Heather Deecken, LCSW
"Helping adults overcome past experiences in order to
take control of their present and future."
Are you currently overwhelmed with stress and anxiety? Have you gone through some challenging experiences in the past that are continuing to pose challenges in your life?
Living with anxiety, depression, or PTSD can be difficult, especially when you feel like you are alone. If you answered yes to any of these questions, I am here to tell you that you are not in fact alone.
Following a trauma, we can sometimes feel out of control when it comes to our emotions, thoughts, and physical responses to stimuli. My goal in therapy is to help individuals who have experienced trauma to be able to overcome these experiences and learn to take back control of their lives.
I work with adults who have experienced trauma and are currently struggling in managing their anxiety, depression, or PTSD symptoms. My goal is to empower individuals to tap into their internal strengths in order to overcome their current difficulties and obstacles. By utilizing a solution-focused approach and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, I will assist you in developing a healthier view of self, leaving you with a sense of peace and fulfillment.
I offer both individual counseling and EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR therapy is a treatment technique that facilitates the reprocessing of a traumatic memory.
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for the treatment of post-traumatic stress, phobias, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, stress, sexual and physical abuse, disturbing memories, and complicated grief. The images, sounds, and feelings are no longer relived when the event is brought to mind. The event is still remembered, but the painful thoughts, emotions, and sensations associated with it are removed.
I am also passionate about working with First Responders and their loved ones. As a Certified First Responder Counselor, I am passionate about helping those who help others. I strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for First Responders to process traumatic experiences, explore their stress levels as well as work/life balance, and discuss ways to gain emotional resilience and various tools in order for them to continue in their careers without emotional, physical, and mental burnout.
Understanding the strength and courage it takes for First Responders to seek out help, it is important for me to help break the stigma that may prevent these individuals from reaching out for help. Through our work together, First Responders will gain awareness into how their day-to-day work experiences impact them emotionally, mentally, and physically. They will leave sessions feeling equipped to manage triggers, stress, interpersonal conflict, and a work/life balance.
For more information about trauma and how EMDR can help, watch this video.
I have always known that I wanted to work in a field in which I was helping others. I have always thrived when friends and loved ones came to me for support and advice. It felt natural being able to offer a listening ear and help them find solutions to what they were going through. When I found I can make a career of this, I didn’t think twice about this being something I wanted to pursue.
While starting out my social work career, I was pulled to working with those who have experienced trauma. For these individuals who have experienced life events that have caused them to feel isolated, I wanted nothing more than to be at least one person that they could rely on.
Offering both traditional talk therapy and EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), I have been able to witness individuals overcome their self-defeating thoughts and beliefs that have kept them trapped for a period of time and helped them to continue their lives with a sense of freedom and empowerment.
I know that it takes a lot of courage for someone to be vulnerable and step into the healing journey of therapy. To be able to witness a person’s resilience and ability to overcome these challenges inspires me to continue showing up fully in my work with my clients.
I received my Bachelors of Social Work at Florida State University in 2016. I then decided to move back to my hometown and complete an accelerated masters program at Florida Atlantic University, where I obtained my Masters of Social Work in 2017. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida.
My post-graduate experience has involved working with those who struggle with substance abuse issues and addressing the underlying issues that have led people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.
In 2017, I received training in EMDR therapy. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a treatment technique that facilitates the reprocessing of traumatic memory. My most recent position involved creating a trauma program, which entailed facilitating EMDR therapy and trauma-focused group therapy services.
Just For Fun
A few things that make me, “me”:
I love being outdoors! I try to make it a point for me to go on at least one extended walk outside each day.
As part of my self-care, I am big into working out! I do various workouts including yoga, HITT training, and weight lifting. I have always been involved in sports including basketball, volleyball, and softball.
Don’t get me wrong, though. As active as these fun facts have been, I do thoroughly enjoy sitting on my couch and reading a good book or watching some Netflix.
Why Work With Me
In our sessions, I provide an empathetic and comfortable environment for my clients to feel safe in truly being their authentic self. You are the expert of your own life. My style is collaborative and my role is to help guide you in building on the strengths you already have, in order to overcome any current obstacles and struggles.
With everyone having unique experiences and characteristics, I will tailor my style and your treatment plan to your specific needs.
I offer flexible hours and services in-person and through telehealth.
Call me at (954) 391-5305 to schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation to get your healing process started today! For more information visit my website.