Hello, I am Heather Scarbrough. I have a Bachelors in Psychology, Bachelors in Family & Human Development, and a Masters of Advanced Study in Marriage and Family. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) that works with children ages 3 and up, individuals, couples, and families.
In my undergraduate studies I tutored youth in underprivileged communities. I also volunteered at a daycare for a women’s shelter. In 2014 I was an intern clinician at La Frontera, working with children, adults, and families. In 2014 I concurrently interned at a private practice, Arizona Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic, working with individual adults and couples. In 2015 I began working for Jewish Family & Childrens Services (JFCS), where I also become trained in A-CRA, DBT and EMDR therapy. In my 4 years at JFCS I served as a clinician, a CMDP intake specialist, interim clinical manager, and Clinical Manager for the Child Crisis Hospitalization Team (CCHT). In May 2019 I transitioned to the role of Trauma Specialist at StreetLightUSA. There I served as the clinical director and primary therapist where I created and implemented policies and procedures, trainings, programming, and therapeutic curriculums for the opening of their new Behavioral Health Residential Facility for adolescent females at risk of or confirmed victims of commercial sexual exploitation (i.e., sex trafficking). I supervised staff providing services to residents and personally provided intensive group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy services to clients and their families.
I became a therapist for BetterHelp in April of 2020 to expand my experience using a telehealth platform while we were restricted from in-person therapy services during the peak of the COVID pandemic. I have found in being a provider for BetterHelp how we are making services so much more accessible and plan to continue being a provider here for years in the future.
I approach therapy from a use of multiple modalities in order to provide my clients an individualized approach that best fits their needs, versus a one-size-fits-all approach. I utilize empathy throughout our sessions, but there are times I may need to be directive and challenge my clients to try something new in order to help them reach their goals. I also may utilize humor when appropriate to relate to my clients and lighten our sessions, however you can be sure that I take our sessions very seriously. I will assign homework to be completed in between live sessions, in order for us to take what we discussed during live sessions and put it in action. This helps you to regularly practice coping skills, changes in thought patterns, or other items that we are working on to help you reach your treatment goals.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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Heather has been one of the best blessings I’ve had in my life and BetterHelp has also helped me in so many ways. Heather is invaluable to my healing and mental health journey.
Written on Oct 26, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse
Heather is amazing, she’s been very supportive and is an active listener. She helped me find my voice and speak up to set boundaries in my marriage. She’s one of a kind and an amazing mother!!
Written on Apr 26, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Heather is wonderful, she’s extremely knowledgeable and a very genuine person. She gave me that extra push to make difficult decisions and provided endless support. 10/10 recommend :)
Written on Jan 04, 2023 after therapy with Heather for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching
Heather is absolutely amazing. She is so easy to talk to and does a great job at helping you change your perspective. She also can tell when you just need someone to listen or you need clear advice and recommendations. I will forever appreciate how much she's helped me take care of myself.
Written on Jul 15, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion
She is simply amazing! I can be real with her! I feel like I am talking to a friend and that makes me more confident in her!
Written on Jun 27, 2022 after therapy with Heather for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Heather is amazing
Written on Jun 20, 2021 after therapy with Heather for 4 months