Mandy Heisler, LCSW-C
Why I do this work:
I have always been passionate about helping others. Fortunately, I am in a role that allows me to make meaningful connections with individuals everyday. My hope is that I am able to empower others to reach their fullest potential with their healthiest mind and skillset.
My Education and Experience:
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from James Madison University with a minor in Family Studies. Then, I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a graduate student, I completed my first internship in a Baltimore City School by facilitating group and individual sessions for students dealing with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. I completed my second internship at the Children’s inpatient unit at Sheppard Pratt and provided case management and family therapy services.
As a school social worker in special education, I helped develop individualized treatment plans and provided therapeutic treatment, crisis and case management services to students with developmental disabilities and their families. My clinical experience over the years has been in schools, hospitals, residential and community settings. I have had a wide range of experiences working with children, adolescents and adults with diverse backgrounds and various diagnoses.
I am passionate about working with teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression and self-esteem. I believe therapy should be a collaborative process, and view clients as the experts of their own experiences. In sessions, I use a person-centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach in sessions to challenge negative thought patterns and explore the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 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. In sessions, I will bring empathy and kindness to create a safe and welcoming environment where you can explore and grow.
Personality Disorders and individuals struggling with substance use or abuse are outside of my expertise. However, I am more than happy to refer or help assist you in finding a great therapist!
“ We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” -Mary Dunbar