Oftentimes along our life’s journey we need extra support for the difficulties that are presented to us. Heather Parente provides empathy, warmth, and compassion to her clients and their struggles, and to help them develop a state and feeling of well-being in a safe environment. Heather believes in providing a whole-person, humanistic approach to help people heal their mind, body, and spirit.
Heather Parente is a National Certified Counselor. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) from Lenoir Rhyne Graduate Studies in Asheville, North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education from Michigan State University. Heather utilizes techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, energy psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), art therapy, Gestalt, transpersonal psychology, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.
Heather has enjoyed helping diverse groups of people in many settings for years, both in volunteer situations and professionally. Traveling extensively and being a part of interesting life experiences have all shaped Heather’s love for people. She has worked with homeless populations and at psychiatric hospitals, as well as in school settings as a Special Education teacher for ages 3-12. Teaching people with special needs eventually led her to pursue her advanced CMHC degree to get more to the “root” of people’s life challenges. Throughout her career, Heather has worked with various ages and populations clinically to help people who have been part of in-patient, residential, and the outpatient community mental health settings.
Heather works with individuals experiencing weight issues, fears and phobias, panic attacks, self-esteem, stress, trauma, assertiveness, perfectionism, depression, social anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse and recovery, issues of race and multiculturalism, individual development, women’s issues, and new mother challenges. She also has experience with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, gender identity, suicidal ideation, life transitions, holistic health, trauma, relationships, spirituality, grief and loss, PTSD, personality disorders, and schizophrenia.
She helps children and adolescents with issues such as cutting/self-injury, school issues, body image, effects of divorce, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and self-worth, assertiveness training, family communication, step-family issues, social and relationship problems.
Heather helps couples with communication, boundaries, conflict resolution, blended families, emotional affairs, parenting, affair recovery, dating issues, attachment issues and disorders, divorce and divorce recovery.
Heather has several professional affiliations such as American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).Reach out to Heather for your free initial consultation today at 970-227-2770!