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Alexis Burger-Heist

Registered Social Worker

Verified by Psychology Today
[email protected]

I believe that within each of us lies the potential to heal, to change, and to grow. Sometimes that potential gets clouded by the events in our lives and it can feel impossible to see a path forward. That’s where I come in. Together, we will work towards creating the life that you want to live – exploring values, hopes, and goals, while at the same time working towards creating a cohesive inner experience that allows you to live with self-compassion, courage, and clarity. 

My approach is down to earth, attentive, and gentle yet direct. I primarily utilize Internal Family Systems to help you build self-compassion and move towards the life you want to be living.  My work is informed by the understanding that we all have many different parts inside of us that each want to be seen and heard. By creating space for all the parts of ourselves to be seen and known with love and compassion, we experience healing and wholeness in a new way. I am here to offer you a grounded, secure presence for the work you have come to do.

Areas of Practice

Disordered Eating
Life Transitions


*Registered Social Workers are covered under most insurance benefits.

Accessible Therapy/Sliding Scale program offered.

Education & Certifications

Masters of Social Work, University of New England, 2021
Internal Family Systems, Level One, 2023

Coffee Corner

What are you listening to right now?

Taylor Swift

What are you reading right now?

Transcending Trauma by Frank Anderson

What’s your favourite way to spend free time?

Sitting by the water with an iced coffee, listening to audiobooks, walking with my wife and dogs, going for long drives with no destination, collaging

Who do you work with?

People typically come to see me because they’re struggling with disordered eating, trauma, depression, or anxiety. I work with adults of all ages.

What would you like for a client to say about working with you?

I would hope that a client would say that they felt truly seen and understood by me during our work together. I hope they’d say that my office was a safe place to them to bring all of their concerns, and they knew I wouldn’t judge them. I hope that they’d say they developed more self-compassion and a greater understanding of themselves.

Have you ever read a book that changed your life?

Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. I read this book in grad school and it transformed how I care for myself while I do the working of caring for others. I could read it over and over and learn something new about myself each time.

What is your favourite poem?


by David Wagoner

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you

Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here,.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows

Where you are. You must let it find you.