Meet Heather

Author and Educator. Specialty mental health caregiving and complex trauma

Since 2016, Heather Tuba (she/her) has been raising awareness and advocating for the needs of supporting partners, friends and family in the mental health and complex trauma space.

While the bulk of her work has focused on supporting partners, friends and family members of persons with complex trauma, her writing, speaking and consulting points to systemic issues of lack of understanding and support for mental health caregivers.

Her contribution to Damaged enriched our “call for a care revolution” with a clear critique of existing services and constructive suggestions for what adults with CPTSD and their partners really need.

Robert Maunder, MD FRCPC

Her most recent contributions to the conversations around family care include publication in the Voices Against Torture International Journal on Human Rights and the book Damaged: Childhood Trauma, Adult Illness, and the Need for a Health Care Revolution (Robert Maunder, MD and Jonathan Hunter, MD. October 2021).

Therapists and other mental health professionals frequently recommend Heather’s writing as a resource for supporters. Her newly released guidebook. Strengthening You: A guide to build, strengthen and support the emotional resources of those who care for persons with complex trauma is one of very few books that discuss common experiences of loved ones while providing guidance on building emotional support. Heather’s website interview series provides insight from researchers and practitioners alike.


Education/Training

Humber College School for Writers. Toronto, Canada

Bachelor of Arts. French Language studies. University of Winnipeg

Movement for Trauma Level I. Jane Clapp

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Level I: Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma


Publications

Damaged: Childhood Trauma, Adult Illness, and the Need for a Health Care Revolution. Contributor ‘A Call to Action.’ September 2021

Strengthening You: A guide to build, strengthen and support the emotional resources of those who care for persons with complex trauma. Self published

What should we call the loved ones of persons with CPTSD? Voices Against Torture International Journal on Human Rights. April 2021

A little survival guide for the partners of childhood trauma survivors. Self published

Five ways to keep going as a partner to a trauma survivor. Self published


Media Interviews

July 2021. TherapyChat with Laura Reagan

From Shame to Empowerment: Support for Partners of Trauma Survivors. Clapp with Jane/Jane Clapp

Loss of self, caregiving and being a partner to a person with CPTSD. Homagi: The mental health caregiver’s caregiver

We are healing trauma summit 2020. CPTSD Foundation

Supporting Partners of Trauma Survivors. Therapy Chat with Laura Reagan

Parenting with PTSD


Work

Consulting for practitioners available by request