Heather Gunderson

LMFT

About me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Illinois who helps people who are struggling emotionally, socially, and relationally. Everyone goes through challenges and conflicts in life and it can be frustrating to know when and where to get help. I can help with those struggles so that you can create real and lasting change.

My approach with my clients is thoughtfully direct and relational. I have been in practice for 26 years and have experience helping with anxiety, depression, divorce, self esteem, relational issues, developmental transitional issues, parent-child issues, behavior issues, and academic issues. As a systemic therapist, I am focused on both the client's needs and the dynamics of the systems they are involved in to better assess and address potential issues and resolutions.

Working through life's challenges can be overwhelming. Starting counseling can be a positive first step toward changing your life. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 28

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LMFT 166.000646


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Heather Gunderson. 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.

Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I’m glad to have connected with Heather. She provides a safe space for me to process and develop. She takes the time to break down barriers and get to a space of true understanding. She is clearly passionate about the work and genuine in the care she provides. I appreciate how she was direct and thoughtful in her responses. I would recommend her to anyone who is ready to start therapy.

Written on Oct 01, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Awesome therapist. She really listens and cares.

Written on Aug 22, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Helpful, insightful.

Written on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Heather listens and provides things i have never considered. Its helping me to understand myself and my family dynamics.

Written on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning depression, and relationship issues

Heather is by far the best therapist with whom I have ever worked. She takes the time to understand my situation and engages with me on my level, intellectually and emotionally. I always feel like I am progressing on my self-help after speaking to Heather and am very appreciative that I got paired with her.

Written on Feb 22, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She is the best therapist I have talked to. I feel grateful to have met someone amazing like her.

Written on Dec 27, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, and self esteem

I have never felt more aligned with a therapist than I do with Heather. She sees me underneath all the layers I’ve piled on myself year after year. And she’s slowly helping me pull them off in a way I feel comfortable with.
Her weekly homework assignments are so relevant and timely and helpful. And I look forward to our sessions every week because I know I have a safe space to share my inner thoughts and feelings with no judgment.
Therapy is the best gift I have given myself this year and I think the reason for that is I found someone that I feel so comfortable with.

Written on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues

Heather has been a lifeline to me so far during a very difficult time in my life. She is compassionate, knowledgeable, and very direct which I appreciate. I don’t trust or feel comfortable with many people, but I feel safe and cared for speaking with her. I feel stronger and more empowered working with her, and we’ve only had two sessions. I look forward to continued growth working with her!

Written on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Rally enjoyed talking to Heather !

Work with me!