Heartful Conversations Coeur² was born from a long time desire of creating and
offering a space where people can come however they are
and wherever they are in their healing journey.
From stepping into vulnerability for the first time to being fully ready to embrace their full selves,
Heartful Conversations Coeur² aims at offering a space where people
can feel heard, listened to, supported, guided and most of all celebrated.
Healing life’s hurt takes time, courage, patience, care and love.
I aim at offering these elements and a space
where personal growth can blossom.
My name is Stephanie. I am the creator of Heartful Conversations Coeur². Born and raised in a little village in Northern Ontario, I have a deeply rooted connection and love for the Land and all that help ground my two feet to the Earth. I am passionate about physical movement, my family, my heritage and culture, social advocacy, and wandering through the beautiful World we live in! I am a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I have a Masters degree in Social Work and a BA in Social Work and Indigenous Studies from the University of Ottawa. I also have a College diploma in Leisure Studies which inspires my creativity in the modalities I choose to guide people I have the chance to work with. I have been working as a Social Worker since 2013 and I have developed an expertise working with tweens and adolescents but also truly enjoy working with adults.
In the last few years, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to study Trauma and Attachment Focus Therapy from experts in the field. They have given me tremendous knowledge and since then, I became a Certified Trauma Integration Clinician.
My wish is to offer a safe space to people working through traumatic experiences, that have left them scared to walk in this world.
I am here to help you choose and acknowledge your true self.
To promote healing of the heart,
I use a combination of modalities and approaches such as mindfulness ‟mind-body approach‟ that include art, play, body movement and somatic experiencing. These modalities are combined with psychotherapy or ”talk therapy‟ to help you understand your emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
Everyone from 7 years old and up who has
experienced or is experiencing:
“Our early life experiences create the blueprint for how we think, how we feel, and for how we relate to other people. When this blueprint consists of negative experiences during this foundational time, the impact is more far-reaching than most understand.” (Lori Gill, 2015)
Studies have shown that secure attachment facilitates the development of the brain's self-regulatory mechanisms. Attachment starts developing at the very beginning of our lives and its quality will impact our capability of regulating ourselves during all our life. Through healthy attachment, we feel safe to self-regulate as we know a loving figure will take care of us if we can’t. Regulation can be learnt through various attuned interactions,
loving care, nurturing presence and attention.
It is an essential skill to all humans since it allows us to respond to experiences and demands from our environment with emotions that are appropriate to the situation.
Traumatic experiences often cause a massive disruption in the the way the brain is able to self-regulate. Even after the danger has passed, the brain of the person living with trauma will constantly scan it's environment for possible danger. That is why we often say that the earlier traumatic intervention is done, the better.
But fear not, there is hope.
Self-regulation is a skill that can be learnt at any age,
even when there is multiple layers of hurt.
Healing our hurts takes time. I believe it is your time now!