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
Parenting Your LGBTQ Child or TeenagerAppointment Length
1 hour 30 minutesService Description
For some families, their child's coming out journey is a simple, easy conversation over the breakfast table. But for others - whether because of religious convictions or just upbringing - a child's coming out can be an emotionally challenging and even relationally divisive experience. Heather brings her experience growing up in the evangelical church, serving in Christian leadership, and parenting LGBTQ teenagers, along with professional training and experience working with organizations like the Gilbert Centre and Generous Space to parents as they seek to navigate their child’s coming out journey, examine religiously held convictions that may make this more difficult, deal with family members who may take a negative approach and navigate their own fears, concerns and emotions. No question, fear or emotion is forbidden. Heather creates space for you to process this transition yourself, enabling you to better show up to parent and care for your child or teenager.
If you are a new client, please complete an intake form at https://forms.gle/Tqk2QJx8AkEWsum18 prior to your first session.