Who is Rachael Heinsen?

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.), experienced abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), 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. Being so close to Ft. Benning, 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 Cognitive 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. 


Mental health is just as important as physical health. Remember that.
— Source Unknown

Specialized trainings

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Certified

  • Postpartum Support International (PSI) Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trained and supervised

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders

  • MAP/MATCH Program for depressed and/or anxious children

  • Effective Counseling for Military Families

  • Youth Anger Management Group Facilitator

  • Wraparound Facilitation

  • STAR behavioral provider level 1

  • Military Sexual Trauma (STEP qualified) Counselor

  • Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator

  • Parent Management Training (PMT)

  • Gottman Level 1 completed

  • Milton Erickson Couple’s Conference

  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing

  • LGBTQ

  • Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

  • Adoption and Foster Parent Education

  • Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Treatment

  • Permanency and Loss

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Rachael L. Heinsen

Licensed Marriage and Family therapist

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