Heather Hawkins, LCSW

Therapy for all your parts.

1.

Individual
Psychotherapy

This tends to be longer-term in nature, particularly when treating PTSD, Complex PTSD, Personality Disorders, Dissociative Disorders and severe mood disorders. 

2.

Short-term Therapy

Sessions tend to be 6-8 or fewer and focused on a primary issue.  The therapeutic relationship can certainly evolve and go longer, but the initial investment is focused and brief. 

3.

Phobia Processing

Sessions are general 6 or fewer and focused on the phobia, for example, fear of needles. For more complex phobias (e.g. agoraphobia), a longer-term investment may be required.

4.

Recent Event Trauma Processing

Sessions can range from 4-12, and may require a greater investment, if the trauma is found to be more complex in nature. 

 
About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience in medical social work, crisis mental health and psychotherapy.  I have worked in several medical settings, including psychiatric emergency services, inpatient psychiatric support, mobile crisis mental health, inpatient palliative care (including work in oncology, CVCU, NTCU and ICU intensive care settings), and outpatient geriatric medical settings.  As a result of this experience, I have a unique understanding of the needs of healthcare professionals at high risk for burnout and vicarious trauma, as well as the strain experienced by formal and informal caregivers and patients dealing with acute and chronic disease processes. 

 

My practice is highly relational and trauma-informed, and explores the connection between the mind and body through the language of parts.  My undergraduate degree was in Health Science, and I use this lens to integrate a greater understanding of the neurobiology of trauma and anxiety into the therapeutic work.  I specialize in support for clients looking to heal from trauma, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, adjustment to acute/chronic illness, and grief and loss. I use a social justice orientation and am an ally to LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities.  

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Perhaps you, like many of us, have been living in a fog for the past year. Or two. Or perhaps even longer. Maybe you are dealing with anxiety, depression, crippling phobias or patterns of behavior that interfere with meaningful relationships, employment or movement towards your goals. We all have parts of self that interfere with our ability to lean into change or keep us at a distance from where we hope to be. Through the exploration of parts, we are able to listen to the most flawed aspects of ourselves with a new curiosity and question those voices that tell us we aren't enough or too broken.   

My experience and training includes Attachment Interventions, EMDR, Flash Technique, IFS, Ego State Interventions, CBT, DBT and mindfulness. 

My Approach

Getting Help

If you are ready to take a step closer to healing, contact me to check for availability.  I accept private pay clients and I can provide a detailed receipt (called a superbill) after payment out-of-pocket for reimbursement with your insurance provider as an out-of-network provider. Level of reimbursement varies, so please contact your insurance provider for more information about coverage.  

1.

Contact me for a free 20 minute initial consultation to see if we are a good fit

2.

Schedule initial session with full assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan

3.

Attend your first session from the comfort of your home and begin your healing journey

  • PTSD

  • Complex PTSD

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Identity disruption

  • Medical trauma (both patients and direct care providers)

  • Adjustment to acute/chronic illness

  • Sleep disturbance/insomnia

  • Grief and loss

  • Panic Disorder

  • Anxiety and phobias

  • Depression (Unipolar and Bipolar DOs)

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Professional/Career Issues

A part is not just a temporary emotional state or habitual thought pattern. Instead, it is a discrete and autonomous mental system that has an idiosyncratic range of emotion, style of expression, set of abilities, desires, and view of the world. In other words, it is as if we each contain a society of people, each of whom is at a different age and has different interests, talents, and temperaments.

-Dr. Richard Schwartz, Internal Family Systems Therapy