Registered Associate MFT, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #103782
Supervised by Emily Gordon, LMFT #88491
I believe that the choice to begin therapy is an act of self-empowerment.
Therapy offers the unique opportunity to dedicate a special space, time, and relationship solely for your personal growth.
It is within the alchemy of this process that new possibilities may begin to take shape.
Hi, I’m Heather. I’m an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Marina Counseling Center. Like many, I was first drawn to therapy through my own search for relief, truth, and fulfillment. What began as following an instinctive pull inevitably turned into a passion and my life’s work. I love what I do, and I am continually inspired supporting others in pursuit of their own healing and growth. I believe that this pursuit is as transformative for ourselves as it is for the world around us.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in advertising for several years. My previous career gave me an understanding of the stresses involved in corporate work life, as well as the desire to cultivate wellness within the community. I eventually left my job to pursue my passion and completed my Masters in Integrative Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to provide therapy in many different settings.
I believe that my own continual growth is an important part of being a therapist. My own personal therapy and my multi-year yoga practice are some of the ways that I continue to learn about myself and reflect on my relationship with myself, others, and the community.
Traineeship with California Pacific Medical Center
Internship at Lakeshore Elementary with San Fransisco Unified School District
Associate at Marina Counseling Center
Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine
AEDP Immersion with Diana Fosha
Modern Relationships with Esther Perel
People seek therapy for many reasons. Whether you need support for a difficult life transition, notice ingrained patterns that you want to change, or seek personal or spiritual growth, the choice to begin therapy is already paving the way for change.
I believe that we are inherently relational beings. Sharing our stories, wounds, and whole selves within the support of a trusting relationship is not only an important component of the healing process, but a part of what it means to be human.
With this in mind, I hold the quality of our relationship as the foundation of our work together. I will support you with warmth, curiosity, and honest reflection as we build trust and get to know your truest self, underneath all of the layers imposed by the various demands of life.
From this place of truth, we can discover the changes you desire and what is really getting in the way. Our work will center on making meaning of these barriers, and strengthening your own internal resources so that you can leverage your challenges into opportunities for true growth and healing.
I am an integrative therapist, meaning that I draw upon many modalities to support your unique needs. As a longtime yoga practitioner, my appreciation for the mind, body, heart, and spirit connection deeply influences my work. I am interested in exploring your thoughts and ingrained beliefs, the signals your body sends, your emotions and attachments, and your sense of purpose and intuition.
The therapeutic relationship is another important layer of our work together. Much of what comes up between us is a microcosm for what you experience in your outside relationships. I will actively examine these patterns with you, in real time, so that you can use our relationship as an opportunity to change and heal those patterns.
I have been fortunate to work with individuals of varying ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and physical abilities. It is important to me to provide a welcoming space where people from all backgrounds can feel seen, heard, and appreciated.
Some of the issues I have worked with include but are not limited to:
- Anxiety & Depression
- Career Fulfillment & Burnout
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Challenges
- Codependency & Boundaries
- Grief & Loss
- Spiritual Inquiry
- Body Image
- Eating Disorders
- Addictive Behaviors
- Sexual Trauma
- Women’s Empowerment
- End of Life
I am currently accepting new clients. My full fee is $140 per 50 minute session, and I also reserve spots for reduced fee clients. Reduced fees will be based on your income in accordance with the Marina Counseling Center sliding scale.
To set up a session, please feel free to call or email me. I offer an initial 20 minute phone consultation at no charge. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!