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Sessions are offered virtually and in-person at our Dundas and Burlington locations. 

Valley Connections Counselling

Connecting in life's valleys...

Heather Hardy, Child Life Specialist

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 [email protected]

Heather offers her services in the Dundas and Burlington locations.

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