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Mandy Heisler, LCSW-C

She/Her/Hers
Works with Children, Teens, and Adults

HEALING WORK

Therapy with me: I believe therapy should be a collaborative process, and view clients as the experts of their own experiences. In sessions, I will bring empathy and kindness to create a safe and welcoming environment where clients can explore and grow. My hope is to empower others to reach their healthiest mindset and fullest potential. 

My impacting identities/roles that inform my work: I identify as a biracial (Asian and White), cis-gender, heterosexual female. As a therapist, I am knowledgeable about unique identity issues for biracial/multiracial individuals. 

I feel informed and knowledgeable about: working with children with special education needs  connected to Autism, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, etc.). As a specialist in working with children and families, I am passionate about assisting children and adolescents in identifying and expressing emotions, self regulation, mindfulness, behavior management, coping skills, and social thinking. Additionally, I am passionate about working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, stress, and mood disorders, regardless of age. 

I work best with clients who: are motivated to work collaboratively on establishing and achieving goals. I enjoy utilizing a person-centered and strength-based approach, as well as exploring the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

I am not a good clinical fit for clients who: are struggling with substance use or abuse or may be experiencing long term stuckness. However, I am more than happy to refer or help assist you in finding a great therapist! 

What makes me unique: I enjoy working with individuals of all ages and am particularly passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, incorporating mindfulness and yoga techniques to promote a feeling of connection, awareness, and balance between your mind and body has become an integral part of my efforts. 

LEARNING AND GROWING 

My previous work experience focused on children, adolescents and families in the residential and special education settings. I continue to grow as a clinician by gaining more experience working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Specifically, I have increased my work with adults who are struggling with low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, and trauma. Also, I recognize that the decision to seek and participate in therapeutic services can be heavily influenced by someone’s culture or community. I continue to learn from experts in this area to ensure that I am providing culturally competent care with my clients. In addition, I am aware of the complex impact of trauma and continue expanding my knowledge on trauma and trauma-informed care by attending trainings approved by the Board of Social Work Examiners. 

Fun Facts/Resilience Building 

What resources me to build resilience: I feel grounded when I am outside and happiest when I am at the beach or listening to live music. I have found that practicing gratitude has helped me stay present and reminds me to celebrate the small moments. 

EDUCATION 

James Madison University: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Family Studies

University of Maryland School of Social Work: Master’s in Social Work, Clinical Concentration

Certifications/Training/What I’m Reading

Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities, Social Thinking,

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary,

The Ethics of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Civility: Translating Aspirational Concepts Into Professional Practice,

Complex Trauma Part I and II, Hope Ignited Training,

The Comprehensive Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy