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-five years of experience, the therapeutic relationship is the principal reason that therapy “works” or “doesn’t work.”

My approach 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 us how to tolerate our intense feelings and how to reframe unhelpful thought patterns that keep us stuck. Life is challenging and, at times, difficult and painful. Learning how to be "comfortable being uncomfortable" gives us the skill and flexibility to ride these waves (as opposed to feeling like we're treading water or simply drowning).

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
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting 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: 24

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #100.0000017 (Expires: 2022-11-30)

LMFT #1872 (Expires: 2023-12-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Heather Koledo. 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 by F.I. on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and eating disorders

Heather is a great therapist! Truly was there for me when I needed it the most. I saw great improvements with my mental and physical health in a quick period of time.

Written by J.A. on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I have had such a positive experience with Heather. I always feel I am in a safe, non-judgemental and comfortable space during my sessions. Heather is such an attentive listener and super responsive and personable. She communicates with a lot of empathy and compassion and I can tell that she really loves what she does and truly cares. She has helped me work through anxiety, and life adjustments such as moving abroad. Having such a wealth of experience and knowledge, Heather has provided so much practical and powerful insight, as I have had so many "A-Ha!" "Lightbulb" moments during our sessions. She is always so spot on and perceptive with her guidance. She has provided tools and guidance that have helped me break out of negative thought patterns, connect with my authentic self and the greatest takeaway being just to have empathy and compassion for myself. Thank you Heather so much. I'm so grateful for your help.

Written by M.A. on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 2 years on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and bipolar disorder

Heather has been apart of my life on and off for about two years now and I can’t imagine getting through without her. She has helped me navigate through so many obstacles in a respectful and honest way. She has allowed me to grow into a stronger version of myself and I am very grateful for all that she has taught me.

I have never been lost in my entire life trying to help a family member with bipolar disorder. I’ve experience trauma from their behavior. One session I actually called Heather with my sister standing close to me going through a manic episode. She talked me through the entire thing, even having code words for when I couldn’t speak but I could listen to her.

I highly recommend Heather. Thank you for everything, you have helped me in so many ways!

Written by R.O. on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning career difficulties, and coaching

Heather is extremely on point with her feedback, analysis, and intuition. She offers both a refreshing and sturdy landing pad.

Written by E.R. on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning addictions

Heather has helped me in counselling over the course of almost two years which have truly been life-changing in the most positive sense! She combines extensive experience with an open, understanding and supportive style. She is a wonderful listener with an acute sense of when to intervene, ask instructive questions as well as being able to lend a guiding hand and heart to the counselling process. Because of her superior abilities as a therapist, I have personally been able to progress to the point where I can now take a break from counselling, having translated what we have talked about over several weeks and months into my everyday life, habits and actions. This simply would not have been possible without Heather's remarkable input. I recommend her wholeheartedly!

Written by S.A. on Jan 04, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Heather offers a very safe, yet honest space to explore my experiences and needs. I recommend BetterHelp to everyone I know.

Written by A.L. on Nov 26, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Heather is an amazing therapist and has been nothing but helpful along my journey. She has a special way of communicating with me as an individual and I have a feeling she alters her style to best bit the individual. Her knowledge covers a vast range of topics and there has not been a single subject mater this far where she has not been able to give sound advice. I have nothing but good things to say about Heather and have extreme respect and gratitude for her work. In my opinion she should be the prime example of what any great therapist should strive to be.

Written by T.A. on Oct 23, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Heather has been a great therapist to me. She helped me see things in different lenses and helped analyse the issues in hand, while always providing a nurturing and safe environment for me to grow and move ahead with my life.

Written by D.E. on Jul 29, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Heather is an absolutely wonderful person, let alone therapist. She genuinely listens and hears what I am saying; she provides legitimate and grounded advice. I have made great strides in healing my mental health and providing a really great foundation for my future mental health. She has helped me with my anxiety, stress, and trauma stemming from sexual abuse and family relationships. Overall, I would highly suggest working with Heather.

Written by M.E. on Jun 09, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Heather Koledo is the best therapist I’ve ever spoken with, hands-down! She is very supportive and knows all the right questions to get to the root of the matter. She’s helped me immensely over the past few months and I am very grateful to her!

Written by M.E. on May 26, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

So very helpful. A combination of emotional and practical advice. I feel very heard.

Written by E.V. on Apr 23, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Very easy to connect listens and redirects as needed. Holds you accountable.

Written by S.H. on Mar 08, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Heather is warm and encouraging yet firm and unwavering in her ability to gently hold me accountable in my times of weakness. She is accepting of who I am but unafraid of flipping my thoughts upside down so I can see them more clearly. She is a wonderful therapist.

Written by D.A. on Feb 03, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Heather is fantastic. She offers a comfortable, safe space to explore mental health. I have struggled many years (some unknowingly) with anxiety, some depression, and establishing proper coping mechanisms due to both life circumstances and biology.

I had tried in-person therapy via free services offered with law school--they were fortunately very passionate about the importance of mental health! However, I was unable to make the sessions with my schedule, and then with the pandemic. I finally decided to try online therapy as I was struggling coping with bar exam study stress. It was the best decision I made in 2020. (Also, I passed!)

I entered 2021 with the same mental health issues -- they don't necessarily go away. But they change, they don't take over my day, I understand them now. Heather helped me to stand back and offer a different perspectives for these feelings. I now am better able to respond versus react to certain feelings. I differentiate between anxious and non-anxious thoughts and feelings. It is a super power in many ways.

I also was able to analyze and reassess certain coping habits. I've ditched some less healthy ones, moved them to the recreational realm they belong in, and am replacing with better habits I enjoy. Running became my other super power. Heather reminded me to be patient with and kind to myself during these changes -- often multiple times because it isn't always easy or comfortable.

While I'll likely need to continue practicing these different skills throughout life, I know I can do it. I have a stronger mindset to handle it. I'll likely see her less often, but definitely will continue to. But I think everyone should have a therapist, with the frequency of visits being the only variable.

Written by C.A. on Jan 28, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coaching

I feel so comfortable with Heather, mores than any counselor I've had before. She is very down to earth and it feels very natural to talk to her. She is also very knowledgeable in areas like mindfulness and meditation, will often state research findings related to what we are talking about based on recent research, and seems to know a lot about topics that come up. However, she doesn't BS; if she doesn't know something, she will tell you. Also, she is really real with you while also being gentle. Can't recommend Heather enough. So glad I joined Better Help and that I've met her!

Written by L.I. on Dec 02, 2020 after therapy with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Heather is a wonderful mentor that has encouraged me to simply be present - if you are, you aren't missing anything. Overthinking, overanalyzing and trying to get over that 'stuck' feeling are some of the challenges that Heather has helped me to bring to light and work on. I can be myself and have felt that since the beginning -- especially being over a virtual platform.

Written by D.A. on Sep 16, 2020 after therapy with Heather for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

I found Heathers’s insights extremely helpful - particularly around the issues of brain v mind and the role of mindfulness in managing CPTSD and an overly active amygdala. I also found her kind words and sense of humor reassuring. Heather challenged me when I needed challenging, and supported me when I needed a boost.

Written by B.R. on Sep 16, 2020 after therapy with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

The best thing about Heather is that she always makes sure I feel heard and safe. She is very attentive and remembers even small details from our previous sessions. She offers wonderful coping mechanisms and helps me change the way I tend to think to be more positive, healthy, and effective. I find Heather to be a wonderful therapist and confidant for not only my major problems, but also my smaller day-to-day stressors.

Written by B.E. on Jun 05, 2020 after therapy 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 therapy 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 Z.A. on Apr 07, 2020 after therapy 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 therapy 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.

Work with me!