Cara Heitmann treats every individual who comes to her for therapy with respect and care. Her primary goal is to provide a safe and stable environment in which she can guide and inspire people in finding ways to shift old patterns that stand in the way of building the life they want to live.
“My style is pretty direct yet always supportive. I promise you an environment where my goal is to understand rather than to judge as this is what will allow me to get to know you, what you think, how you feel, and what might be helpful in finding ways for you to move through the challenges you are facing. I see all of my clients as strong and resourceful. I am not here to tell you what to do but rather to help you find that voice inside of you that speaks of what you want and how you want to get there. It’s there…I promise...it’s just harder to hear at some times than others. I will offer support regardless of what choices you make and I will challenge you when necessary but will do so in a way that is honest and non judgmental with a genuine desire to help move you toward positive change.”
In her decade plus of working as as social worker Cara has worked with people from many backgrounds and life situations including CEOs, grocery store clerks, executives, musicians, artists, full time mothers, other therapists, members of the military, police officers, first responders, street-based sex workers, survivors of human trafficking, university students, victims of violent crime, and more. Cara always listens carefully, will not judge, and treats your story with interest, empathy and understanding.
In her career, Cara has worked in both community and hospital settings, caring for people who struggle with multiple challenges in their lives including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety (including panic attacks), childhood abuse, and drug addiction, and more. She specializes in psychotherapy with people who live with post-traumatic stress disorder and also treats other issues such as job challenges, separation/divorce, chronic stress, issues with sex/sexuality/sexual identity, mood issues, and other mental health challenges. Cara works most often using Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) for trauma.
We are a small psychotherapy clinic near the Beaches and the Danforth that focuses on creating a positive and safe environment for each of Cara’s clients so that they can do the therapeutic work they need to do. Cara holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from York University and is fully registered with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She has completed countless specialized trainings in a range of psychotherapy treatment modalities.
Please note that our therapy practice is LGBTTQ +space