Heidi TeBrake, MSW, RSW

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My background of working with people who experience mental health challenges, family crisis, and changing family dynamics through adoption, leads me to have a passion for teaching and guiding people as they adjust to life situations and make the changes they choose to make. 
 When families or individuals of any age struggle with life transitions and change they may feel stress, anxiety or depression. They may need to make different choices for themselves to allow for personal growth and renewed hope. By understanding or dealing with past abuse or trauma, individuals may find themselves being better able to cope with daily stress and may feel increased self esteem. 
Building healthy attachment in relationships is the goal whether the family is built by marriage, birth or adoption. Learning how to communicate effectively is an important part of maintaining a healthy relationship.  Learning new tools will help a person to experience success with the goals that they choose to set for themselves. 
Extensive training in adoption related matters including trauma and attachment help me to be a strong support for adoptive

families. Infertility, waiting to adopt a child, adjusting to the changes in the family when a child joins the family and dealing with the emotions related to past trauma, grief and loss may result in behaviours and feelings that carry strong emotions but are actually quite therapeutic.  Post adoption support at any stage of life is available for birth families, adoptive families, adoptees or blended families. 
I tend to work from a respectful strength based perspective and use principles such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory and Solution Focused Therapy in interaction with clients based on their stated needs and wishes.  
 As a Masters Level Registered Social Worker with over thirty years of experience in working with families and children, I bring practical and useful insight to coach individuals to make the changes they want to make.
The office is located at 128 Lake Street in St Catharines, Ontario.  The red brick building offers free parking behind the office and bus transportation is readily available on Lake Street.  
Session fees are $100.00 per hour to be paid at the end of each session.  A receipt will be provided to you to be submitted to your Insurance Benefit Plan if you have such coverage.  Coverage may also be available to you through an Employee Assistance Plan.  Payment may be made in cash, by e-transfer or by cheque.

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Pelham ON