Heather Harward, LMFT
Our family relationships shape how we relate to others and the lens though which we view and interact with the world. When those relationships have been abusive or hurtful, symptoms of anxiety, depression, perpetually unhealthy relationships, and substance abuse can be the result. As an EMDR clinician, Heather specializes in PTSD and trauma, with a special interest in relational trauma from childhood abuse and neglect. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Heather also has been trained in Ego State work, utilizing the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS). The DNMS is a gentle, multidimensional, comprehensive, strengths-based, client-centered, ego-state therapy developed by Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC. It helps heal childhood trauma and attachment wounds by meeting the needs of wounded child parts to help them get unstuck from the past.
Heather also specializes in Lifespan Integration, which is a gentle, body-based treatment modality, that heals trauma without re-traumatizing. It has been shown to be helpful in a number of treatment issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, attachment disorders, grief, guilt and shame, anger management, and many others.
Another significant treatment modality Heather utilizes is called The BLAST Technique®. "Neuroscience research shows that structures in the right side/hemisphere of the brain are overactive and acting as if there is an immediate threat in sufferers of PTSD and trauma. The BLAST Technique® utilizes precise bi-lateral movements with a light pen (which helps the memory access the left side/hemisphere of the brain) and specific suggestions to the client which helps reprocess the traumatic event so they understand what happened and can remember, but it no longer has any physical or emotional response."
Before going into private practice, Heather spent 6 years working at Weber Human services, where she specialized in addiction treatment and recovery, with a special focus on trauma, domestic violence, and women’s issues. In addition, Heather received special training in several evidence-based groups focusing on trauma and substance abuse including, Seeking Safety and Matrix. She has enjoyed her work immensely and is passionate about what she does.
Heather was born and raised in Utah and loves the beauty of the mountains that surround this valley. She is married to her wonderful husband, Jeff and has two beautiful daughters who bring her joy and keep her grounded. She loves hiking, camping, and spending time with her family.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist license #7779095-3902
Heather received her Bachelors of Science in Family, Consumer, and Human Development from Utah State University. She liked it so much that she went on to get her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State as well.
Heather has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, a modality of therapy designed to help people move through ambivalence and increase desire and confidence in their ability to change. Heather also redesigned and implemented a substance abuse curriculum for the family education group at Weber Human Services that she facilitated for 6 years.
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