Heather Church, M.A., RP, BCBA

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Many people report that the most challenging part of psychotherapy is making the first contact with the psychotherapist. Reaching out to a complete stranger to ask for help makes people feel very vulnerable. If this is how you feel, rest assured that you are not alone. Regardless of if you choose to work with Heather Church or another psychotherapist, your therapist should be aware that asking for help can be challenging. Your therapist of choice should make you feel comfortable and welcome. This is what Heather strives to do, offering you the opportunity to work through whatever is preventing you from achieving the sense of well-being you are seeking, in a safe environment, free of judgement. 
Heather has a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, focusing in special education. She is a board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA) and registered psychotherapist (RP) through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has specialized training in working first responders and military personnel. Additionally, she has completed training in trauma, dementia and brain injury. 
After several years working as in public sector children's mental health, Heather became concerned with the gaps between psychological research and public policy. She, therefore, returned to school to pursue her Ph.D in health and rehabilitation sciences, specializing in health promotion, with a focus on mental health promotion.  

The strategies Heather uses in her practice include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Her approach is individualized to the unique needs of her clients, determined in consultation with the individual client. It is not necessary to have a diagnosis in order to benefit from participation in psychotherapy. Many people who have diagnoses do participate in psychotherapy. Psychotherapists, however, are not qualified to provide diagnoses. If you have been diagnosed with a psychological or developmental disorder, you may wish to ask the person who provided your diagnosis whether or not they believe psychotherapy might be beneficial to you. 

Services can be provided in-person or online.  
Is Psychotherapy Right for You? 
Many people feel unsure about participating in psychotherapy. Some of the reasons people seek psychotherapy may include (but are not limited to): feeling depressed, anxious or angry for a long time, having a desire to cope with a chronic illness that is interfering with emotional or physical well-being, uncertainty about how to navigate particular problems or life circumstances. People often seek psychotherapy as they approach various transitions in their lives. These may include (but are not limited to): going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job or grieving a family member's death.
For people who have developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, life transitions can be particularly challenging to navigate. With fourteen years working with people who have ASD, Heather is familiar with these challenges. She also has extensive experience collaborating with community service providers and can help her clients navigate these supports.  Individuals who have developmental disorders, as well as their family members, have many unique needs which Heather is able to address.
Common signs that a person might benefit from psychotherapy can include (but are not limited to):
  • Overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness
  • Problems don't seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends
  • Difficulty concentrating or to carrying out everyday activities/tasks
  • Excess worry, expecting the worst or constantly on edge
  • Your actions are harmful to yourself or others (e.g., drinking excessively, using drugs, being aggressive, are harmful to yourself or others). 

Heather Church Reaches

Perth ON
Lanark County ON