Hello! My name is Heather Wheeler and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Oregon and Texas. I hold a Master's of Science degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman's University. I have experience with trauma counseling, sexual abuse, family and relationship violence, parenting, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation, among others.
At Healing heARTS Counseling LLC, I focus on utilizing art and sandtray therapy techniques, to help clients who feel stuck with talk therapy or who want a more in-depth, creative experience. If you are not interested in art or sandtray therapy, and prefer a more traditional type of counseling, I will work with you to meet your goals in this way as well.
I generally accept clients ages 12 and up.
While I use many techniques from various counseling perspectives, the core perspective I share common beliefs with is Person-Centered Therapy. I believe all people to be unique and have good intentions; however, positive characteristics and healthy lifestyles can become obscured by strong defense mechanisms and painful experiences. Each individual has their own experiences in the world that no one else has had, and I value those experiences. I also believe that each individual’s culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference and family structure influence how they think, feel and respond to events. I accept and value all individuals without judgment, criticism or influence. I allow you as the client to lead sessions as I provide a safe, comfortable environment.