Heather Abreu

(MSEd., LMHC)

About Me

Hello. I know life can at times feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate on your own. I am so happy that you are taking the step to begin working through whatever concerns you may have. When we meet, I hope that you will find a safe place where we can explore these concerns and develop a plan that will have you living your best life.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of counseling experience. I have worked with individuals presenting with a wide range of concerns. I have extensive experience working with individuals with addiction and with their loved ones, with individuals who have experienced trauma, and with families in conflict. I have worked with individuals struggling with life transitions such as divorce, returning to the workforce and career change. I have counseled in mental health, addiction treatment, and criminal justice settings as well as my own private practice
My counseling philosophy is that YOU are the expert of your own life. My approach is integrative, incorporating different therapeutic techniques to make sure that your specific concern is addressed in the way most effective for you. Each person is unique and brings his or her own history making it impossible to utilize only one or two approaches to therapy. People respond differently to styles of counseling. Our work together will always be person (you)- centered and strength-based, because, again, I truly believe that you have what it takes to succeed. My role is to guide and support you in building the skills and confidence necessary to live your best life. I meet each client where you are and build on your strengths and resources. My style is not always “easy”, I will sometimes push you past your comfort zone, but I will always be empathetic and patient and put you first. Oftentimes, clients aren't aware of what is holding them back and keeping them stuck in unhealthy patterns and as a therapist, I can aid in identifying those things. Together, we can undo false belief systems and unhealthy habits. Seeking therapy is the first step in that process.
I look forward to meeting you and to begin working together!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #000565 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

Written by T.A. on Sep 22, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Heather is the most understanding and attentive therapist. I am so happy to be facilitating my healing work with her.

Written by J.A. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 months

Heather has been incredible and has helped me in such a short amount of time. She really has re-set my perspective on things and has given me such great tools .

Written by K.R. on Aug 02, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Heather is a great counselor. She not only is a great listener, but also gives great perspective on issues that I have struggled with for several years. I always feel comfortable talking to her, and have never felt judged.

Written by A.M. on Jul 28, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Heather is amazing! I wish she could be my therapist forever. Moving out of state is gonna be so sad when I have to switch counselors.

Written by B.R. on Jul 23, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Heather is an exceptionally considerate, kind and validating therapist. She has been able to work with me through a huge variety of emotional challenges from childhood trauma to sexual relationships and even professional endeavors. She is extremely perceptive and is able to point out unconscious behaviors during our sessions that I am working on in a way that is always supportive and validating rather than invasive. I feel extremely lucky to have found her. I can’t recommend her highly enough - she’s been a huge blessing for me in one of the most tumultuous times in my life. Thank you Heather!

Written by C.A. on Jul 14, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Heather is amazing, she has been with me for a very long time, and remembers my goals and aspirations from when we first began talking. She often reminds me of how far I've come, and can recognize the patterns in my life, even when I can't. I'm very grateful for her!

Written by A.P. on Jun 05, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Heather is amazing. She has such a real world way of explaining things and making it easy to understand and easier to resonate with. It’s almost like talking to a really good friend that knows a lot about you and wants the best for you. I love her personal approach it really makes a difference. I enjoy working with her and would recommend her to anyone looking to get through anxiety, rough break ups or anything else that makes you feel off kilter.

Written by H.A. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and eating disorders

Heather has been a fantastic Therapist. She has helped me through all my concerns and worries about my anxiety and phobias. She understands my venting and cheers me on when I make an improvement. She let's me know I'm safe and that my thoughts are irrational and gives me techniques to offset the thinking. Shes messages back multiple times a day and in a timely manner. I would recommend her to any friend or family that is in need of someone to talk to.

Written by J.E. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Heather checks up on me even if we do not have any scheduled meetings which I appreciate and she is very nice.

Written by N.I. on Feb 10, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 1 year on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Heather was extremely helpful during my time on BetterHelp. She always intently listened to my concerns and discussed the best options that were aligned with my goals that I shared with her. I would strongly recommend Heather to even my closest friends and family. She is compassionate and understanding. I am very grateful for the time I spent on BetterHelp and especially for Heather’s assistance in strengthening my self value and helping my to grow past my struggles.

Written by A.N. on Nov 02, 2019 after counseling with Heather for 8 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I've worked with Heather for months now and with her help I'm in such a better place in my life especially mentally. I've been able to redevelop my positive outlook and mindset. And I reached numerous goals I had set most importantly being self acceptance. I definitely would not be where I am without her. She listens better than most people and gives you the tools you need to succeed. She's extremely attentive and responds in a very timely manner. Always checking in if there's an extended period of no communication. Can't say enough good things about her.

Written by J.A. on Nov 02, 2019 after counseling with Heather for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Spent years in therapy with different therapists but have made more progress working with Heather than I ever have before.

Written by C.E. on Aug 10, 2019 after counseling with Heather for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I can’t emphasize enough how amazingly helpful Heather is. She’s caring, insightful, and open-minded, and our conversations are productive every week. She’s teaching me how to be the best version of myself, and I feel fortunate to be working with her!

Written by R.A. on Jul 02, 2019 after counseling with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Heather has been unbelievably helpful in helping me with the things that I came into counseling for and even more I wasn’t aware of. She remembered, months later, why I came in and even pointed out ways in which I had grown. I’m unbelievably grateful for her and this service because this was my first time doing therapy. I have already recommended this service many times to many friends.

Written by J.O. on Apr 27, 2019 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

This is the first time I've truly felt understood by a therapist. I feel like part of that is the varied levels of communication offered by the platform, but Heather has definitely learned how to utilize the platform to the fullest potential in providing meaningful care. I am extremely grateful to her.

Written by S.A. on Apr 19, 2019 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Though I haven’t been working with heather very long, she has helped me tremendously so far. She is so unbiased and understanding. I feel completely comfortable telling her anything. I really appreciate her approach to things and she really helps me to open up. I hope to undergo serious transformations with the help of heather!

Written by H.E. on Jan 30, 2019 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Heather has made me feel safe and able to share issues that need to be worked out. Offered up different options for ways to begin changing my life one small step at a time. She is there for me any time of day in which I have reached out with a worry or current problem I needed guidance with. Love her!

Written by B.R. on Dec 24, 2018 after counseling with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Heather is an amazing therapist and is always available when I need someone to talk to.

Written by J.O. on Dec 17, 2018 after counseling with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Heather is a fantastic counselor. She never minimizes my concerns even when I think they are minimal. She is extremely patient and is just very easy to work with. She keeps you moving forward and does not let you fall back into your comfort zone. Great counselor. Would highly highly recommend.

Written by M.A. on Oct 13, 2018 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Heather is incredibly understanding and welcoming. I was very nervous and skeptical about starting this, but she's been so gentle, thorough, and amazing at helping me through the intro process. It is such a relief to have someone who listens, knows exactly what to say, and can send me the perfect resources when I need them. I feel very comfortable with Heather as my therapist and I would recommend her to anyone else in a heartbeat.

Written by E.M. on Oct 11, 2018 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

She’s the best. I wouldn’t be on my journey to being the person I want to be without her.

Written by J.E. on Oct 10, 2018 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

Heather is a perfect match for what I am going through. I am so happy that she reaches out to me throughout the week. It really helps and that feels great. I have a crazy work schedule with lots of travel and being able to have sessions -- no matter where -- gives me the therapy I could never get with traditional counseling.