Heather Brown, BASc, DKATI, RP (qualifying)
Heather Brown is a professional Art Therapist and a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) who has been working alongside individuals with a palliative diagnosis and their families for the last 7 years. Heather feels privileged to work alongside her clients as they share the undying love that lasts a lifetime.
She found her passion for counselling while studying at the University of Guelph. While fulfilling a placement in the Guelph-Wellington Women in crisis shelter, Heather conducted intakes for children who were entering the shelter with their mothers. It was here that Heather first explored art and creative expression as a tool to support individuals through difficult challenges. She continued her studies at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, BC to further instil a foundation of the power of art and other expressive therapies as a compliment to traditional talk therapy.
Heather began her career by opening a private practice in a small town in Grey County before turning a volunteer opportunity at a local hospice into a full time job. Since then Heather has worked for Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood, ON and remains on staff now as the Lead Therapist providing therapy for palliative clients, their families and those who are grieving.
Her belief is that death as a part of life, is not the end of our story and that we live on through legacy, storytelling and our loved ones nurturing their continued relationship to our memory. Death and grief, though complex and difficult can also be a time when life is celebrated and it is a part of life that should be witnessed, held with grace and honoured.
Heather resides in Walters falls with her husband, two young children and their growing flock of chickens. Heather has a love for the rural way of life and a great appreciation for the waterfall that lulls her to sleep every night.