Dr Heather B MacIntosh has devoted her career as a clinical psychologist, professor, researcher, and supervisor to understanding and improving the experience of trauma survivors in their couple relationships. Her clinical research helps couples dealing with complex trauma including the struggles survivors sometimes experience in their ability to regulate their emotions and understand the experience of their partners. These challenges can get in the way of couple therapy, how well it works and how well it is tolerated by survivors. Her new book, Developmental Couple Therapy for Complex Trauma: A Manual for Therapists, will help therapists and survivors understand more about the impact of trauma, especially severe childhood trauma, on relationships and how to help survivors and their partners improve their relationship through a therapy that is specifically designed to help survivors develop the capacities necessary for doing the hard work of therapy.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Complex Trauma, Couple Therapy, Developmental Trauma and Interpersonal Relationships, Psychotherapy Research.
Heather MacIntosh began life as a classical singer and migrated to psychology through her work with trauma survivors in singing lessons. She continues to sing and direct choirs. Heather lives on a small farm in Eastern, Ontario with her two Icelandic horses, Trissa & Hnaggur, her Great Pyrenees Livestock Guardian dog, 13 feral cats and a few goats.