A CHANGE OF MIND
"We Change Our Behavior When The Pain Of Staying The Same Becomes Greater Than The Pain Of Change" ~Henry Cloud
Have a particular life obstacle you’re trying to overcome? Sometimes, seeking help from a certified expert is the best way to put things into perspective. As a committed, professional Psychotherapist in Naples, your well-being and mental strength is my number one priority. I’m happy to guide you through all of life’s challenges with the attention and care you deserve.
With You Every Step of the Way
I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, Mindfulness and Interpersonal therapy. I have found these types of therapies are proven to be extremely effective in decreasing anxiety, panic, depression and changing behaviors.
Specialties: Individual counseling, anxiety/panic, depression, dementia, autism, relationship difficulties, grief, illness, caregiver burnout, substance abuse, teen issues, parenting issues, smoking cessation, anger management (self-referred or court ordered), and court ordered Mental Health Evaluations.
I frequently and routinely attends conferences, webinars and educational opportunities to further strengthen my clinical skills and stay informed of the latest treatment modalities.
I offer in person and teletherapy sessions. Teletherapy offered to clients residing in or traveling to Massachusetts.
* Licensed in Florida and Massachusetts
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY AND MYSELF
I was born in Indiana and have resided in Naples, Florida for over 30 years. I have practiced in the mental health field since 1996, helping individuals cope and recover from depression, anxiety, panic, caregiver burnout, grief, loss, behavioral issues, substance abuse and relationship difficulties. I have worked with adults, teens and young children providing supportive care, therapeutic intervention, crisis care, end of life care and palliative care.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, three adult children, and two dogs- Charlie and Buddy. My wonderful husband is a sailboat captain and spends much time on the water. Since I get seasick looking at a boat, I have taken up photography and bike riding! I enjoy the beauty that nature offers and frequently enjoy capturing photos of wildlife most mornings.
With You Every Step of the Way
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.
SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY
Solution focused (brief) therapy (SFBT) is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions.
Mindfulness is maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. It also involves tuning our thoughts into the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imaging the future. When you are mindful, you carefully observe thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad.
Interpersonal therapy, or IPT, is a short-term, limited-focus treatment for depression. Studies have shown that IPT, which addresses interpersonal issues, may be at least as effective as short-term treatment with antidepressants for mild to moderate forms of clinical depression
Experience You Can Count On
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker Field Instructor, and an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker. I am also a Certified Hypnotist, Anger Management Specialist, Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, Certified Complex Trauma Professional, Certified Dementia Care Specialist, and Certified Smoking Cessation Provider.
I was named Human Rights Advocacy Committee District 8 Advocate of the year in 2000 and a current member of the National Association of Social Workers and of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. I am also a BSW and MSW Intern Field Instructor, and a Board Certified as a Telehealth Provider.
I graduated from Florida State University in 1998 with my Masters in Social Work, and later went on to receive Clinical Licensure in 2009. In 2013, I enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Florida Gulf Coast University.
I previously worked as a clinical therapist in a residential psychiatric facility, a Senior Clinician for those with chronic mental illness, a director and care provider with Hospice for 12 years, and later a director in a continuous care residential community.
I have had the privilege to serve on numerous committees during my career, to include Ethics, Clinical Practice, and Pediatrics Committees.
I continue support and guide therapists starting their sole private practices and offer guidance and consultation services.
REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK
I pride myself on my excellent service and ability to deliver superior results. If you would like to get an idea of the experiences that past clients have had with my services, I suggest taking a look at my client testimonials. My clients understand the benefits of working with me, and I’m happy to share their success stories.
"I am a professional in human services who has referred people to Heidi. I have worked with her in the past & trust her to deliver professional competent counseling services. She is dedicated & good at what she does. I have received good feedback from referrals".
WHAT IS A LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER?
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a mental health therapist that practices a type of mental health therapy that is strength based in nature. After completing a Master’s degree, the therapist much complete an extensive period of post-graduate supervised work experience, specifically 3000 hours, along with passing of an ASWB approved national test. An LCSW takes into account not only the individual’s emotional and psychological makeup, but also societal and environmental factors that can impact the well-being of a person.
ARE SERVICES CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes. By law, I am obligated to protect your confidentiality. If you wish for your records to be released to a specific person, I will do so after written permission is obtained by you. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality in which I am mandated to report: Suspected child, dependent, or elder abuse. -If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. -If the client intends to harm himself or herself. I therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures need to be taken. Please see Notice of Privacy Practices form under 'New Client' tab.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
No, I am considered an out-of-network provider. I collect my fees at the time of service, and should you wish, I will be happy to provide you will a detailed receipt you may submit to your insurance carrier for possible reimbursement, or to be applied to deductible.
To determine if you have mental health coverage with out of network providers, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Find answers to the following questions: What are my mental health benefits? What is the coverage amount per therapy session? How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A TYPICAL APPOINTMENT? HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
For some, your initial appointment may be the first time you have ever worked with a therapist. I do my very best to make you feel as comfortable as possible in my office. I will never ask you to do or say anything that will make you uncomfortable. Our first session includes completion of minimal paperwork, and then sitting together to determine the destressing issues you wish to resolve. Once this is apparent, together we will develop an effective, agreed upon treatment plan in efforts to resolve the issue(s). Subsequent appointments will include talk therapy in efforts to decrease your destress level and gain insight into how to effectively manage and resolve issues. I may suggest specific readings, give handouts or give homework. Most appointments last 50-60 minutes.
A Change of Mind
I look forward to speaking with you.