More about Heather Gower

Good therapy starts with a good relationship. My aim is to be your ally, to be in your corner working through problems with you, respecting your perspective and goals, and ultimately empowering you to take the next steps. A lot of our work will look like co-investigation, where we will try to come to a clear understanding of whatever is going on and then replace it with what would be preferred. Infused in this is my goal to be as well-informed as possible about the research and theory around issues and treatments. I expect myself to have knowledge about strategies and resources, and I spend a lot of time reading up on current evidence and approaches. Still, I embrace life and people as inherently complicated, and I seek to be flexible in my understanding of the world and my approach to clients, prioritizing a caring therapeutic relationship above all else. My chief attributes as a counsellor include being empathic, accepting, caring, deeply questioning, informed, self-aware, and responsible.
The major therapeutic approaches that I draw from include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Transactional Analysis. I also draw largely from both the Gottman approach and Emotion-Focused Therapy when counselling couples.

 

Qualifications

Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) , Memorial University (awarded title of Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary English and Math) (with Distinction), University of Alberta

Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and English) (with Distinction), University of Alberta

Diploma of Music (Performance) (with Distinction) , MacEwan University

 

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta

 

Certifications

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

 

Languages

    • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)

I can also help with these areas:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Cross Cultural Issues Counselling
  • Family Issues
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Trauma

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Rational emotive therapy (RET)
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy