Heidi is a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State, a Washington State approved supervisor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and an adjunct instructor in the Counselor Education Department at Gonzaga University. Heidi obtained her bachelor’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology in 2004 from Eastern Washington University and her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Gonzaga University in 2010. Currently, Heidi is pursuing a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Heidi is passionate about suicide prevention and postvention, helping people heal from trauma, traumatic grief (e.g. suicide loss, homicide loss, child loss) and childhood adversities, and helping people with integrating grief and loss in a meaningful way. Heidi facilitates individual and group counseling through her private practice, and she offers a free support group for Suicide loss survivors called SOLOS. Heidi is a certified EMDR Therapist and is also a Certified Grief Educator.
What Heidi wants you to know about how she approaches counseling:
I believe much of what shapes us (e.g. how we see ourselves and others, how we behave, how we manage emotions, how we seek to connect, etc.) as humans stems from our attachment relationships and life experiences. Being able to feel safe in all regards and to have our basic needs met is critical to our health, and I believe we cannot separate mental health from physical health. I think we need safety, understanding, nurturance, curiosity, and a non-judgmental space in order to fully heal. Furthermore, I believe in working hard at understanding perceptions and behaviors from a developmental, cultural, and contextual perspective.