Heather Tuba, BA is an author, educator and consultant with the lived experience of supporting a partner with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociation.
Heather’s writing is a recommended resource for loved ones of persons with CPTSD. Her extensive library of blog posts offer well-researched content on complex trauma and the impact on the lives of loved ones. In addition to original writing, her interview series provides up-to-date insights by trauma-informed clinicians, researchers and thought leaders.
Heather’s post-secondary education in languages and creative writing (University of Winnipeg; Humber College, Toronto) along with ongoing continuing education in trauma-informed care allows her to break down complex concepts into accessible language for readers.
Upcoming 2021 publications:
- (Contributor) Damaged: A Call for a Care Revolution. Robert Maunder, MD. Jon Hunter, MD. Aevo-University of Toronto. (Fall 2021).
- What should we call loved ones of persons with CPTSD? A proposal to use the word ‘caregiver’. Voices Against Torture. (April 2021).
- Reflections for caregivers of persons with CPTSD. Ebook available on my website. (April 2021).
Heather’s commitment to education is firmly rooted in her belief of a holistic model of care for those with CPTSD and loved ones. As such, her workshops and writing highlight the under-served needs of loved ones who are on the ‘front lines’ of care.
As a workshop facilitator, she has taught small and large groups on topics related to the needs of loved ones. She founded and facilitated an online community for partners of trauma survivors from 2017 to 2019. Prior to launching her business, she facilitated groups in non-profit and public sector mental health work.
As a consultant for individuals, not for profit and for profit organizations, Heather brings a unique blend of professional and personal experience. Her expertise is sought by psychiatrists, therapists, mental health coaches, and organizations. She brings a wealth of practical knowledge to each and every interaction.
Heather’s personal journey as partner to a person with complex trauma and dissociation means she is deeply familiar with the challenges of supporting someone with a complicated trauma history while navigating the mental health system. Heather understands the deep systemic gap in care for loved ones and is a committed advocate for a holistic care model that includes and addresses the support needs of loved ones.
Heather’s information and guidance were incredibly helpful for me and my co-worker as we prepared to create a workshop for partners.
Ashley MacNevin, BSW, RSW
Heather’s work is forging a new pathway toward a model of care where partners are seen, heard, respected and included as valued participants in the therapeutic process.
Anne Kinsey, M.Div., CTRC
Heather provides the perfect adjunct care to anyone working with clients on their own relationships. Whether it be an opportunity to refer, seek consultation or work directly with Heather, it is surely an opportunity for growth.
Stephanie Morales, MA, CTRC