Heddy Swigger

MSW, RSW

Social Worker

Heddy Swigger is a registered social worker with the OCSWSSW. She holds her Masters of Social Work from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Western Ontario. Heddy’s passion is to work with children and their families to provide personalized support and creative strategies to address mental health concerns. Heddy believes in meeting each child where they are at and providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for children and families to explore difficult topics and embrace new skills and strategies. Heddy sees each child and family as experts in their own lives and experiences and believes in working as a team to find solutions that fit each family’s unique strengths.

Heddy’s career has centred around working with children and families and her most recent experience has been providing counselling to children ages 4 to 12 years old and their families at a community-based agency. Heddy is excited to continue her career here at Canoe Therapy and continue to grow alongside the families she will serve in this community.

Heddy loves to create sessions that suit each child’s needs, likes, and interests and works hard to reach each child in a way that makes sense for them. Heddy often incorporates art and play in her work as well as elements of a number of therapeutic modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Heddy was recently trained in Emotion Focused Family Therapy and has found it invaluable in supporting parents in learning new ways to help their children. Heddy has experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation and Expression
  • Behavioural Challenges
  • Anger Management
  • Grief and loss
  • Behavioural Challenges
  • Social Skills
  • Trauma
  • Separation and Divorce

Heddy believes deeply in practicing from a strengths-based approach and building an environment in which each child and family feels seen, heard, and understood. Heddy strives to provide warmth, compassion, and a little bit of fun throughout the therapeutic process. Heddy is looking forward to meeting with you and your family and working together to achieve your goals!

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