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  • Heather Anderson, LPC

    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.
    Adolescents/Teens – 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.

     

    Adults – 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.

    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 offering online counseling services.  She is also working with clients in-person, at our Naperville Location, with minimal availability. For virtual sessions, 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:
    Aetna
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO
    Cigna

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