You are deserving of support and nurturing. If you are experiencing pain, stress, or just don't feel like yourself anymore please know that help is available. If you are seeking to interrupt and heal generational cycles of trauma and stress in your life then I'm here for you. Each person has the power to significantly change the trajectory of their life and positively impact the lives of their family and community. I've also completed specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and can support new parents and parents to be.
Have you noticed your child, tween, or teen is isolating more? Expressing self-doubt and poor self-esteem? Feeling sad or angry? Not spending time with friends or feeling left out? Perhaps they have been arguing with you more or having anger outbursts at home? Changes in school, friends, or home life can cause worries or changes in their mood. As a teen or young adult, have you been feeling this way?
The journey of finding a therapist can be difficult and frustrating at times. You may ask yourself, "do I really need to talk with someone?" Coming to the realization that you may need to talk to some one is challenging . Taking that first step in searching, for someone, to talk to is moving in the direction, of finding peace, hope and healing.
Together the client and I chart a treatment plan that supports the client in using their skills and my knowledge. I am currently working with PTSD and the effects of early trauma on adult functioning. I am also now able to offer LCSW supervision for licensure in the state of Virginia. My experience includes general mental health, workplace issues, marriage counseling, adolescent issues, schools issues, and drug and alcohol assessment and treatment.
Does self-doubt rob you of feeling a sense of contentment and stability you desire? Do feelings of shame obstruct your ability to feel worthy of a loving relationship with yourself and others? Are self-esteem and confidence drowned out by nagging thoughts of: "I'm not good enough", "I'm a failure", "I'm not worthy of love"? Life transitions and unexpected events can resurface embedded and unresolved traumas that stick with us and impact our emotional health later in life. Consequently you may find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of stress, anxiety and disconnection, unable to find a sense of peace and balance.
You and I can help you bring healing to your mental health. I am trained, experienced, and committed to helping you experience healing and wholeness of body and mind as well as in all areas of your relationships, be it with your spouse, your family, co-workers, and especially your relationship with YOURSELF!! Seeking therapy is a courageous first step toward the relief you are searching for and need because therapy allows you the opportunity to more deeply reflect on self, experiences, and circumstances.
I bring 30 years of counseling experience to our time together. My orientation can best be described as eclectic, drawing from rogerian, cognitive behavioral and family systems theory and techniques. Our first session provides the opportunity to decide together whether I am best able to help you accomplish your goals. If you are unsure of who/what would best suit your needs, I will be glad to offer my help in finding the resources you ay need.
I always gravitated to jobs that entailed helping people: Teacher; Red Cross; Covenant House. I had also pursued seminary studies and was briefly on track to becoming a clergyman. Entry into grad school to study Counseling seemed the next natural step in my career path. But there was a more profound reason I became a Professional Helper, and that is my own lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression.
Throughout life most of us experience transitions that challenge and transform us. Many of these passages can be navigated more effectively with the knowledge and compassion of an experienced professional. Combining Jungian psychology, family systems, humanistic psychology, modern neuroscience and mindfulness, I bring my full attention and presence to the sacred work of healing mind, body and heart with each client. In addition to traditional therapy, dream-work and creative expressions such as art, poetry, music and dance facilitate healing and growth. Relaxation and meditation techniques assist with grounding and centering.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCTP, EMDRC
Heather received her Bachelor's of Neuroscience/Psychology from Tulane University 2008 with Master's Neuroscience work and Master's Degree in Professional Counseling since 2012. She has 18 years of experience in the mental health field. She has extensive experience in abuse and trauma work as well as the neurological etiology of trauma related disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings and is certified in EMDR through EMDRIA and is a Consultant/Facilitator in Training. Heather gives seminars through EMDRIA on the neurobiology of dissociative trauma.
You have the power to tell your story and use your voice. I have a desire to listen and guide you through the story. I offer an integrative, caring approach with an empathetic style. I have experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. I guide clients so they may formulate goals that promote positive outcomes. You have the ability to make counseling a productive part of your life. The theories I offer become tools to manage stress and improve functioning.
Everyone faces challenges in life. At some point, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed, or stuck in patterns of thinking or behaving that no longer work for you. I believe counseling is a collaborative process, in which we will work together to address the barriers which may be holding you back from fully engaging in your life or achieving your true potential. Together we can identify your individual strengths and find the motivation to improve your life situation. I would be honored to be a part of your journey toward personal growth.
Personal growth and a life fulfilled is what most people strive to achieve in this lifetime.
But personal growth is NOT with out challenge.... Have you experienced a major life event such as the death of a loved one, loss of employment, divorce or retirement?
Are you thinking...how do I create a "New Normal"? .... Are you feeling overwhelmed... don't know where to begin?
Are you pondering if your emotional responses could be hindering a better life choice or change? When exploring your values and priorities...are they truly YOUR choices or are you trying to fulfill a role and please others?
Hines & Associates offers comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help individuals who are seeking to Build Life Experiences Worth Living. We are here to help adolescents and adults who are looking for help in regulating their emotions, improving their lives, and learning skills to effectively address each moment. We work with individuals who are suffering from suicidal thoughts, self harm, anxiety, depression and a variety of additional life-threatening behaviors. Comprehensive DBT consists of individual therapy, skills training group, phone coaching, and therapist consultation team.
Are you struggling with grief, sadness, or depression? Do you feel like it takes extra effort to get things accomplished, or just to get through the day? Do you feel overwhelmed with anxiety about everything, or have trouble obtaining adequate sleep? Things can get better, but it is hard to do it alone. I am so thankful that you have chosen to reach out for support. I am a LPC specializing in work with adults. Therapy can be enlightening and transformative when you are paired with the right therapist for you.
Life can be overwhelming and lead us to want change. Mental health concerns, worries, daily struggles, past traumatic experiences- so many things can pile on and reduce our window of tolerance. Often we struggle to find the next steps towards getting things to a more balanced state. In our time together, I will empower you to identify your needs and work towards achieving your goals in a warm and supportive environment. We will work to build openness and communication skills that help strengthen your natural supports. This is a space for you to work towards things being better- whatever better might look like for you.
Childhood and adolescence is such an important moment in life. At times, children need help navigating through life stages by learning to cope with challenges or life changes. I believe my role as a professional counselor is to develop supportive and collaborative relationships with clients in order to help foster growth and healing. I also offer parenting tools that can help build meaningful support for youth during their journey. I tailor the treatment process to meet the specific needs of each client and utilize creative and engaging therapeutic modalities.
My ideal client will want to grow from our time together. I will provide you with education and ideas as to how you can improve your mental health. What you do with that information outside of our sessions determines your success!
Are you experiencing difficulty setting boundaries in relationships, understanding your needs, or coping with life stressors or events? Are you concerned that you may be suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma or bipolar disorder? Are you a parent concerned about your child or adolescent's behaviors or mood or wish to develop a new relationship with your child? Are you finding yourself in dissatisfying patterns in work and relationships? Do you struggle with mood, thoughts or behaviors and wish to break the cycle?
I specialize in child and family therapy with an emphasis in marriage counseling, but I am open to helping anyone that is looking for a way to improve their lives through understanding their emotions and how those emotions are affecting their behaviors and actions. I have been married for the past 16 years and have 5 children of my own, and I understand the common struggles of maintaining a working relationship with a spouse and with children. I spent 10 years working with the foster care system, and I spent the last 4 years supervising a school counseling program and conducting individual counseling for an array of individuals.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Stephens City are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Stephens City then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Stephens City, or Child Psychologists in Stephens City.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Stephens City psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Stephens City specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.