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Heather Hardy, MSc, CCLS, CT

Certified Child Life Specialist

Certified Thanatologist

Child and Youth Therapist


Heather Hardy, Child Life Specialist

Hello! My name is Heather (she/her) and I am a Certified Child Life Specialist and a Certified Thanatologist.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Pediatric Psychosocial Care from McMaster University as well as an undergraduate degree in Child Development and Thanatology. After working as a Child Life Specialist for a number of years, I chose to further specialize in the field of transition and loss and obtained an additional certification in grief, loss and bereavement from Western University. Since then, I have become certified as a Thanatologist – or grief and bereavement specialist.

I have over 8 years of experience working with and providing support to clients, patients and families. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient settings as well as emergency departments in tertiary hospitals. In addition, I support clients in both group and individual settings in the community.

At Valley Connections Counselling, I utilize evidence-based approaches to provide developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions to help children and adolescents cope with psychosocial issues. I prioritize building a strong rapport as a foundation from which we can work to develop coping strategies, improve emotional literacy and help children better understand their environment. I use emotional expression activities and therapeutic play throughout my sessions to keep children engaged and comfortable.

I offer a complimentary consultation so we can decide together if I am the right fit for you. I look forward to meeting you and your family!

You can book a free 30 minute consultation with Heather or call our main line at 

905-966-4309 to book an appointment, or email at

Heather offers her services in the Dundas and Burlington locations.


Individual Therapy

Play Therapy

Family Therapy

Group Therapy

Special Areas of Focus

Physical Illnesses/Diagnoses 

 Disabilities - Physical, Learning, Mental health Divorce 

Grief, Loss, and Bereavement 

 Supporting siblings of children/teens with chronic illness 

 Supporting children/teens of parents with cancer or chronic illness 

 Supporting children/teens who are palliative Funeral preparation and support for children/teens 

Body Image, Self-Esteem 


Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) 

Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD, ADHD) 

Anxiety and Stress 

Mood Disorders 

Social Anxiety 

Providing support during medical procedures

Therapeutic Approaches



 Therapeutic play 

Therapeutic art 

Normative play 

Normative art 

 Developmentally supportive play 


 Promoting emotional literacy and expression Trauma-informed   



30 minutes

Meet your therapist


Child/Youth Intake


50 minutes

Your first therapy appointment

Child/Youth Therapy


50 minutes

Subsequent therapy sessions

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