Heather McMillen, LPC
Offers online Psychotherapy for Anxiety, Depression, and Life Transitions, with a special focus on Perinatal Mood Disorders, Infant Loss, and Birth Trauma.
Supportive and results-driven therapy that you do from the comfort of your home or office. We use a HIPPA compliant platform that makes patient paperwork, billing, and sessions happen easily for you.
Remove the barriers of commute time, babysitters, and parking pains. Clients need a device with a camera and microphone, a good internet connection, and a private space – babies welcome!
Maternal Mental Health
Growing up I was sought out by family and friends for listening and advice. The role came so naturally since I am a patient listener and have always been instinctively driven to help others. So, it was a surprise to no one that my undergrad pursuit was a major in Psychology. I loved learning about the brain and studying human behavior. My favorite areas of study focused on techniques and strategies that tap our awareness and inspire positive change.
I am licensed as a Professional Counselor in Washington DC, Virginia and South Carolina. I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Community Counseling. My postgraduate studies focused on treating Trauma, Anxiety, and understanding the mind-body connection. I studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with the Beck Institute and completed various courses in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International. I also hold certification in Telemental Health & Digital Ethics from the Zur Institute.
My early mental health experience began working with the severely mentally ill in Washington, DC. Followed by counseling for the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and then the Fairfax County Office for Women in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services unit.
As my life evolved, so did my practice. Personally living the trauma of two difficult births including VBAC, ICU, and NICU fostered my desire to use my skills to help others during such a transformative stage of life. With that focus, I became a professional member of Postpartum Support Internal, Postpartum Support Virginia, and International Cesarean Awareness Network. For over eight years I have worked closely with women in all stages of pregnancy and early motherhood. I have helped clients through infant loss, infertility, and adoption.
My Approach & Values
Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured
Right from the start, we will work together towards producing positive change that helps you discover more Joy! My counseling philosophy is based on the principle of partnership – I join with you on a journey that often recalls the past to understand the present and prepare better and brighter tomorrows. I specialize in helping people who have experienced Trauma, Anxiety Disorders including PTSD, Depression, and relationship issues. I have extensive experience with survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients develop real skills to take with them.
My treatment approaches utilize modern therapy techniques including IPT (Interpersonal psychotherapy) a collaborative approach that helps clients resolve symptoms, improve interpersonal interactions, and increase and access social support. Using a Biophysical/Cultural/Spiritual Model to help clients understand their distress and set goals for change. I also believe in a holistic therapy approach that uses mind-body practices that help improve awareness and acceptance of symptoms.
Additionally, I have a personal interest in helping women during pregnancy, birth, and transition to parenthood, all of which can be a daunting time. I can assist women interested in VBAC births, those who have experienced birth traumas and women who are facing anxiety and or depression around pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.
If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. I offer flexible and convenient therapy through Telemental Health sessions. You can be in control of your healing journey by choosing therapy services that are convenient and accessible.
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