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Amy Haertel

Registered Social Worker Psychotherapist

Trauma can profoundly impact every aspect of your life, shaping your personal challenges and threatening to overshadow your sense of self. It can lead to a loss of perspective and motivation, overwhelming you with signals of danger and subconscious feelings of failure. The resulting perceptions of disappointment and pain can make it difficult for you to reconnect with your true identity.

I am passionate about helping you navigate the intricate challenges associated with traumatic experiences, guiding you on a path toward understanding the roots of your struggles, finding stability, fostering healing, an ultimately achieving recovery. My goal is to establish a safe and supportive environment where we can investigate past experiences, process your emotions, and acquire the necessary skills and strategies to progress in a positive direction.

Approaching trauma work with empathy respect and a profound admiration for the resilience and strength of each individual, I strive to help empower you overcome your trauma and rediscover your inner strength.


Amy holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor, complemented by a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Service. In addition, she holds diplomas in Child and Youth Counseling and Social Service Worker. Amy is a trained mediator and trauma counsellor with certifications from Wilfred Laurier University and is currently working toward a Polyvagal Practitioner Certificate which includes certification in the Safe and Sound Protocol. 

Amy brings a wealth of experience in supporting individuals of all ages, with a specialization in working with youth and providing crisis intervention for individuals and families. Her professional background includes roles as a Child and Youth Worker in high schools, community crisis coordinator, and mediator at Community Justice Interventions, where she offered valuable support to those in need.

Client Focus: Individuals 12+

Types of therapy: Polyvagal, somatic experiencing, CBT, self compassion, and strength-based interventions.

Issues: Trauma, childhood trauma, grief/loss, relationship challenges, dissociation, anxiety, depression, gender/sexuality, life transitions, suicidal ideation (children, adolescents, adults), menopause symptoms.

More than just my work:

Being outside and experiencing nature brings me great peace and freedom. I love to river kayak. Kayaking is a great way to connect with nature, explore remote areas and observe wildlife while immersing myself in beautiful landscapes. It can also be a big adventure or an effortless float. Kayaking is a unique blend of adventure, exercise, and natural beauty. Just writing about it makes me happy! 😊

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