Heal Her Heart is committed to empowering women who have experienced trauma to share their stories and continue the work towards their journey of healing.
To heal the hearts of women worldwide.
About Our Founder
For Amanda Dookie, supporting and advocating for women and their well-being is more than a career; it is a calling. With over thirteen years of experience in the social service sector, Amanda has dedicated herself to counselling survivors of abuse and trauma, facilitating group and individual mental health programming, and providing spaces and resources for women pursuing mental, emotional, and psychological wellness.
The brainchild of Amanda’s passion for women’s wellness is Heal Her Heart, a platform and community for women coping with trauma. Heal Her Heart began in 2016 as a space where women could safely and anonymously release the weight of their trauma through storytelling. It has since expanded into inclusive and empowering therapeutic programming, wellness workshops, individual counselling, and support groups all developed and facilitated by Amanda herself.
Amanda’s deep empathy for those in need is a lifelong virtue. As a child, she was quick to speak up for others and volunteered with children with developmental disabilities. That affinity led Amanda to an early start in the social service sector when she began her first job with the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child at just 15. Before graduating high school, she also took on a role as a program facilitator with Project P.E.A.C.E., a community initiative focused on strengthening relations between youth and the Toronto Police Service.
It was also in high school that Amanda determined that her professional focus in social service would be on working with women living with trauma. After being assaulted as a teen, Amanda sought the support of a school guidance counsellor. The experience was tarnished by the counsellor’s cultural insensitivity and impersonal approach, which inspired Amanda’s commitment to ensuring women survivors of abuse had access to support that honoured their needs.
With a diploma in Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselling from George Brown College and a degree in Women’s Studies from York University, Amanda has pursued that commitment in several roles throughout her career. Most notably, she has facilitated workshops on sexual health through Toronto Public Health, coordinated events with Arrive Alive, Drive Sober, and served as a crisis counsellor for an embodiment and healing through movement program by the organization, Pretty Wings.
But Amanda is proud to have been able to use those experiences to build an organization of her own to do her life’s work. She continues to serve a growing community of women through Heal Her Heart with a holistic, intersectional, and feminist approach to mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. And she is far from finished. In 2021, Amanda will launch Heal Her Heart’s apothecary line of self-care products and begin her Master of Social Work degree. Long term, she intends to create a crisis line for women experiencing abuse.
When Amanda is not building her legacy as a healer of hearts, she enjoys losing herself in a good book, tuning into true crime podcasts and videos, relishing in the joy of sweet soca music, and spoiling her precious pups, Emma and Bentley.
We Value Women: Women’s healing requires a woman-centred approach. That’s why our organization employs a feminist lens that is inclusive and intersectional.
We Value Healing: At the core of what we do is the belief that broken hearts can be whole again. We hold our organization to the highest standard in ensuring that every woman we reach with our work is helped, not harmed.
We Value Confidentiality: We respect the courage it takes to share stories of trauma. Our counsellors maintain 100% confidentiality and anonymity is guaranteed on our storytelling platform.
We Value Inclusivity: Trauma does not discriminate and neither do we. We welcome women of all races, ages, sexes, religions and nationalities to use our services.
Support Heal Her Heart
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission. Your contribution will allow us to continue to offer expressive holistic healing modalities, therapeutic programming and workshops, and compassionate group and individual counselling.Donate
We believe in the importance of having a forum to process, release and write about trauma as a means of coping.
Free of judgement, bias, and criticism. Information on personality disorders, mental illnesses/diagnoses, coping mechanisms, and distress tolerance.
Heal Her Heart believes in the use of expressive holistic healing modalities, therapeutic programming and workshops and compassionate group and individual counselling to change the narrative for women living through trauma.
Heal Her Heart knows the importance of a dependable support system for survivors of trauma. Our in-person support groups, individual counselling sessions, therapeutic programming and wellness workshops are designed to offer you a welcoming community of women and a safe space to meet.