Heather O'Donnell

Counselor Summary

Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor who combines her education, experience and passion when working with each individual client/family. She received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She takes a client centered approach and develops an individualized plan with her clients to work effectively in resolving disturbances or maintaining mental health. Heather has an excellent ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with each of her clients. She encourages, supports, educates and provides a safe and comfortable environment to share difficult life experiences.

Heather utilizes several therapeutic models including cognitive behavior therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy, and integrates each therapy or model as needed in the best interests of each client. She is aware there is no “one size fits all” therapeutic orientation. Heather listens carefully to her clients to understand exactly what her clients need and engages them in choosing a methodology that is comfortable for them. Adults, young adults, adolescents and families have benefited from Heather’s unique ability to meet the client where they are and to provide support, encouragement, and accountability along the way. Heather enjoys working with motivated individuals who are ready (or nearly ready) to embark on life changing work.

Heather has years of experience working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, grief and loss and other serious mental health conditions. Heather has worked effectively with foster and birth parents, adoptive parents, children and adolescents within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Additionally, she has several years’ experience working with incarcerated individuals. Heather understands the impact of mental health disorders on the family unit and has worked to help families understand and embrace the unique needs of those with serious mental health issues.

Client Focus

  • Adolescents 13+

  • Adult and Young Adult Individuals

  • Couples

 

Education

  • Liberty University, Master of Professional Counseling (2010)

 

Clinical Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Attachment Theories

 

 
 

Specialties

  • Women’s issues

  • Men’s issues

  • PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Attachment issues

  • Foster Care and Adoption Issues

  • Attachment and Parenting

  • Grief and Loss

  • Adolescent Concerns