dr. kristin heins 

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Who I Am

I am inspired by the resilience of humans and passionate about helping people to feel more at ease in their lives, cope with struggles, and achieve more of what they want. I have been working and studying in Toronto for the past 15 years. I love city life but find my way to water and nature as much as possible. 

I graduated from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2006 and have been in private practice for 10 years as a Naturopathic Doctor.  Naturopathic medicine emphasizes the importance of taking a holistic approach to wellness, which includes mental health counselling. Counselling felt like a natural extension of my work and so I have spent the last decade studying several approaches to psychotherapy.  
I am currently completing my fifth and final year of the psychotherapy program through the Gestalt Institute of Toronto toward a Psychotherapist designation with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario*. 

*I see clients in my office under the clinical supervision - this means that I work with a supervisor to help direct and support the work we are doing together.

Who You Are

People struggle - to varying degrees and over varying periods of time. Sometimes for specific reasons and other times for reasons unknown. Emotional and stress-related struggles often impact relationships and daily life. After many years of exploring mindfulness techniques and studying gestalt psychotherapy, I see how helpful the support can be. It may be you are feeling stuck. It may be you want to try new ways of managing what goes on around you and how you feel and react in response. You may feel you need to be "going through something" to seek counselling. While support during specific hardship is often extremely helpful, anyone wanting an improved sense of self-awareness, understanding or esteem can gain valuable insights and tools from counselling.