Heather O'Neale, MSW, RSW
Since 2014 I have maintained my private therapy practice, working with a variety of clients who live all over the world (Saudi Arabia, England, the United States, to almost every province in Canada) around multifaceted issues.
I also provide supervision for other therapists, using 'Self of the Therapist' theory.
As well, since 2017, I have taught Counseling Skills, Counselling Theories, Working with Families, and Understanding Family Violence at the University of Manitoba.
Growing up in a mutli-ethnic and multi-cultural family, my family members span from 4 generations of Canadian farmers, to first generation Caribbean immigrants. I believe this gives me a broad understanding of culture, family complexities and the importance of self-definition within your family, community and culture.
I have worked in the social services field in Manitoba since 2001, in the areas of adult and adolescent psychiatry, non-profit community counseling, and community development. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Winnipeg, then continued on to complete a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba. I am also a member in good standing of the Manitoba College of Social Workers.
Starting therapy can be difficult, nerve-wracking and overall uncomfortable. I understand that. My philosophy is: "I work with the person where they're at ". This means that the therapy session moves at a pace determined by the client, and the conversation goes only where the client is comfortable.
In the first session, I will go over confidentiality, the general therapy process and any questions you may have. Then, we will see where it goes...
*Currently all therapy appointments are online
Since 2015 almost my entire practice has been word-of-mouth referral
(although some clients have found me through Rate MDs)
The most common issues people see me for are anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting/co-parenting
My practice is inclusive - I have clients of various ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, as well as clients across the sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression spectrums