Heather is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Independent Contractor at our Stone Ridge location. Heather studied Music Education and received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. She went on to complete her Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy at Evangelical Theological Seminary. During this time she gained internship experience through the Wenger Family Center, Willard School District, Ozark School District and Safe Harbor Christian Counseling Center.
Heather has a strong passion for working with children and adolescents. She has focused her career on helping children and families struggling with behavioral concerns and emotional dysregulation. She has worked in a variety of settings including the local school system, home based care, a neuropsychologist’s office and private practice. Over the past several years, Heather has had the opportunity to work with both young children and adolescents doing school based therapy to help them to find effective coping strategies and make positive changes. The most valuable piece of information she learned during this time was how important it was for the family and school staff to be involved in the process. Working together as team created the most positive success for the child and/or adolescent.
Heather is an advocate for the Zones of Regulation, Positive Parenting and strength based counseling, which she has been implementing in her own life and sharing with clients. Heather is passionate about helping every child, client and family to find their “buried best” and to utilize their personal strengths to aid them to grow. She believes that each client has a unique story, interests and perspective that can be utilized to aid them in healing and growing.
Her approach is strengths-based and child-centered. She utilizes a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, The Zones of Regulation and play therapy techniques during her sessions. When working with adults and couples, she utilizes emotionally focused therapy and cognitive behavioral approaches.