I first entered private practice in 2016. Prior to this, I worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient mental health clinics, public schools, universities, residential treatment centers, medical rehabilitation programs, and correctional facilities. I also have experience conducting individual, family and group therapy, psychological assessments, and psychological research and consultation. Entering private practice has allowed me an opportunity to integrate these diverse experiences.
My educational background includes a Bachelor's in Psychology and Health from Northwest Missouri State University, a Master's in Clinical Counseling from Grace University, and a Master's in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University. I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the State of Nebraska. I am also the only Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP) in Nebraska and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
I currently see clients ranging in age and struggling with a variety of presenting concerns, however I specialize in working with adolescents and college students. I understand that growing up is hard, and I enjoy walking through this often difficult phase of life with my clients! I often see individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, impulsivity, decision-making, poor problem solving, academic difficulties, and general behavioral concerns. My previous experiences as a counselor in high school and university settings have fostered this passion and led me to emphasize working with this population in my current practice.
I also work a great deal with individuals who have had experience in the legal system, as well as their families who are also significantly impacted by this experience. I have worked as a therapist in correctional facilities for juveniles and adults, am the only Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider in Nebraska, and have obtained a second graduate degree in Criminal Justice to further my knowledge with working with individuals with these experiences.
What Therapy with Heather Looks Like:
I strive to establish a collaborative relationship with my clients to develop the best individualized plan for addressing their presenting concerns. During your first session, your goals for therapy are discussed, as well as various barriers that have created difficulty in accomplishing these goals in the past. Subsequent sessions focus on practical steps to help you achieve positive change. I am very relaxed and easy-going with my style of therapy, however, so if other stressors arise throughout the course of your week, I am open to discussing these things as well! With children and adolescents, I often play games or color with the clients as we talk to help ease some of the "awkwardness" clients may experience simply sitting across from someone. My primary focus in working with my clients is to be a support and advocate through their journeys, and I am open to feedback from my clients to help them in this process in a way that best fits their needs.
What People Are Saying:
I have been described as relatable, nonjudgmental, and authentic in my practice. I firmly believe that good rapport between a clinician and client is imperative for therapy to be effective, so I place an emphasis on developing a relationship with my clients. As I regularly work with adolescents and young adults, I also have a professional presence on various social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - @hjacksonlimhp). The following testimonials have also been provided:
"Heather is an amazing person and she was easy to open up too. She has done an amazing job working with my kids and family. I'm very appreciative of her and her support!"
"If you're looking for a provider that can relate to your teen and understands the pressures they are facing from school issues, to peer pressure, to social media, then Heather is the provider for you!"
"Amazingly wonderful with my son! He loves her, looks forward to seeing her, and we know she’s helping!"
"If you are looking for an open minded and down to earth therapist. She is the one for you."
"Laid back, non judgmental, caring therapist who has already changed the lives of several of my clients. Would definitely recommend Heather!"