Heather Anderson, LPC

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Heather Anderson, Therapist, Inner Courage Counseling

I want to be honest with you, admitting that you or a loved one may need help can be scary! You have probably thought about reaching out for support many times before going to Google, looking up your options, and ending up right here, right now, reading my bio. I am proud of you for taking these first steps towards getting the help you need. However, you may still have some reservations about taking the next step and setting up an appointment with a therapist, and that’s okay! I believe that knowledge is power, and I hope I can ease some of your concerns by sharing who I am and what I do with you.

Hello! My name is Heather Anderson (pronouns: she/her/hers), and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. I earned my Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in children and adolescents from Benedictine University in 2018. The reason I chose this program in particular because it emphasized a humanistic approach called Person-Centered Therapy.

At their core, a person-centered therapist believes that every person is unique, and therefore every therapeutic relationship must be unique as well. I always mention this at some point during my first session with any client I work with as a way of letting you know that your therapeutic experience is your therapeutic experience and no one else’s. In other words, what works for you may not work for someone else, and vice versa. As such, I tailor the different therapeutic approaches I use to each client.

Speaking of clients, I work with a wide range of individuals! While I specialized in child and adolescent therapy during school, in practice, I have found that I am also passionate about working with adults and members of the LGBTQ+ community. These clients seek help for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Experiencing life transitions such as starting a new job, moving, getting married, having a child, getting a divorce, or loss.
  • Stress caused by situations at work or school, relationships with family, friends, or your partner, and communication issues.
  • Learning coping skills for symptoms of DSM-5 diagnoses like ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, or PTSD.

If you would like more information about each of the populations I work with, please continue reading!

Adolescent Counseling

“People have so much going on in their heads.”

-Billie Eilish

Adolescence is a critical developmental period in any young person’s life. So much so, that it’s broken down into three stages: early adolescence, middle adolescence, and late adolescence. In early adolescence, puberty strikes, and with it comes issues related to self-esteem, which will likely stick around through the rest of the adolescent stages. Next, middle adolescence brings with it a desire for independence which often causes rifts between adolescents and their parents or guardians as their relationships with friends becomes more and more important. Finally, late adolescence offers a firmer understanding of one’s own identity, but an adolescent must endure the many changes brought on by the previous stages to get to that point.

Adult Counseling

“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”

-Mr. Fred Rogers

Take a moment to think about all the things you do in a day. Although everyone’s daily routines differ, most include waking up, working, eating, sleeping, and repeating. In between these necessities, your days likely include countless other activities like cooking, running errands, cleaning, paying bills, and caring for your children. Now, think about the amount of time you make for yourself. Does this happen daily? Weekly? Monthly? Not at all? Adults often put their responsibilities ahead of themselves, and, as a result, there may be adverse effects on one’s overall wellness, which may impact social, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, and physical wellbeing.

LGBTQ+ Support

“Own who you are and celebrate it.”

-RuPaul

As a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community in both my personal and professional life, I am passionate about helping all LGBTQ+ individuals who fall into the populations mentioned above: children, adolescents, and adults. If you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual or if you are Questioning, I would like you to know that I offer a safe and supportive space where you are not only welcome but celebrated for being yourself.

Perhaps you are facing challenges that are unique to the LGBTQ+ community, such as sexual identity issues, gender identity issues, and coming out. Maybe you are encountering other problems that are impacting your mental health, such as bullying, depression, and anxiety. Or it could be a combination of both. In addition, I am open to working with family members and friends of LGBTQ+ individuals who may benefit from learning more about the LGBTQ+ community.

Online Therapy Services

Heather is currently ONLY offering online counseling services until further notice. Utilizing our HIPAA compliant platform, Heather brings therapy to you in the safety of your home. When working issues such as E-Learning anxiety, family disruption, depression and behavior issues, the comfort of your home may be the best place to meet with Heather to achieve the therapy goals you are looking to gain. This is where online virtual counseling becomes an additional asset for her to clinically work with you.

Insurance

Heather is in network with the following insurance plans:

Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO

Cigna



1754 N. Washington St Suite 104A
Naperville, IL 60563

info@innercouragecounselingllc.com
630.995.3193
"When getting in touch with someone to find a therapist I was emailed by Stacy Ramirez, she was very kind and helpful which was appreciated because I have never seen a therapist so I was unsure of the process. I had my first session with Beth Halterman, she made sure to introduce herself before the first session which i thought was very sweet because I was a bit nervous about seeking a therapist to begin with and seeing someone face to face for the first time without having ever spoken before would have made me a bit more nervous."
January 25, 2021
"When getting in touch with someone to find a therapist I was emailed by Stacy Ramirez, she was very kind and helpful which was appreciated because I have never seen a therapist so I was unsure of the process. I had my first session with Beth Halterman, she made sure to introduce herself before the first session which i thought was very sweet because I was a bit nervous about seeking a therapist to begin with and seeing someone face to face for the first time without having ever spoken before would have made me a bit more nervous."
January 24, 2021
"Inner Courage Counseling has a lovely building that's warm and clean. My counselor was so good that when she started at Inner Courage I moved practices so I could stay with her. I would absolutely recommended them to anyone seeking counseling."
December 14, 2019
"I have always been hesitant about counseling especially when it involves my daughter. But I have to say Brittany Roback is absolutely amazing. My daughter has been seeing Brittany for about 6 months now and I have seen great improvements. Just after the first session I saw my daughter using skills Brittany had shown her. Brittany has always made sure to make my daughter and myself feel comfortable. My daughter sees it as a safe place when she sees Brittany."
December 12, 2019
"Inner Courage Counseling has really been there for me from the moment I first called and they continue to be. I have always struggled to find a counselor that I mesh well with and one that creates an environment that I feel encouraged to dedicate time for myself. I’ve learned things about myself that I never knew before and I’m excited because I know I will continue to. I truly feel like I am growing in a positive way after each session. That’s both exciting and encouraging for me."
January 5, 2021 #2
"I have been able to make tremendous leaps in my life thanks to the counseling I have received at Inner Courage Counseling. My issues and feelings feel heard and overall my life would not be the same without the help and guidance of my counselors."
January 5, 2021
"Yessica was great, I felt very heard and understood. I am excited to continue to work with her."
December 10, 2020
"Melanie has been very open and personable. She listens well and makes me feel like I am in a safe and shame free environment."
December 9, 2020