About Heather


  • Academic Concerns

  • ADHD

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Bullying

  • Christian Counseling

  • College Adjustment

  • Criminal Behavior

  • Depression

  • Domestic Violence

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Life Transitions

  • Peer/Relationship Conflict

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-Harming Behaviors

  • Sexual Abuse/Assault

  • Stress Management

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Trauma

  • Victim Advocacy

  • Work Stress

Heather first entered private practice in December of 2016.  Prior to this, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, public schools, universities, residential treatment centers, medical rehabilitation programs, and correctional facilities.  She also has experience conducting individual, family and group therapy, psychological assessments, and psychological research and consultation.  Entering private practice has allowed her an opportunity to integrate these diverse experiences.  

Heather has a true passion for working with adolescents and young adults.  After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Health, Heather obtained a position as an Academic Counselor for a large public school district.  In this role, she worked with high school students struggling with academic, behavioral, and truancy concerns.  This experience is where Heather first started to see her calling for working with this age group going forward.

While pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from Grace University, Heather also worked as a Youth Treatment Coordinator at a residential treatment center for adolescents with co-occuring mental health and substance use disorders.  Following graduation, Heather began working as a mental health therapist at a juvenile detention facility.  Since this time, she has continued to regularly work with individuals involved with the legal system, even going on to obtain a second Master's and Doctorate degree in Criminal Justice.  Heather is also a graduate of the Nebraska Victim Assistance Academy and often works with individuals who have been impacted by crime.

Heather has a gift of easily establishing rapport with adolescents and young adults.  She understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship and prioritizes this in her work.  Her clients have regularly described her as caring, relatable, nonjudgmental, and authentic. 

In addition to her background in counseling and criminal justice, Heather completed the Women in Leadership certificate program through Cornell University and is a Certified Mediator and Restorative Justice Practitioner.  Outside of the office, Heather teaches undergraduate Criminal Justice courses and also enjoys hanging out with her cat (Iggy), and spending time with friends while eating Mexican food or drinking coffee.