Having difficulty understanding yourself and others? Do you have a teen that confuses or frustrates you? Or perhaps happiness has become somewhat of a stranger in your personal or family life. If you’re looking for someone to listen compassionately and offer evidence-based insights to help you and your loved ones reach personal mental health & relational goals, you’ve come to the right place!
I offer help in the form of a non-judgmental, empathetic listening ear. I draw from a clinical “toolbox” of person-centered therapy, CBT, DBT, Structural Family Therapy, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy that can be applied based on your individual or family needs.
I recognize the courage it takes to reach out, but you can do it!
I’m here to help.
- Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
- M.S. in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling, California State University, Fresno, 2018
- B.S. in Education & Human Development, Southern Utah University, 2012
- QPR Suicide Prevention
- MFT Law & Ethics
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina
- Moral Reconation Therapy for Domestic Violence Perpetrators (MRT-DV) Certified
Has your marriage been disrupted by pornography?
When you find yourself in a committed relationship where your partner has hurt you through pornography addiction, sex addiction, extramarital affair, or even an emotional affair, it can be traumatic. That’s why I’m here to help. Such an experience can result in what is called betrayal trauma; which, in effect, seems to turn your world upside-down in a disorienting tail-spin and you find yourself questioning, “What? Was I not good/pretty/fit/sexy enough? Does (s)he even love me? How could (s)he do such a thing? Has (s)he ever told the truth?” You usually have things well under control — so having this happen, having been absolutely blindsided, or having your worst suspicions confirmed, only compounds the hurt. When all hope seems lost and you feel wounded, betrayed and alone, seeking help from a trained therapist can mean the beginning of hope and healing.
If you’ve experienced any of the above situations or feelings, I have a proven plan for a way through this trying time. It will take effort and be difficult, but you can get back to center, stabilize your life, and reestablish a greater connection with yourself and others.
Do you have a teen or pre-teen that confuses, worries, frustrates, and annoys you?
And I mean, more than the average teenager. Have you tried everything you know, every parenting skill, every method of discipline, and yet nothing seems to work? Well, there’s hope yet. I am passionate about helping troubled teens and their families work together to establish a more loving, functional family unit. I utilize an approach called Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) or Attachment-Focused Family Therapy that is designed to help parents become more attuned to and work with the emotional hurt that’s likely hiding deep behind their teen’s abrasive or avoidant exterior. This exterior can consist of rebellion, acting out, unstable peer relationships, academic underachievement, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Have you lost someone close to you — to death, divorce, custody, or other circumstances?
When you lose a person close to you, perhaps the person closest to you, words often fail to describe how it feels. They’re no longer a phone call away, they don’t just stop by anymore, they’re not there to dry your tears, or you theirs. Others don’t quite know what to say, and sometimes their well-intended statements to “move on” or “get over it” hurt more than they could know. Some words to try to describe what this type of pain feels like may be lonely, void, empty, sad or even angry, but sometimes, even a combination of those words don’t convey the depths of your experience.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” – Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
If you would like to be accompanied by a trained therapist as you “find (your) way out of those depths”, don’t hesitate to call for an appointment.
Anger issues showing the worst sides of you?
When anger overtakes and ends up making difficult or stressful situations even worse, it may be helpful to join the anger management group I facilitate. It takes practice and a willingness to change, but I’ve seen lives completely change with a little know-how, practice and support from other group members. See the details of the group below:
In this adult anger management group, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of anger, how to monitor and more adequately manage it, and how family of origin patterns may have contributed to current expressions of anger.
This is a closed group of approximately eight (8) participants per group. Twelve (12) consecutive weeks are required for course completion. Sessions consist of cognitive behavioral therapy as it relates to anger management. It summarizes core concepts for each session and includes worksheets and homework assignments. A free screening is a pre-requisite to admittance into the group.
You don’t have to be a slave to your anger anymore, take back your self-control. Call today to schedule your free screening.
Heidi has been fascinated by human behaviors and relations for years. She has a particular affinity for working with teens, their families, women struggling in relationships, and any who feel out of control to their anger. Heidi is a native of Tooele and, after earning a graduate degree at California State University – Fresno, has returned to provide quality mental health services in her hometown. Also, having a love for the outdoors, she couldn’t bear living without mountains in her backyard and experiencing all four seasons.