Heartwood's Founder and Owner
B.Ed., M.Ed. (School Counselling), RCC
Katie is passionate about helping families build meaningful connections. She works to empower children and parents through mutual respect, empathy, and effective therapeutic practices. Katie fosters a safe, secure space for families to share their hopes, challenges, and successes.
Katie is known for her skills in forging strong relationships. She believes in helping children develop a strong, confident voice, and excels in facilitating balance and harmony for families facing challenges. Her areas of strength include Narrative and Play Therapy, child advocacy, and parenting skills.
B.Ed., M.A., CCC
Naomi’s aim in counselling is to support children and teens in developing a healthy sense of self. Naomi looks for clients’ strengths and gifts and uses these positive attributes as a foundation for counselling sessions. Her practice is guided with an understanding of developing minds and the importance of connection and relationship with trusting adults. Naomi provides clients with a caring and collaborative environment that promotes skill development, a healthy self-concept, empathy, and strengthened self-understanding. In addition to working with children and teens, Naomi also has a special interest in working with youth and young adults in the area of sport performance and life transitions. Her therapeutic approach is informed by cognitive-behavioural, narrative, and expressive play therapy.
B.A., M.C., CCC
Darcie is inspired by the resiliency that can be found in people from all walks of life, and in every corner of the globe. She believes there is strength to be found in everyone: that sometimes it just takes a nurturing hand,
an understanding ear, and an open heart to create opportunity for individuals to find what is innately within themselves. It is through genuine connections and feelings of care and compassion that individuals can begin to feel worthy and cared for, capable of achieving their goals, and improving their sense of well-being. Darcie values the therapeutic relationship and the importance of creating a safe space where clients can explore and challenge themselves.
In addition to working with couples, children and youth, Darcie is particularly passionate about providing competent support for queer and trans folks. Her counselling approach is relational and integrative, most closely aligning with person-centred theoretical ideas and concepts. Darcie strongly believes in the power of being present for the client, providing them with care, empathy, compassion, genuineness, and positive regard. Throughout the counselling process I also utilize approaches such as CBT, SFT, mindfulness, art, and play therapy techniques.