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Heather Friend, LMSW, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Grief Parenting issues
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About me

Unlock the door to a brighter tomorrow—start your journey of transformation and healing with a guide who listens, understands, and walks beside you every step of the way.

Let's start a journey together where you can heal and grow stronger. I'm here to listen and help people from all kinds of backgrounds deal with life's ups and downs. Since 2011, I've been helping kids, teens, adults, and families overcome challenges like trauma, stress, big life changes, anxiety, and more.

Think of our therapy sessions as a safe place where you can share anything that's on your mind and start healing. Whether you're dealing with tough times or looking for a bit of hope and direction, I'm here to help you find your inner strength and move forward.

We'll work together to make your life better, focusing on your unique story and finding positive ways to face any challenge. You're not alone on this path to feeling whole again.

If you're ever in a crisis and need someone to talk to right away, there are hotlines and services ready to support you 24/7:


If you find yourself in a state of crisis, please contact your local crisis hotline or the following resources:

Crisis Services:
Call or text the numbers 988

1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text “TALK” to 38255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-4673

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 422-4453

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline
(800) 662-4357

Veterans Crisis Line
(800) 273-8255, PRESS 1
Text 838255

CDC National HIV and AIDS Hotline
(800) 232-4636

Professional experience

6yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Grief Parenting issues

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, Hearing Impaired, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social anxiety and phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

MI LMSW 6801117005

IL LCSW 149026353

CO LCSW CSW.09927984


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Heather Friend. 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 incredibly kind and not judgemental at all. I feel like I can be completely honest and get honest feedback that makes me feel empowered instead of weak. She seems to understand problems from the male perspective that is rare for therapists. I have found her to be helpful through some challenging times.

Written on Mar 13, 2024 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Heather is compassionate, thoughtful and insightful. i feel very comfortable exploring complex and difficult issues

Written on Mar 01, 2024 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues

Best decision ever.

Written on Feb 20, 2024 after therapy with Heather for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I feel safe with Heather. She is compassionate, knowledgeable and supportive. Whilst chat was not how I thought I would be communicating with my therapist, Heather makes it very easy and I look forward to working with her more. I have already seen some positive changes and I am excited in exploring some of the themes identified further.

Written on Feb 05, 2024 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and compassion fatigue

I had some important personal breakthroughs with Heather. Much appreciated

Written on Jan 01, 2024 after therapy with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Heather has been an extremely helpful resource in my mental health journey. She's receptive and offers great advice and/or resources. She's very good at responding to messages in a timely manner and very good at checking in between sessions. Overall, Heather has been incredibly helpful in getting my mental health back on track and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone that needs some help.

Written on Jan 01, 2024 after therapy with Heather for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, anger management, adhd, and self esteem