Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Mon: 8:30am-9:15am & 5:15pm-8:30pm
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Cultural competence in Shamanism and shamanic spiritual practice
Heather Bonds-Harmon is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island. She specializes in grief and loss, trauma, LGBTQIA topics, challenges around life transitions, and spiritually. Heather especially enjoys working with members of the LGBTQIA community and has extensive experience helping clients navigating questions around gender and sexuality.
Heather takes a holistic approach to treatment, addressing wellness across mind, body, and spirit. Her approach combines insight-oriented modalities to help clients better understand themselves and their current struggles, and skills-based practices to teach clients coping strategies to manage their emotions and improve interpersonal communication. Heather also provides Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a type of therapy designed to relieve the distress of traumatic memories.
Heather aims to establish a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship with her clients. She deeply appreciates the courage and strength it takes for clients to enter therapy and encourages them to open themselves up to the process of healing and wholeness.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Religious issues – Resolving conflicts between personal values, choices, and religion; addressing religious tensions within families; connecting religious traditions and practice with daily living; exploring a new relationship with religion and spirituality
Spirituality – Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial session: $150 (50min)
Ongoing sessions: $100/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $65-$100 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
“Entering therapy and expressing a desire to work on expanding your best self is a step of courage and true strength. At the time, it may not feel that way. However, this is how I humbly view the clients I have been fortunate enough to work with and share in their process of healing and wholeness. It's a great honor that I do not take lightly when meeting a new client and forming a therapeutic relationship with them. This foundational work is what sets the tone to be able to dig deep and share your most authentic self in a space without judgement.
My belief about therapy is that you are the expert on you. However, perhaps you are trying to further develop this aspect of self or have found yourself a bit lost in discovering your best self along the way. My hope is to reflect back to you things that may have become hidden, to look at patterns of behavior and see if these behaviors hinder or help you, and to help you evaluate attitudes or beliefs that may be interfering with where you want to be.”
Treatment approachesEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them.
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2009 - Present
East Bay Center, 2004 - 2010
Community Counseling of Bristol County, 2001 - 2004
Simmons College, EMDR Certificate Program, 2009
Brown University Alcohol and Addiction Studies, 2000 - 2002
Rhode Island College, MSW, 2001
Rhode Island College, BSW, 1996