My Education & Background
Heather McMillen, Ph.D., LMFT, EMDR-C
M.A. in Counseling Psychology (Emphasis in Depth Psychotherapy) | Pacifica Graduate Institute
Ph.D. in Depth Psychology & Integrative Therapy | Pacifica Graduate Institute
I specialize in providing support to highly creative adults and couples who have faced developmental, relational, or single-incident traumas. I am certified as an EMDR Trauma Therapist by EMDRIA and trained as a Somatic Therapist in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) by the Trauma Resource Institute. With two decades of experience as a professional fine artist, I possess a profound understanding of both the advantages and obstacles that come with artistic talents. My clientele includes numerous professionals in the fine arts and entertainment industries. However, I also acknowledge that leading a creative life extends beyond one’s career choice. It encompasses a vibrant inner essence that exists within each of us, serving as the wellspring of inspiration, happiness, and personal development. My artistic background deeply influences my therapeutic approach, fostering an atmosphere of inquisitiveness, amazement, and vitality.
Within every individual resides the intricate interplay of both light and shadow, a kaleidoscope of reflecting and refracting color. Yet, I maintain the belief that each person possesses an innate longing to actualize their potential. Within a compassionate and supportive therapeutic environment, the aspects of our lives marked by emotional pain or discomfort often serve as fertile ground for personal growth and healing. I see therapy as a collaborative journey, providing a unique opportunity to nurture strength, discover meaning, and embrace one’s sense of purpose.
About My Current Work
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
I am currently accepting new clients in Pasadena CA. I have both in-person and telehealth (video) appointments available. I maintain a professional membership with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Ph.D. in Depth Psychology & Integrative Therapy
I earned a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute. My doctoral work supported a relational, embodied, attachment-based, and psychodynamic approach to treatment.
Certified EMDR Therapist & Consultant in Training
As a certified EMDR therapist, I completed consultation and education well beyond the basic EMDR training. This includes specialized protocols to treat complex trauma. I am now pursuing consultant status to support other EMDR providers.
Advanced Training &
Professional Affiliations &
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.
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.
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
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