LCSW, MSW, play therapist in training
I'm Heather. I am a wife, a mother to two little women (or so I like to call them after my favorite book), and a clinical social worker. I have been in Columbia working in private practice for the past 4 years and prior to that I worked in various social work environments while obtaining my degree in Utah.
My favorite thing about social work is the people. I love that I get to meet and work with such a variety of ages (children, teens, adults) and people with all types of growth awaiting them. Whether I'm working with individuals, couples, or families, I approach therapy by focusing on your strengths and personally made goals while following evidence based approaches.
Education and Experience
I have an undergraduate degree in Marriage and Family Studies and a Masters of Social Work both from Brigham Young University. I have worked in community mental health, in the public schools, private practice, and in the prison system. In these capacities, I have gained experience working with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and trauma related diagnoses.
I am currently working towards certification as a Registered Play Therapist under the supervision of Cate Johnston, LCSW. I am a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the Missouri Play Therapy Association, serving on the board of this organization since 2018. Building upon my play therapy skills I have taken specific trainings in Theraplay, expressive arts, and child centered play. I am a Level 2 trained practitioner in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an evidence based treatment for trauma.
I currently accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Optum, UMR, UBH, United HealthCare, Medicaid for children in foster care.