Heather D. Eslien, MA, LMHC, Counselor in Sarasota
I believe that we come into this world whole and remain whole as we travel through our lives. Collectively and individually, however, we suffer trauma as the result of the human condition. We develop brilliant coping mechanisms for survival that, over time, become a hindrance to our continued evolution. I use a holistic treatment approach, that addresses the whole person (mind, body, soul and emotions). I view my work with clients through the lens of social justice. I am especially sensitive to how various societal oppressions become internalized and impact our mental health and identity.
My specialization is with the LGBTQIA+ community. In particular, I have a lot of experience working with the trans and gender expansive community. Gender, much like sexual orientation, exists on a natural continuum. The dysphoria that Trans folks often suffer from comes directly from the oppression and discrimination inflicted by a largely transphobic culture.
I believe wholeheartedly in the practice of Mindfulness. By turning inward and beginning to notice our thoughts without judgment, we begin to see our own patterns and ultimately, free ourselves to make new choices. Cultivating self-compassion allows our understanding of others to expand and enriches our lives immeasurably.
Call or Email Heather D. Eslien for a free phone consultation now - (941) 584-5091


  • Years in Practice: 5 Years
  • School: Antioch University Seattle
  • Year Graduated: 2009
  • License No. and State: MH14336 Florida


  • Avg Cost (per session): $120 - $140
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Membership: ACA / 6269727
  • Member Since: 2010
  • Membership: Trans Action FL Member
  • Member Since: 2013

Heather D. Eslien's Groups

Loved Ones of Trans/Gender Expansive Individuals

The people who love and support trans individuals often have questions and concerns of their own, as dealing with a loved ones transition can be a challenging process. These loved ones go through a transition process of their own, specific to their relationships as partners, parents and family members. This group will offer a space for then to come together and share their stories and experiences as well as provide support for each other. * Please note this particular group is for non-trans identified (cisgender) individuals only.* ~If interested please contact Heather Eslien, LMHC at: (941)-840-0878 or heather.d.eslien@gmail.com.

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Transmasculine Support Group

This includes any and all folks who identify from a male and/or masculine perspective who were AFAB (Assigned Female at Birth) be they transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, etc. All sexual orientations are welcome. Wherever you are in your process, come share your story, learn from others and empower yourself in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. This is a free monthly support group facilitated by a licensed mental health therapist and gender specialist. ~If interested please contact Heather Eslien at: (941)-840-0878 or heather.d.eslien@gmail.com for a free screening to determine if you are a good fit for the group.

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  • Transgender
  • Lesbian
  • Gay


  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • LGBTQ + Counseling
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders


  • Bisexual

Client Focus

Religious Orientation: Buddhist


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Buddhist Psychology
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Feminist
  • Internalized Oppression
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Relational
  • Somatic Awareness


  • Individuals
  • Couples
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017
Heather D. Eslien, MA, LMHC, Counselor in Sarasota

Heather D. Eslien

Counselor, MA, LMHC