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: 2021-02-28)


Reviews

Written by M.E. on Jan 21, 2021 after counseling with Heather for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Heather is a great listener. She has a talent for drawing out the real issue and helping you figure out how to more forward. She has really helped me.

Written by L.I. on Dec 02, 2020 after counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 S.A. on Aug 18, 2020 after counseling with Heather for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

I really enjoyed working with Heather. She is friendly and supportive and asks really great questions! She helped me get to the bottom of some of the biggest challenges I face in my life. I think the world of her and would 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 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.