Heather Andrew, B.A., MSW
Registered Social Worker | EMDR Clinician
As a young person, I struggled to understand my own experiences of childhood trauma. I grieved the loss of the hopes and expectations that I had for the relationship with my dad, who struggled with addictions, mental illness and his own trauma history. It can be hard for others to understand the complex emotions that come with grieving the loss associated with a person who is still alive. My own experience is what drives me to support others on their journey toward healing.
I am a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I am currently pursuing my registration as a Clinical Social Worker. I have several years of therapeutic experience working with children, youth, adults and families. I come from a background of working with clients who have experienced complex trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, attachment disorders and a variety of other challenges. I am a client-centered therapist who takes a holistic approach to healing, using empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice. Based on the client’s needs, I use interventions including: Solution-focused approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Theraplay®, play based approach, mindfulness and EMDR.
In my free time, I enjoy trying new restaurants in the city, travelling, hiking and spending time with friends and family. I also consider myself a life-long learner, and I am often engaged in learning new tools and techniques for therapeutic interventions.
Heather completed her Bachelor of Arts degree (Honors – Co-op) at the University of Guelph in 2013, and her Master’s degree in Social Work with Clinical Specialization through the University of Calgary in 2017. Heather has training in EMDR, Theraplay®, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Sandtray approaches, play/art based approaches, and mindfulness. During her Co-op program within her Bachelor’s degree, Heather gained experience as a Youth Worker in a Residential Treatment Facility for Children with Behavioural Difficulties, as an Educator for elementary children in an outdoor education program, and as a Civilian Member of the Peel Regional Police working with youth and adults in the local community. During her internships within her Master’s degree, Heather gained experience as a Mental Health Therapist at the Learning and Development Clinic with Alberta Health Services, and as a Mental Health Therapist at Family Community Services Strathcona.
In addition to her role at The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre, Heather also works as a therapist with The Family Centre of Northern Alberta. In this role, Heather works as a School Based Mental Health Therapist, and as part of the Family Services Support Team, providing therapy supports to children and families who have Children’s Services involvement. Heather has supported clients with a variety of presenting issues including trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, stress, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, attachment disorders, emotional dysregulation, behavioural challenges, autism and learning disabilities. Heather offers therapy interventions to children, youth, adults and families.
Media and Workshops
Heather facilitates a workshop called Focus on Communication in Separation at The Family Centre. Additionally, she has been featured in several news articles and videos through her work at The Family Centre.