Heather Matthews, B.A., M.C.
Registered Provisional Psychologist | EMDR Clinician
I am grateful to have the opportunity to walk alongside those who have experienced grief, loss, and trauma in their lives. I have experienced a number of different forms of loss in my lifetime from the passing of my grandparents and the loss of friendships, to unexpected changes to my own life path. Each experience has left me to question what I once understood and to seek out a new way to be in the world. On a professional level, I have sat alongside clients who have experienced profound losses.
Working with techniques from narrative therapy, solution-focused approaches, mindfulness, play based interventions and EMDR, it is my hope to be able to support my clients as they move through the journey of self-exploration and discovery and arrive at a place of meaningful change and understanding.
In my free time I love to read, cook and bake, and spend time with friends and family. In 2020 I will be trying to learn a new hobby of pottery.
Heather completed her Bachelor of Arts degree (Honors) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and her Masters of Counselling degree through the University of Calgary in 2017. She has completed training in EMDR, Mindfulness Based Counselling Strategies and play based therapies. Between degrees, Heather has had the opportunity to support children and families in through her work as a youth care worker and as a match facilitator, agency trainer, and club coordinator at Boys and Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton.
During her internship for her master’s program Heather worked as a mental health therapist at The Family Centre and continues her work at the agency. She has experience working in collaborative service delivery models supporting families involved with Children’s Services, and as a school based mental health therapist. Through this work she has supported clients with various presenting issues such as stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, learning disabilities and ADHD, separation and divorce and emotional regulation. Heather provides counselling services to adults, adolescents, and children.