Heather Michael

(MSW, LCSW, CADC)
Therapist Heather Michael Photo

About Me

Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I obtained my Master's degree and I am currently pursuing my doctorate at Aurora University. I works with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents dealing with a variety of problem areas including Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma, and coping skills. my clients describe my personal style as kind, caring, insightful, thought-provoking, and as utilizing a sense of humor.

I have a passion for working with people, and helping them cope with, adjust to, and overcome the difficulties life can bring. I provide emotional support and professional guidance that will help clients move forward and grow.

In therapy, I offer a safe space in which you can experience trust, acceptance, and genuine positive regard. My approach toward therapy is tailored to each client's individual needs. I may use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational Therapy, and Solution-Focused therapy as I work with you to find the best path for you to reach your goals.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #149.020952 (Expires: 2023-11-30)


Reviews

Written by C.L. on Dec 03, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and grief

This was my first time doing any sort of therapy and Heather has been great at making me feel comfortable and like I could talk to her about anything. In just a short time she has helped me tremendously to regain some sense of control over my thoughts and emotions and gently nudge me back in the right direction.

Written by D.E. on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

heather is the best. I feel like I’m venting but receiving encouragement afterwards from heather afterwards gives me the confidence to adjust my thinking. I would definitely recommend to anyone in need of encouragement and uplifting

Written by C.A. on Oct 31, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

I feel comfortable with her so far

Written by L.E. on Sep 24, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I have been in therapy for many years. I have a hard time finding a therapist at this point because I am pretty self-aware. I really enjoy working with Heather. Sometimes she pauses like she can see I have a thought, and just her attentiveness leads me to uncover the next thing I want to look at. I feel that Heather makes good eye contact, listens closely, and asks questions that actually make me think. I feel she is humble as a practitioner and fully respects what I have to say/share. Usually, it takes me a while to open up, but I already feel comfortable working with her and we've only had three sessions. One of my main goals in working with a therapist this time was to have a place to land and release stuck emotions and I feel I can do that in our sessions.

Written by J.O. on Sep 22, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Heather has a knack for gently providing just the advice you need to hear. She guides you through exploration of difficult topics with care and without judgement, creating a genuinely safe space to work through things. Over our time together, I've discussed issues I don't often open up about, explored difficult feelings and experiences from the past, and made some important life decisions, all with Heather's help. It is no exaggeration to say that her counsel has had a major positive effect on my overall well-being.

Written by J.I. on Aug 17, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Heather has been very responsive. She listens well. Her email prompts have been helpful. I feel the support from her.

Written by R.O. on Aug 12, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Great help getting through it all, recommend :)

Written by L.A. on Aug 10, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I find Heather’s questions to provide a new perspective and I truly appreciate them. Very thought provoking!

Written by R.E. on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Heather has been fantastic. In a short time she has offered such great support, asked thoughtful and helpful questions to spark my own self discovery and healing, and has lent her expertise by giving me new language to describe things I’m experiencing. I highly recommend her!

Written by R.A. on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and adhd

She is so sweet and very reassuring!

Written by E.L. on Jul 16, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Heather is extremely respectful and honest. I don't know what it is about her, but I feel like I can tell her anything! Even after just one session, she has already untangled so many mental knots that I couldn't do by myself.

Written by G.I. on Apr 27, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Heather has been very easy to open up to and talk with about difficult issues in my life. She is a good listener and responsive to my messages. In just a short time talking with her I've been able to mostly move past focusing on surface level issues and begin working at deeper rooted issues. The journal and messaging features have been very useful when combined with our talk sessions during the week!

Written by M.I. on Apr 09, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

Heather has been extremely attentive to my messages. She helps verify how I’ve been feeling but also try’s to maintain a way of being positive. I see how she constantly tries to remind me of how things could be better and and helps me try to understand things.

I say this because I don’t deserve how good she is. I often feel bad because I think it’s just me not taking the advice. But I want to say I do appreciate her trying and helping me get through what I’m going through.

In all I respect and admire what she does. Again, I believe it’s just me. But she has been very helpful so far.