Heather Sansom

Registered Psychotherapist

Clients seek counselling feeling stuck or in distress, facing situations in which your normal coping strategies aren’t working as well. I see clients as a whole person: you have strengths, a story. You are more than the challenge you are going through. My role is to help you through your difficult time so you can thrive and find meaning, joy and purpose in life again. I work with a broad range of concerns, and have specialized experience with grief, trauma, burnout, performance stress, adult autism, health crisis, and eating/body issues.

My approach to therapy taps into the connections between our physical self, thoughts, emotions, spirituality, and interpersonal patterns. I am trained in several classical talk-based psychotherapy methods, as well as creative and experiential options including walk-and-talk, and art.

I have a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, a PhD in a positive psychology topic, and additional therapy-related diplomas. I am also trained in multi-faith cultural inclusion, Existential/Meaning Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Short-Term and Solution Focused Therapy, art therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and a nationally recognized counsellor through my membership with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC).

Heather Sansom

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Specialty Area(s)

• Grief and Loss
• Truama and Post-Traumatic Stress
• Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism
• Stress and Performance Anxiety
• Health Crisis
• Body and Eating Issues

Treatment Approach(es)

• Narrative Therapy
• Experiential Approaches (e.g., art, green care)
• Existential and Meaning
• CBT Cluster (CBT, DBT, ACT)
• Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
• Solution Focused Behavioural Therapy

Service Area(s)

• Ontario