Vicki Hebert, BCR, RTCc
Mental Health Therapist | Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® | EMDR Clinician
I believe it is an incredible honour to work alongside others who have experienced grief and loss. It was the loss of my mother to cancer four years ago that changed everything that I had imagined and planned for in my life. My mother’s death was anticipated yet, nothing prepared me for the feelings of devastation that followed for months afterward. It was this journey through loss, grief, and eventual healing that led me into working with others who have experienced loss, providing compassionate and evidence-based practices in my work.
I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor candidate, with completion of all core courses from the Master of Counselling program through City University of Seattle. After credential approval, I will pursue registration as a psychologist through the College of Alberta Psychologists. During this process, I will be completing my research in the area of somatic interventions for the treatment of adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. As a trained physical therapist assistant and yoga instructor, utilizing the body in treatment I believe facilitates holistic healing of the entire person; body, mind, and spirit.
In my spare time I enjoy spending it with my husband and two children, family, and friends. I love adventures to the mountains and taking walks with my dog, Moose. Also, mindfulness and yoga are important to my mental health, providing me with moments to find peace and gratitude in each day.
Vicki has worked in the mental health field for the past 12 years, with experience in the areas of trauma, post-traumatic stress, dissociative disorders, grief and loss, anxiety, mood disorders, individuals impacted by human trafficking, and survivors of mass tragedies. After the completion of her undergraduate degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Vicki worked as a forensic outreach worker, with individuals found not criminally responsible due to mental illness (NCR). Prior to this work, Vicki worked with individuals impacted by neurodegenerative disorders (dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease), intellectual disabilities, and in forensic outpatient services.
Vicki has been certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additional trainings include the Hakomi method, consciousness-based psychotherapy, and mindfulness. Vicki has also provided teaching assistance for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
During Vicki’s internships in the Master of Counselling program with City University of Seattle, she completed an extensive internship both in private practice and at the Sexual Assault Centre, in Sherwood Park. Vicki provided therapy and informal assessment services to both adults and adolescents. Vicki provided treatment for historical and recent sexual violence, individuals in the sex trade industry, human trafficking survivors, and created and facilitated a mindful movement and expressive arts group for women who have experienced sexual violence. Utilizing a trauma-informed lens informs the treatment Vicki provides in the therapeutic process.
Vicki’s educational background also includes a diploma as a Therapy Assistant from MacEwan University, including placements at the University of Alberta Hospital and long-term care settings. Also, Vicki completed her undergraduate degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (BCR), from the University of Calgary.
Other Professional Activities
Vicki is currently a volunteer trauma therapist for Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network’s hotline, supporting individuals impacted by human trafficking.
Vicki is also a therapist at Saffron Centre, the sexual assault centre in Sherwood Park. Vicki provides counselling services to those impacted by sexual violence including childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.
Vicki is a member of The Grief Recovery Institute and the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada. Vicki is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor candidate, approved to provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals in Alberta.
Media and Workshops
Vicki is a certified mindfulness and yin yoga instructor, facilitating workshops for non-profit organizations and yoga studios in Edmonton. Vicki has also facilitated Trauma-Informed Yoga workshops throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas.