Whether in-person or online, I work with adults who struggle with very challenging emotional experiences. They may feel stuck, overwhelmed, out-of-control, anxious, angry, unhappy, depressed, alone, defective, or broken. This may translate into engaging in behaviors that both soothe them and hurt them, whether these involve food, alcohol, drugs, self-harm, unhealthy relationships, or even being over-busy or perfectionist. They may also suffer from chronic pain, whether from digestion issues, muscle pain, or a medical condition. If any of this resonates with you, I would love to offer you my attention, presence and guiding skills to help you explore and make sense of your inner experiences while learning to access more calmness, clarity, confidence, compassion and connection with yourself. I believe that you have the ability to not only feel and cope better, but to thrive.
From my experience, clients often find that some current or past unresolved life experiences are at the root of what they are struggling with today. These may be past abuse or neglect that led to complex trauma. Or these may be anything else that had a negative impact on the way they felt or thought about themselves, others or the world. For example, you may have been impacted by painful situations like family dysfunctions, judgment/bullying, betrayal, separation/divorce, work stressors, accidents/illnesses, or grief/loss. Often, we do not realize how much such experiences have affected us. I am convinced that healing and lasting positive changes are possible, and I love facilitating such changes.
I give the utmost importance to creating a space where you feel heard, understood and supported, so that you may safely process and heal from any unresolved experience that is getting in your way. Approaches that I find most helpful in creating that space are based on mindfulness and somatic awareness, so that you may process not only what you are aware of, but what your body may hold. That is why I got certified in Brainspotting, trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), as well as in the Safe and Sound Protocol. That being said, I am continuously learning and growing to better serve my clients.
Whichever path you take on your journey towards growth, healing and thriving, I will be honored to walk it with you, with compassion, curiosity, and hope.
Heidi earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. She practiced counseling in schools, community health clinics, and private practices. She is on the board of the Houston LPC Association (HLPCA) and is bilingual in English and French. Heidi also holds a Master’s degree in Electrical and Software Engineering and worked 15 years for an international corporation, managing multicultural teams from the U.S., Norway and U.K., before transitioning into the field of counseling. Outside of work, Heidi spends time with her family and her friends, takes care of herself by practicing yoga, and loves traveling, going to art festivals and watching movies - especially animations like Inside Out.