Meet Heather

HeatherGrowing 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.   In my training, 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 at the Vienna Women's center. I also worked doing home visits 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 where I gained  extensive experience with survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence

As my life evolved, so did my practice. Personally living the trauma of two difficult births including an unplanned cesarian, 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 International, 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 birth trauma, infant loss, infertility, and adoption.  I also continue to enjoy my work with men and women working to improve their mental health.  I often with with clients years beyond their perinatal stage of life. 

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 use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients develop real skills to take with them. Acceptance and Commitment therapy is a tool used to decrease judgement and match your choices to your values. 

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.

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.

Isn’t it time to take care of YOU ?

I offer prospective clients a no-cost twenty-minute phone or video consultation to hear from you what is driving your counseling search.  That initial conversation helps me determine if my expertise is a match for your needs and it allows you an opportunity to judge your comfort level with me.  By the end, we’ll decide together if working together is the right fit for you.

If you are ready now or at a future time to have that free exploratory conversation, just fill out the form below and my office will get you scheduled.

Let’s get you feeling better,

-Heather

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