Profile and Background

Reframing Hope

Heidi Spiar


  • More than 25 years experience
  • Specialist in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy
  • Masters of Arts – Marriage, Family and Child Therapy
  • Bachelor of Arts – Social Development Studies
  • Clinical Fellow [14914] OAMFT & AAMFT


The primary driving force in Heidi’s life is her passion and understanding towards helping people overcome psychological, emotional, habitual, and behavioural problems. Heidi has spent most of her adult life studying the workings of the human mind and how it can be influenced, shaped, and positively impacted. She holds a systemic (holistic) view of the relationships and interactions between the mind and body.

Educational Background

  • Masters of Arts Marriage, Family and Child Therapy – Phillips Graduate Institute Chatsworth, California, USA 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts Social Development Studies – University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON 1984
  • Two-year Clinical Internship – Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre – Kitchener, ON 1989

Licenses, Certifications and Affiliations:

  • Pending Registered Psychotherapist (Ontario, Canada) (Designation change in 2016)
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (Ontario, Canada)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Texas, USA)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas, USA)
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas, USA)
  • Trained in evidenced-based practices
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
    • Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)
    • Supervisor and Advance Supervisor MST
    • Solution-focused Brief Therapy
    • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Trained in Critical Incident Response, Wraparound and Single Care Family Plan
  • Member of the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Therapies and Diverse Experience
Heidi, with more than 30 years of experience in diverse areas of human behaviour, has made more than 100 court appearances as an expert witness both in Canada and the USA. She also worked with regional governments and private agencies to reduce levels of youth-at-risk re-offenders by as much as 30%. She has trained Masters-Level Therapists and Child/Youth Specialists in evidence-based-practices and therapies including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Coping Cat(1), Motivational Interviewing, and Multi-Systemic Therapy.

Heidi acquired academic designations and certifications in her quest to develop her expertise in clinical counselling and life coaching. That advanced knowledge and training, combined with her broad and diverse experience, helps her develop clear, concise, and practical solutions for people who are dealing with depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Issues, marital issues, separation and divorce, gambling and other addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, youth-at-risk, bullying, survivors of abuse, overspending, grief and loss, workforce downsizing. Heidi also sees people who identify as “LGBTTQQ” (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Two-spirit, Queer, Questioning) and their families.

Customized Treatment
Heidi uses a number of strategies to help people. Her engaging approach quickly identifies issues and together, with the client, develops a strength-based treatment plan. This style of counselling  helps clients stay motivated throughout the treatment process.

North Dakota State Statute #2359: Mandatory Support/ Intervention Post Trauma for Critical Incidents/ Railroad – passed in 2001 – State law that mandates support for railway workers traumatized by a critical incident. The State Department of Transportation later used this law as a prototype for state laws affecting critical incident response in the transportation sector across the nation.

Recent Blog Posts

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How to Choose the “Right” Therapist for You

Any Google Search will produce a list of therapists/counsellors for your choosing. The question is… which therapist is good for you? Here are some questions to consider:

1. What is it like to speak with the therapist when inquiring about therapy? Do you feel comfortable? Does the therapist sound easy and down-to-earth? Do you feel that the conversation is flowing smoothly, and there is a good balance of empathy verses providing facts? Or, instead, does the therapist sound distant or too sure of him or herself? [click title to read more…]

What is Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a broad term that involves a process involving a trained professional, and an individual, couple or family (the “client”) where certain issues, stressors or mental health concerns are treated and conflicts are resolved in a way that is crafted and interpreted as “good” by the client. [click title to read more…]

Reframing Hope after Separation and Divorce | How is it possible?

People seek therapy to help them decide whether to stay in a marriage, leave marriage or make the transition from marriage to being single again. These goals can be addressed in individual or couple’s therapy (and involve children). Divorce is likely to bring up painful feelings like tremendous sadness, guilt, anger, confusion, fear, loneliness and shame whether a person is the “leave-er” or the “leave-ee”. If children are involved, the stress level is compounded by another layer of pressure. People leave relationships and marriages for a number of reasons or a mixture of reasons. [click title to read more…]