– Registered Psychotherapist at Hope for
Families Counselling Centre
I have experience
working with teens, young adults, couples and families in Waterloo & Wellington Regions in
Ontario, Canada. I have facilitated grief groups for young adults at The Coping
Centre and a group for teens who have a family member or friend with cancer.
It was called Support Space and took place at HopeSpring Cancer Support
Centre. I also taught spiritual life classes and discussed spiritual
issues with 12-16 year olds in treatment programs for behavioural, emotional or
psychological problems at Lutherwood, in the mental health services division. I have facilitated Caregiver Support Groups for people who are providing care to
someone with an illness. I have done mobile crisis work in the past and currently am the Youth Justice Mental Health Counsellor at the
Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin providing therapy to youth on probation with mental health issues.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Christian
Counsellors. I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York
University in Toronto, Ontario and a Master of Theological Studies degree in
Pastoral Counselling from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier
University in Waterloo, Ontario.
I speak publicly to various groups about families and illness issues including
the Wellington-Waterloo chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada,
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis
Society. I have led sessions for staff working with families who have a
child with mental health issues and I spoke about my experiences with
postpartum depression at Power, Pride, and Passion – Enhancing the
Understanding of Mental Health and Women in Society.
For more than two years, I hosted a radio show where I discussed a variety of
topics pertaining to illness as well as other life issues affecting individuals
the fall of 2010, I co-developed and co-taught the course Assisting
Families Dealing with Chronic Illness at Conestoga College in
I am the chair of the Young Carers Project - http://www.youngcarersproject.ca/ I provide community trainings and consultation with organizations about how to better support young carers.
I also co-chair another community collaborative to work together to support people dealing with chronic pain. This collaborative is currently teaming up to offer a workshop series in Waterloo Region.
Transgender issues are another area of specialization. I work with individuals and family members around this topic.
I am passionate about working to address support gaps in our community and would love to work with you. Call or email to find out more.
Written Works by Holly MathersPublic Education: Strategies to Raise Awareness about Specific Issues Crisis Intervention & Private Practice Group Work With Caregivers
Holly Mathers ReachesKitchener ON