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.) 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)

  • Milton Erickson Couple’s Conference

  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing


  • 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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