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Justin Heenan, m.a. Candidate

Master’s Level Training Counsellor

Availability: Tuesday (5-9 p.m.), Wednesday (3-9 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Education, Training, & Professional Development

In regards to education, I am a Master’s Level Training Counsellor and I have recently completed my coursework from Yorkville University. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be working at New Roots Therapy, where I am completing the practical aspect of my degree. I am grateful to be supervised by a team of supportive supervisors.

I come to New Roots Therapy after having spent several years as a Career Counsellor. In this role I help my clients reach their goals through effective support, planning and attention to the unique interests and needs of each client. I believe my clients best benefit through the individualized care and support in regards to their career aspirations.

I also bring a number of years of experience as a school teacher to this role. As an elementary school teacher, I have lead a school wide initiative to support the mental health and wellbeing of various students. In this initiative, supports were set up to help various students with their wellbeing and comfort levels at school. This was done in order to help make school a more enjoyable experience and to help them achieve higher levels of success.

I am a graduate of the Bachelor of Education Program at Trent University in Peterborough. In this degree, I focused my studies on working with students with special needs and mental health disorders. I also earned my Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree at Queen’s University with a degree in French Studies and Spanish.

My Style & Approach

As a Master’s Level Training Counsellor, I love to work collaboratively with my clients in order to be as helpful as possible in the therapeutic process. I strongly believe that it is my role to improve the needs of each client while also improving on their strengths. I truly believe that all clients have the potential to improve their lives and achieve the change they strive for. I support my clients through the use of various therapeutic techniques such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness based techniques, narrative therapy and other useful techniques. I use these techniques and strategies to help clients improve concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, work and school related issues and trauma.

I hope to connect with you to discuss how I can be of assistance on your therapeutic journey. I hope to support you in achieving your goals in your personal and professional life. I truly believe that improvement in your mental health can and will improve all other aspects of your life. I look forward to working with you.

Personal Activities

My favourite personal activity is the volunteer work that I do with the Special Olympics and the Durham Down Syndrome Association. I have been a volunteer with the Durham Down Syndrome Association for the past two years and I have volunteered with the Special Olympics for the past six years. I started my work with the Special Olympics while I was a student in Kingston, Ontario. For two years, I had the opportunity to coach basketball for a team of high school students with special needs. I then volunteered for two years in Peterborough while completing my teaching degree. In Peterborough, I coached a basketball team of adolescents and adults with special needs. I also contributed to a youth sports program for children with Down Syndrome and helped with various fundraising initiatives.

Since moving back to Durham Region I have been the Head Coach and Manager of the Active Start and FUNdamentals programs in the Greater Durham Special Olympics for the past two years. This program aims to help athletes with special needs get healthy and active through various physical activities. I am now the Manager of these programs while I support the Greater Durham Special Olympics in the development of new programs. I also have done a tremendous amount of work helping families of the Special Olympics and the Durham Down Syndrome Association navigate the system to help them receive the resources needed to effectively support their children.

I also enjoy staying active through running, swimming, yoga, boxing, kickboxing and weightlifting.