Rachael L. Heinsen

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Columbus, GA. I work with individuals, couples, and families.  I am a devoted wife and mother. I enjoy spending my time outdoors and trying new places to eat. 

I received my Masters of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. To obtain licensure I had to complete over 3000 supervised hours and take a licensing exam. I completed my practicum at Harmonium in San Diego where I worked in a counseling center working with children, teenagers, adults, families, and couples. I taught parenting classes, led teenage behavioral management groups,  and worked with youth involved in the juvenile justice program.

I completed my internship in San Diego at the San Diego Center for Children (SDCC). I worked with children in foster care and children returning home from residential care. These children often had multiple diagnoses (ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment disorders, etc.) and a wide variety of behavioral problems. I enjoyed working with children as they reunited with their families and learned to better relate with their family members. I completed training to become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator while working at SDCC. 

I moved to Columbus in 2012. I worked at the Veteran Affairs (VA) Columbus Vet Center for several years. I worked with veterans from all combat zones since the Korean War and was able to work with their family members as well. I specialized in Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and obtained the STEP qualification to work with this special population.  Additionally, I was able to work with active duty service members and their families. I completed additional training and supervision to become certified in Cogntive Processing Therapy (CPT) which is an evidence based treatment program for PTSD.  I am familiar with many local resources for Veterans and the service connection claims process. 

I am excited to have my own practice where I can assist clients in reaching their goals and living the lives they want to live. I bring my previous experiences to the therapy office and am constantly learning new therapy techniques to best serve my clients. I recently completed the Postpartum Support International Certificate Training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. I would be happy to talk with you about your goals for therapy. 

 
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