About Heather

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.

Philosophy

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

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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.

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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.

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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 &

Certifications

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EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDRIA (EMDR International Association)

I have successfully completed all required hours, practicum training, and consultation to become a Certified EMDR Therapist.

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Trauma Resiliency Model (Somatic Therapy)

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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Family & Couples Training

Southern California Counseling Center

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

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Military Competency

Star Behavioral Health Providers

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

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

Color Theory and Depth Psychology: A Hermeneutic Inquiry

Published Doctoral Dissertation | Proquest | Carpinteria, CA

A Painter’s Eye for Storytelling: How to Apply Color Theory to the Interpretation of Myth

Art & Psyche Conference Presentation | UCSB | Santa Barabara, CA

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