Heather has spent 17 years working with thousands of pregnant and parenting individuals through issues including infertility, miscarriage, adverse prenatal diagnosis, premature birth, stillbirth, birth trauma, NICU stays, infant loss, postpartum depression, Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss (SPAL), physical/developmental disability and mental health issues (for parents or children). She has experienced infant loss herself as well as raising two children, each with multiple disabilities. She has also supported numerous individuals in their LGBTQ journeys. Heather has worked as the Founding Support Director for the Trisomy 18 Foundation, the Client Services Director of a local non-profit, attended over 50 births as a High Risk Doula, trained under Penny Simkin on Childbirth After Sexual Abuse, and is a Life Coach with thousands of hours of clinical experience. Whether working with issues related to pregnancy, parenting, partnering or personal life - whether dealing with the traumatic or the mundane - Heather believes strongly in the power of honesty and connection to lead to true, tangible transformation. As one client recently said, "I just have to tell you - our meeting yesterday has changed the way I view myself in a very positive way. What you are doing is lifechanging!"
- Birth Doula
- When Survivors Give Birth
- Quest (Life Coach)
- University of Toronto - BA with Honours with Distinction
- Mount Carmel Bible School - Honours Diploma
$99.00 per appointment
Disability Parenting CoachAppointment Length
1 hour 30 minutesService Description
Parenting is hard enough at the best of times. But what happens when you throw disability into the mix? Whether diagnosed at birth or later in life, parents are often given little time and fewer tools in terms of how to process a new diagnosis; how to respond to and support a child through a recent traumatic experience (like an accident, new disability or medical trauma) for their child. Parents are also often left in the dark in terms of how to develop skills to respond to challenging behaviours, or create resilience within the family structure to respond to on-going stressors. And when disability results in the death of a child, there are few resources available to help parents grieve that loss. Heather draws on almost two decades of experience as a parent of disabled children, and four decades of experience as a person with a disability, along with thousands of clinical hours supporting families and individuals with disabilities to assist parents in creating the structures, supports and tools needed for you and your child to not only survive disability but to come to thrive in the midst of disability.
If you are a new client, please complete an intake form at https://forms.gle/Tqk2QJx8AkEWsum18 prior to your first session.