Heather Young, MSW, RSW
I am a Registered Social Worker in Ontario and have worked with families in various settings for over 17 years. From my own experience as a mom, as well as my work with families, I know that children thrive when we take the time to care for ourselves. Yet busyness, guilt and sheer exhaustion often prevent us from being able to get in touch with what we really need. When we feel disconnected from our own needs, we often feel more reactive rather than responsive when engaging with our children.
I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2003. I love to learn and am always seeking out continuing education opportunities. I've completed training in topics such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Child Development, Attachment Theory, Mindful Self-Compassion and most recently as a Child Sleep Consultant.
I approach my work with clients like I do my own life, from a holistic mind-body-spirit perspective. I work with clients to develop a self-care mindset and gain tools so they can embrace their parenting role more fully. Qualities such as self-compassion, gratitude, kindness, and generosity require practice. We discuss how to actively and intentionally engage in this way of being to generate more consciousness and positive emotions in daily life. This allows us to be more present with our children. When we become more conscious in our parenting role, we can more easily release our own fears and anxieties, and see our children for who they truly are. We can connect with them more fully because we feel more connected to ourselves.