Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBP)
Licensed Black Belt Nia Instructor
25+ years experience in Mind/Body Empowerment and WellBeing
19 years experience Post Master's Degree
Extensive research on the relationship between Mind/Body/Emotion/Spirit Integrative WellBeing relative to their roles in Healing, Emotional Intelligence, Life Satisfaction, and Personal Empowerment
Extensive experience working with a wide range of DSM diagnosis, Crisis Intervention, Comorbidity, Program/Curriculum Development and Scientific Implementation for Lifestyle and Criminal Rehabilitation
Creativity, Authenticity, Intrinsic Motivation, and Connectedness to Self and Others
Dance, Movement, Neuromuscular Integrative Action (NIA - 19 years total experience between personal practice and facilitating the practice)
Colorado Governor's Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles Appointee 11/2010-09/01/2015
Elected to the Board of Directors as Vice President of the Council 12/20/2012 - 09/01/2015
In addition to the aforementioned, I am interested in and passionate about Existential Issues on Meaning and Purpose, Humanistic and Transpersonal topics, Integrative and Expansive WellBeing, Authentic Empowerment, Authentic Self-Expression, Happiness, Resilience, and International/Collaborative and Consulting Work.
Emotional Intelligence, Conscious and Meaningful Life Philosophy, Happiness, Life Satisfaction, WellBeing,
Authenticity and Intrinsic Motivation, Mind/Body/Emotion/Spirit Integrative Health Connections
Expansive Well-Being and Connectedness to Self and Others
Dance, Movement, and Somatic/Therapeutic Approaches to WellBeing
The BodyTalk System - BodyMind Integrative WellBeing Technique
Neuromuscular Integrative Action (Nia)-Licensed Black Belt Instructor
Heather has presented to general and niche audiences speaking on the topics of Authentic Exploration Through Integrative Movement Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Emerging Therapies in Health and Healing for Professional Nurses, The Stigma of Mental Illness, Natural Approaches for Mood and Cognitive Disorders, Reclaiming Mind, Body, and Spirit through integration of Chakra work in Therapeutic Play and Issues relevant to Children and Adolescents of Contemporary Society, Habits of Highly Effective People as well as Authenticity, Expansive Well Being, and Integrative Practices at International Conferences in Cuba, China, and Hong Kong.
Heather is an interactive and solution-focused psychotherapist. Her therapeutic approach provides support, facilitates one's personal insight, and offers practical feedback to empower clients to effectively address and transform personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques and offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion, understanding, and focused presence she works with each individual to help build on their strengths to attain personal growth, healing, and wholeness.
Heather’s therapeutic style weaves together mindfulness-based and client-centered cognitive-behavioral and humanistic-existential frameworks. Spiritual insight is open for discussion, if desired, as part of a transformative practice integrating Eastern and Western approaches of psychotherapy and healing arts into a high-powered synergistic healing collaboration. Psychotherapy can strengthen the psyche and relax the mind allowing the Spirit to soar! This approach is intended to help you to rediscover the joy of life as well as loving yourself and mastering the art of living a passionate, authentic, deliberate, healthy, and balanced life. If you would like a more detailed statement of her therapeutic orientation and techniques, one can be provided upon request.
Ph.D. Psychology, Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA (2014)
MA - Master of Arts in Psychology, Regis University, Denver, CO (2001); Recipient of the Malcolm Knowles Award
BA - Bachelor of Arts in Social Science/Psychology, University of Wyoming (1996)
Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBP) - International BodyTalk Association (11/2003)
Professional Organization Memberships
Professional Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
Full Member of the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA)
Professional Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association (RMHCPA)
Member of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
Lifetime Member of PSY CHI - The National Honor Society in Psychology
On a lighter note
Heather has lived, worked, and/or traveled in South America, Europe, U.S., Grand Cayman, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia, Cuba, China, and Hong Kong. She has been involved in Salsa, Nia, and Tango communities and has also worked as a Spanish, Kickboxing, and Gymnastics Instructor for both children and adults. Through her own personal journey with health and healing she has experienced the power within our bodies to heal when given the proper tools. For the past several years, she has done extensive research on the relationship between mind, body, emotions, and spiritually integrated empowerment and wellbeing as relative to their roles in healing. Heather's diverse background enables her to craft a unique therapeutic experience. She works from a guiding philosophy, based in research, which asserts that individuals thrive when they participate fully in their own health and healing process. While employing a variety of techniques, the bottom line to Heather's philosophy is that lasting healthy growth and learning are best when they happen in the context of honest, open, accepting, and joyful relationships.