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Heather Andersen

Clinical Counsellor

BA Psych, MA, CCC

Heather, a former educator, made a mid-life career switch to get her master’s in counselling psychology and work in the mental health field as a clinical counsellor. She works with an integrated approach but leans heavily into Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - with the cheer of Solution Focused Therapy.

These approaches focus a lot on understanding biological factors of mental well-being, acceptance, and the strengths of the client as they work towards change. The process with these approaches can sometimes be more directive, have more psychoeducation, and personal work between sessions.

The client’s goal is reached with dedication, growth and maybe some tears, laughter, and salty language.

Treatment Specialties:

  • ADHD / Executive Function

  • Anxiety / Depression

  • Personality Disorders

  • Substance use issues

  • Emotional Regulation &Interpersonal Skills

Types of Therapy:

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

  • Strength-based

  • Positive Psychology

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Treatment Modality - Individual

  • Adults 18+

  • Comfortable with ages 6 – 18

  • Diverse Abilities

Heather has also managed to combine her love of education, passion for mental health and removing stigma at a community level by becoming a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator, licensed through Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide Standard MHFA training (Virtual and Face-to-face).


Nanaimo and Virtual

Areas of Service:

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island and area, and VIRTUAL

Recent Professional Development:

  • 2023 Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy

  • 2023 Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional

  • 2022 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification

  • 2022 Mental Health First Aid Facilitator Certifications Training

  • 2018 End-of-Life Doula Certificate – Douglas College

  • 2022 ADHD Certified Clinical Service Provider (ADHD – CCSP)

  • 2022 Certified in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (C-DBT)

  • 2022 Mental Health First Aid Facilitator – Mental Health Commission of Canada

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