"There is a part of you that is howling to get out and the other part of you is terrified."
- William F. Symes, M.Div., L.P.C.
Heather earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She completed over 70 credit hours of graduate work and training from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and completed 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work as part of her work to become an LPC. As a result of her undergraduate work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, she was selected as a Marie Wilson Howells Scholar for achievement of study and research in psychology and received the W.J. Richards Memorial Award in recognition of potential to become an outstanding teacher of psychology.
Since 2012, Heather has been helping individuals and their families overcome a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief, trauma, life adjustment, anger, and more. She has also received graduate training and post-graduate experience in the area of psychological testing. In addition, Heather has completed the Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training through Postpartum Support International and the 2020 Mom Project.
Through individual and family counseling, Heather assists individuals (age 12 and older) and their families in overcoming the challenges that they face. Heather views clients not as a diagnosis, but as individuals experiencing specific struggles. Within an atmosphere of grace and support, Heather empowers clients to develop the necessary skills for managing life’s stressors which leads to an increased sense of balance, freedom, energy, and overall fulfillment.
Heather continues to offer counseling for individuals (age 12 and older) and families regarding behavioral and mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief, trauma, life adjustment, anger, and more. She currently offers ADHD testing for adults (age 18 and older) as well.
Heather’s work also includes a focus on psychotherapy for women. Women face unique challenges in today’s world. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a mom balancing family and career, a single professional, or an older woman parenting adult children, the shifting roles, relationships, and responsibilities you face can be challenging. Although almost every woman struggles with issues related to career, parenthood, pregnancy, and relationships from time to time, you may find that you are unable to establish healthy coping strategies on your own in order to successfully face these challenges. This not only affects you, but can also impact your career, family, and other relationships.
You may find benefit from psychotherapy if you are:
Feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities and the feeling that you "should" be able to balance everything flawlessly.
Feeling like you're never "enough" at home, at work, in relationships, or, as a mom.
Feeling isolated and unsupported.
Feeling conflicted about career and motherhood.
Experiencing guilt because you feel angry and resentful toward your kids/spouse/job.
Experiencing anxiety or ambivalence about becoming a first time mom or adding another child to your family.
Experiencing anxiety or depression about returning to work.
Feeling like everyone thinks you have it "all under control" but you're falling apart on the inside.
Feeling guilty because you're having trouble adjusting to being a stay-at-home mom.
Feeling empty or sad as you adjust to an "Empty Nest" in your household.
Experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.
Recovering from a traumatic birth experience.
Struggling with anxiety or depression related to infertility issues.
Coping with pregnancy loss/miscarriage/stillbirth or loss of an infant.
Heather’s work with women focuses on:
Anxiety and depression
Transitions in motherhood
Self-confidence and identity
Balancing traditional roles with personal ambitions
Relationship issues connected to pregnancy, parenthood and birth
Psychotherapy for pregnancy related issues
Postpartum depression, anxiety, and/or trauma related to pregnancy or birth
Pregnancy loss/miscarriage/stillbirth/infant loss
Pregnancy after pregnancy loss/stillbirth/infant loss
Coping with traumatic birth experiences
Body image issues related to pregnancy and postpartum
Heather's approach is collaborative and supportive. She seeks to create a safe atmosphere for self-exploration, self-discovery, learning, processing, growing, healing, and more so that your true self is able to thrive and you are able to enjoy your life.
"When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been.......But she had wings."
- Dean Jackson