in Child and Youth Work from Humber College in 2013.
She enjoys reading, baking, playing with her pets, drinking coffee with friends, and cooking with her husband.