My name is Heather Andrew and I am a mental health therapist located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. I am a Registered Social Worker and I am currently pursuing my registration as a Registered Clinical Social Worker. I recently opened my own private practice called Aspen Wellness Centre where I provide trauma informed mental health therapy to clients. Before opening my own practice, I worked at a non-profit agency as a mental health therapist in an inner city elementary and junior high school, and with children and families who have Children's Services involvement. At The Aspen Wellness Centre, I work with children, youth, adults and families. I specialize in working with clients who have experienced trauma, including childhood trauma, acute trauma, intergenerational trauma and PTSD.
I feel that my journey to the Grief Recovery Method was serendipitous in many ways. I had attended therapy in the past to process some of my experiences of childhood trauma relating to my relationship with my dad. I had worked through the trauma, but it still felt as though parts of the relationship seemed unresolved and heavy. I knew there was more healing to be done, but wasn't sure where to start. As a therapist, I encounter clients who are grieving all the time. Grief and trauma are often delicately intertwined and can feel overwhelming for clients. I have lots of training and experience to support clients through their trauma, but felt ill equipped when the grief still lingered once the trauma was processed.
When I learned about the Grief Recovery Method, it felt that this was the missing piece I had been looking for to help me better assist grieving clients, and to help me to heal from my own unresolved grief. This program allowed me to complete my relationship with my dad and other losses, and gave me the tools I needed to support my clients as they walk through their grieving journey with me. I am so grateful that I took this training as it has been transformational for me in so many ways.