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HEATHER ANTONI

I am a registered member of the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario as well as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.  My Masters degree is in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and my undergraduate degree is in Counselling and Intercultural Studies.  My six years of experience includes working with children, youth, adults and older adults in the areas of mental illness, addiction, grief, trauma, and spiritual care.

 

I use techniques from various evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy.  My approach comes from a trauma-informed perspective, recognizing that each individual has their own unique experiences related to their particular intersectionalities.  Clients bring their whole selves, including their values and beliefs into the therapy room.  Therefore, working also from a spiritually-integrated perspective allows me to explore with clients the often overlooked aspect of spiritual wellness, with interspiritual and intercultural sensitivity.  However, my overall framework and philosophy is person-centred because I recognize the importance of meeting clients where they are at. 

 

My experiences with addiction and mental health barriers as well as my active involvement with the LGBT2SQ+ community have provided me with a strong foundation of genuine empathy, which helps me work to create a safe space for individuals seeking support.  It was my own life experiences in these areas that ignited my desire to support others who are facing challenges in their lives.  I fully believe that people deserve to feel heard and valued, and work to create a presence that conveys this.  This is humbling work that I feel honoured to do.

 

In my spare time, I am often immersed in nature and creative endeavours or spending time with friends and family. 

 

I look forward to hearing your story and working together to journey closer to your wellness.