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.
Additional areas of focus: 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, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Co-morbidity, Communication Problems, Dissociation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Young Adult Issues
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, Internal Family Systems
IL LCSW 149.020952
Very responsive. She allows me to talk through things while also asking open ended questions that help me think more on a topic or even help me think of something in a different point of view
Written on Aug 05, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem
Ms. Michael is amazing!!!!!! She makes me feel heard. She gives me great feed back that I can use on in my life. And always respond to my messages in a timely manner. I’m really grateful I match with her! <3
Written on Jul 25, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 1 month on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and adhd
She has helped me overcome a lot of challenges. So supportive and understanding.
Written on Jul 17, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Heather is wonderful! A great listener and always helps you work out your problem(s). I always have clarity or a sense of relief after a session. Thanks Heather!!
Written on Jun 28, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
A wonderful and helpful therapist. I am glad she is helping me.
Written on Mar 11, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Heather is a great therapist! She really is an avid listener and a thoughtful responder. She makes you feel 100% comfortable about what you’re talking about and going through. She figures out how to best help you and then builds up from there. These past few months have really been helpful and I know I can go do life a lot better now. I also know that if I need to ever need a refresher or start up again that Heather will be ready and judgement free. I highly recommend her as a therapist!
Thank you Heather for all the help and knowledge you’ve given me! It has really been great talking with you and figuring myself out and learning how to deal with life better.
Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd