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Heather Hardy, MSc, CCLS, CT

Certified Child Life Specialist

Certified Thanatologist

Child and Youth Therapist

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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 admin@valleyconnectionscounselling.ca.


Heather offers her services in the Dundas and Burlington locations.

Infants/Children/Youth

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 

Self-harm 

Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) 

Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD, ADHD) 

Anxiety and Stress 

Mood Disorders 

Social Anxiety 

Providing support during medical procedures

Therapeutic Approaches

Family-Centered-Care 

Holistic 

 Therapeutic play 

Therapeutic art 

Normative play 

Normative art 

 Developmentally supportive play 

 Mindfulness 

 Promoting emotional literacy and expression Trauma-informed   

Consultation

Free

30 minutes

Meet your therapist

*optional*

Child/Youth Intake

$185

50 minutes

Your first therapy appointment

Child/Youth Therapy

$185

50 minutes

Subsequent therapy sessions

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