MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor Heather Deans
MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Heather Deans

Heather has worked in the counselling field for many years, working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and individuals within the criminal justice system. She currently works at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital as the clinical supervisor for the counselling department. This role offers her the opportunity to work with acute mental health issues such as schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar, etc., as well as mood disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  

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Words to live by

If you cannot do great things,

do small things in a great way.

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A little bit more about me

Education?

I completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology at Adler University, after graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I believe travel is very important when learning (if possible) so I took also took social work courses exploring social justice and cultural implications in Cambodia and Vietnam. I have completed various courses in trauma: trauma and attachment styles, risky behaviors linked to trauma, and various theory-based courses exploring the roots of trauma. I have also completed training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and substance-abuse group work, as well as specialized Gottman Couples Therapy Training.

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Certified with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)#: 14897

What do people say your biggest strength is?

Personally, my resilience and determination. Professionally, my ability to connect with others. I have been told I have a calming presence: when I talk to people, they feel comforted and able to let their guard down.  

Something you’re proud of (challenge you’ve overcome, etc.)?

I’ve had a few uphill battles in my life, one being a near-death experience. I’m not going to say everyday was filled with happiness, but I was able to come out of that experience with more empathy, compassion, and gratitude for the things in life that truly matter.  

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

Humans are extremely resilient, and have the power for immense growth. Change is inevitable, and can be really uncomfortable at times. What grows out of trauma and distress can be beautiful gifts we never knew we needed. What people once thought were deficiencies, can become their biggest strengths.

What led you to counselling?

I have always enjoyed connecting with others, and supporting people during difficult life transitions and events. When pursuing post-secondary education, I took a variety of courses to see what interested me. When I discovered psychology I felt right at home. I am always honoured and humbled when others let me into their inner challenges, and continue to feel affirmed in my decision to help others.

Favorite movie and why?

Big Fish – shows the power of the imagination, creativity, and stories.

What/who inspires you?

My clients, my parents, and my partner. I find it so inspiring that others continue to seek out knowledge, no matter how painful, to provide themselves and their families a better future. Just as my clients are continually pushing themselves on a path of self-development, they are continually pushing me to become a better counsellor and person. They ask questions about their own pasts, to work to improve their future. Inspirational people in my personal life fill my life with humor, compassion, love, and care, values I truly strive for and admire.

Favorite things to do?

Swim, read books, travel. If I can do all three at once (lounge with a book by/in a pool on vacation, that’s a win!).   

What would you tell a client that you were meeting for the first time?

The counselling relationship is the number one predictor of change. I would describe myself as an “active” therapist meaning not only will I be using therapeutic listening skills, but I will be teaching you, challenging you, validating your experiences, asking questions, suggesting ideas, and of course holding this all within a safe space.  I encourage you to come to session with questions, ideas, and opinions. Ask me questions just as much as I ask you questions. I want to ensure you are getting the best support possible.