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Heather Levy

Heather Levy | M.S.W, R.S.W (She/Her)

I received my Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor. Originally from the West Coast, I completed my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia with a focus in social science and humanities. I spent a considerable amount of time training and working in the performing arts and then attended the University of Toronto to study psychology. My experience in the field of mental health spans many settings including hospitals, community agencies, residential treatment facilities, and private psychotherapy clinics. I have treated those who have experienced trauma, anxiety, substance use challenges, depression, grief, end of life, anger, self-esteem issues, and interpersonal issues. I am a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and work in consultation and training with Kim Foster Yardley (M.A., C.Psych).

MY APPROACH

The therapeutic relationship between the client and practitioner is a powerful force for change, growth, and healing. With curiosity and compassion, I help clients acknowledge and hone their strengths, identify and define the problems they are facing, and gain the knowledge and skills to work through them. I utilize CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative therapies, and practice from a holistic perspective, acknowledging the power of the biological, psychological, spiritual, and social domains to affect how we think, feel, and act. As a psychotherapist, my approach is grounded in a trauma informed and attachment framework. I believe the client is the expert on their own experience, and with my help, they can gain the understanding and skills necessary to be resilient in the face of life’s inevitable challenges.

AREAS OF FOCUS

I provide therapy to adults in an individual therapy setting. My areas of clinical interest include: 

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Depression 

  • Anger management 

  • OCD 

  • Health anxiety 

  • Relationship difficulties 

  • Trauma

  • Social anxiety

  • Coping with discrimination

  • Workplace difficulties

  • Boundary settings/assertiveness training 

  • Life transitions 

  • Academic difficulties 

  • Low self-esteem

  • Difficulty with decision making 

  • Difficulty with motivation 

  • Loneliness and isolation 

  • Grief and bereavement