About Heather

My Education & Background

B.A. in Human Behavior | Ryokan College
M.A. in Counseling Psychology (Emphasis in Depth Psychotherapy) | Pacifica Graduate Institute
Ph.D. in Depth Psychology & Integrative Therapy | Pacifica Graduate Institute (2017-2020)

After 17 years as a freelance fine artist, I understand the benefits and challenges associated with artistic gifts and I specialize in working with highly creative adults, adolescents, and couples. Although I work with many professionals in the fields of fine art and entertainment, I also recognize that living a creative life is not defined by one’s choice of career. Instead, it refers to a spark of vitality that lives within each of us, which is the source of inspiration and growth. My background in the arts informs my approach to therapy through a sense of play, curiosity, wonder, and aliveness.

Philosophy

I believe human beings have an innate drive toward the fulfillment of possibility. Given a gentle and nurturing therapeutic environment, the parts of our lives that involve emotional pain or discomfort often provide the most fertile opportunities for growth and healing. I view therapy as a collaborative process, which offers a chance to cultivate sources of strength, meaning, and purpose.

About My Current Work

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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I am currently accepting new clients in private practice. I have offices in both East and West Los Angeles.

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Ph.D. in Depth Psychology & Integrative Therapy

I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is an evidence-based integrative psychotherapy approach that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma.

Advanced Training &

Certifications

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Family & Couples Training

Southern California Counseling Center

This intensive training program included instruction in family systems, EFT, the Gottman Method, LGBTQ+ couples and families, and couples' individuation work.

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Trauma Resiliency Model & Community Resiliency Model

Trauma Resource Institute

I am trained in TRM and CRM, two programs designed to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-informed” individuals through the development of somatic awareness, personal resources, and grounding techniques.

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Certifications in Military Competency (Tiers 1 & 2)

Star Behavioral Health Providers

This training for civilian practitioners focused on developing core competencies for working with active-duty military service members, veterans, and military families.

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Gang Awareness Training & Experience (G.A.T.E.) Certification

Southern California Counseling Center

This certification course included instruction and experiential learning focused on the daily challenges of involvement with gang culture in Los Angeles.

Professional Affiliations &

Community Involvement

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California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)

I am a member of CAMFT, an independent professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of marriage and family therapy as an art and a science, and to maintaining high standards of professional ethics, upholding the qualifications for the profession.

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EMDR Institute

The EMDR Institute™, founded by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1990, offers quality trainings in the EMDR™ methodology, a treatment approach which has been empirically validated in over 24 randomized studies of trauma victims. An additional 24 studies have demonstrated positive effects for the eye movement component used in EMDR therapy.

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The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

Open Mind is a community film and lecture series that is open to the public at no charge on the UCLA campus. ‘The Friends’ bring together scientists, researchers, clinicians, authors and filmmakers to discuss issues that pertain to illnesses of the mind and brain.

Publications & Presentations

In the Footsteps of Gods and Monsters: Sacred Travel and Individuation

Published Master’s Thesis | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria CA

BTWN Literary Journal Vol. 19: Undertow

Cover and Interior Illustration | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA

Flow: Art Making as Peak Experience

Presentation | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA

The Artist’s Life: Examining the Creative Process

Special Guest Speaker | Laboratory Arts Collective | SOHO House West Hollywood

The Perfection Complex: Creativity as the Antidote to Perfectionism

Presentation | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA

Illuminated Devices: Exploring the Mindful Use of Smartphones

Presentation | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Capinteria, CA

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