Getting to Know Heather
Heather spent the first half of her career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) after graduating from the University of Arizona. When she wasn’t working with numbers, she spent her time speaking into the lives of adults, teenagers, and tweens. At first, choosing to retire from three decades as a CPA in order to pursue a career as a counselor seemed a daunting prospect. However, it was through her son, Cade, and the song Real Right Now by Ryan Caraveo that gave her the courage to leap into obtaining a Masters in Counseling from Amberton University. The lyrics, “I’d rather take a whole no, than a half yes, take failed leaps over half steps,” resonated deep within her. Falling on her face was certainly a possibility and in fact, it’s an eventuality when one’s feet continually leave the ground but leaping is how Heather chooses to embrace life.
A Therapist Who Gets You
As a child, Heather grew up in an environment of addiction and generational divorce. Her life experiences, personal journey in counseling, and education have allowed her to develop a unique perspective of how our woundedness, caused from dysfunctional patterns of relating, are carried forward and recast into our adult lives. Recognizing that our experiences become the filter through which we sift and construct our view of self, our approach to life, our capacity love and be loved, and our ability to trust, Heather’s passion is to come alongside those wrestling with shame, identity, self-harm, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce, infidelity, secrecy, emotional abuse, and childhood trauma. Heather also enjoys faith-based counseling, approaching these and other issues from a biblical perspective. Heather’s approach to counseling is to offer a client-counselor relationship that pursues the depths of the client’s heart while simultaneously welcoming all that it finds there. Free from condemnation, judgment, and shame, she offers an environment which beckons one to draw close, discard their masks, and lay bare their scars. It is within that place that the transformative magic of counseling happens.
Unique Perspective to Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships
As a mother of six (6) of a blended family; two biological children, three step-children, and one child through an informal adoption, Heather has a passion for strengthening parent-child relationships, facilitating co-parent relationships, and enabling the voice of the young by helping parents see the world through the lens of their child. Whether you are blending your family through adoption, foster care, or re-marriage, or your family dynamics are changing due divorce, significant childhood milestones, or behavioral problems, Heather would love to sit with you as you traverse this season life.
Heather is an avid writer. In addition, being a frequent contributor to Chase Oak Church’s Vertical, she and her husband, Eric, recently launched their own blog – www.WoundedRooster.com – a space to wrestle with everyday questions about what it means to be a spouse, a parent, a friend, and member of a community. They also own their own Life Coaching and Spiritual Direction practice www.DutcherLife.com, where Eric, a Type1 diabetic, practices as a diabetes and chronic illness life coach.