Heather Koledo

(LMFT)

About Me

I’m excited to get to know you better! In the meantime, here’s a little about me, and my professional experience and training.

I think one of the biggest challenges, after taking that first brave step of reaching out, is to find a good therapist that you connect with. In my twenty-plus years of experience, the therapeutic relationship is the principal reason that therapy “works” or “doesn’t work.”

My therapeutic style focuses on first developing a strong therapeutic alliance in which you feel emotionally safe and heard without judgment. You’ve already come to the conclusion that something in your life is not working, and my task is to help you to identify the ways in which you’d like things to be different. From there, together we can create realistic, achievable goals that support those changes and move you toward the life that you deserve.

I have a large repertoire of strategies and interventions, which include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, and motivational interviewing. Producing insights, strategies, and tools that you can use immediately is my goal for every interaction with you.

I have extensive experience in trauma, anxiety, relationship issues (adult as well as parent-child), substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. I have found that many people experiencing trauma or anxiety are helped by a combination of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. This teaches them how to tolerate their intense feelings and how to reframe unhelpful thought patterns that keep them stuck.

On a personal note, I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Vermont since 1997. I have worked in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health centers, where I have worked as both therapist and clinical supervisor; university training clinics; private residential treatment facilities; and a successful private practice. I have worked with individuals, couples, families, groups, and with children of all ages.

When I’m not helping people, I can be found on the golf course or outdoors, which I enjoy with my partner and my mostly-good dog, Hero. I look forward to working with you and helping you to make the changes you desire.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy

Years of Experience: 22

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #100.0000017 (Expires: 2020-11-30)

Other #EL01931 (Expires: 2020-11-30)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Heather is incredibly helpful. She asks great questions and helps me re-frame the challenges I face. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone.

Written by M.A. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and bipolar disorder

Heather is a great counselor. She always provides me with the information that I need. I am very grateful for all of her advice with my family matters. She is always helping see a different and necessary perspective of my issues. I highly recommend Heather!

Written by B.E. on Jun 05, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and anger management

Heather is an understanding and insightful counselor. She is patient, funny and down to earth. I’m grateful for her assistance and I’m glad I met her. Thank you Heather.

Written by J.A. on Jun 05, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Heather is amazing! She is not your typical therapist, she digs deep, sheds light on emotions that you didn't think was there. It makes you think and start wanting to take action towards a better self!

Written by M.E. on May 07, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Very knowledgeable and caring. Non-judgmental. She also offers a variety practical advice to help find real solutions to problems.

Written by E.R. on Apr 25, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions

Heather Koledo is an experienced, compassionate and highly effective counsellor. She listens carefully, intercedes at appropriate moments with helpful questions that get to the root of any issue and knows how to encourage realistic goals for self-improvement in those she counsels. I recommend her wholeheartedly.

Written by Z.A. on Apr 07, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues

Heather is a thoughtful and knowledgeable counselor. I know she has my best intentions in mind and has helped me become a better person.

Written by M.I. on Feb 05, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

She’s very down to earth and helps to support you while also helping you understand the reality of the situations that you are in.