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Heather Dumas, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Depression Coping with life changes
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Are you struggling to cope with your emotions?

Has life been really stressful lately?

I can help!

My name is Heather and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. My past experience includes over 15 years of working in community mental health, and I also have experience as a school based counselor. I operate from a strengths based and person centered approach, and believe that everyone can grow and improve their life, regardless of their circumstances. Though I primarily use interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I adapt my approach to meet the needs of my clients. I believe it is important to look forward toward solutions, rather than focusing on issues from the past. My specialties include treating children and adolescents, as well as adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and doing puzzles. With three children as well as 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 donkeys, and a flock of chickens, my family stays pretty busy. Our favorite things to do together are spending time outside as well as playing soccer and board games. I believe that spending time in nature is very important for mental health, and I try to make this a priority for my family.

**Please note, I am only able to offer phone and live chat messaging sessions at this time, and do not currently offer video sessions.

Professional experience

19yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Family Problems, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

VA LPC 0701008900


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Heather Dumas. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Heather is exceptionally kind, understanding, and truly willing to listen. She is so creatively offered me genuine support and provided me with strategies that were manageable.

Written on Oct 01, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and self esteem

Heather is kind and listens well. I appreciate her open and understanding attitude as well as her adapting to my preferences for chat over video.

Written on Dec 23, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, eating disorders, and parenting issues

Heather has drastically helped me in the short time I’ve been working with her.

Written on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Heather is a wonderful therapist! She is kind and understanding. She has really helped me gain a new perspective on my anxiety and panic. I am so grateful to have found Heather and BetterHelp and would recommend it to anyone!

Written on May 22, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

Love her so much :)

Written on May 02, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Heather has been great at helping me make progress on identifying my feelings and being more assertive. She asks questions that bring to light things about myself I knew but haven't been able to vocalize. She is easy to talk to and I always feel better after our sessions

Written on Feb 16, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues