Heather Powers, LICSW, SEP has joined Sound Mindfulness Group after more than a decade as a therapist in Washington, DC. Most recently she spent 5 years at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, an outstanding grief and trauma healing organization working with an enormous cross-section of the DC community. Her specialized skills include working with adults who have experienced intimate partner abuse / domestic violence as adults and/or as children. For 7 years she worked alongside lawyers, case managers, and other therapists to support survivors of abuse. She graduated from the University of Chicago with her masters in social work in 2004 and completed the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute’s qualifications in 2009, becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Supporting those healing from trauma, grief, and distress is all within Heather’s experience. Her clients have frequently dealt with depression, anxiety, anger, avoidance, physiological symptoms, and self injurious beliefs or behaviors. She observes and engages the body’s felt sense to promote psycho-physiological health and transformation with compassion, hope, and a belief in possibility, Heather practices psychotherapy by supporting people in finding their inner resilience to achieve growth. Her intrinsic belief in healing enables her to hold hope and possibility for her clients and to support them as they grow in their strength and capacity to hold these for themselves.
ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE FROM HEATHER...
I believe that when we heal in our lives, we move from the fixity of icy stuckness into the flexibility of flowing streams- ones that figure out their ways around the inevitable rocks. We all thaw out differently; dance, friendships, and laughter lead my own resources and I am fascinated by supporting people in accessing theirs. My therapeutic style includes imagery (can you tell?), humor (or as close to it as I can get), patience, warmth, curiosity and exploration- of both strengths and vulnerabilities. As a fellow traveler, I believe that change can happen. If you are curious, let us walk down this part of your life’s journey together. It would be an honor to do so.
Therapy issues that Heather commonly handles include trauma, grief, and distress. Her clients have frequently dealt with depression, anxiety, anger, avoidance, physiological symptoms, and self injurious beliefs or behaviors.