More about Heather Gower

My Approach: 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, Existential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Transactional Analysis. I also draw largely from the Development Model, Gottman approach, and Emotion-Focused Therapy when counselling couples.

My Experience: I have been a provisional psychologist since November of 2017. Before that I was a high school English teacher. Although I’ve always wanted to be a psychologist, I wanted to gain more life experience before doing so. Throughout my various practicums and work experience, I have counselled all ages and diverse clientele. I tend to gravitate most toward work with relationship/interpersonal issues, communication, general adjustment and coping, and existential matters. I’m also a doctoral student with a passion for academia and research. My own research focuses on how psychologists and counsellors are trained and regulated, with a strong emphasis on ethics and best practices.

My Background: I am a born and raised Edmontonian! I love to read, ride my bike, bake, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends.

 

Qualifications

Doctoral Student (Counselling Psychology), University of Alberta

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

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 (Provisional Psychologist Board member)

 

Certifications

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Diagnosis & Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Workshop (with Dr. Yadin)

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Dealing with Phobias
  • Depression
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Family Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management

I can also help with these areas:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Cross Cultural Issues Counselling
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Seniors and the Elderly Issues

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Family Systems (Bowenian) Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy

Assessment Services:

  • Intelligence, Psycho-educational and Memory Assessments