Heather Locke, LMHC

Heather Locke

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, LCDP

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 9:00am-7:00pm
Thu: 1:00pm-7:00pm
Fri: 9:00am-4:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Addiction recovery
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety & stress management
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Self-care skill building
  • Academic issues
  • Anger management
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Couples counseling
  • Existential questions & challenges
  • Personality disorders
  • Self harm

Professional statement

Heather Locke is a counselor who has been working in the mental health field for almost 20 years. She has experience both as a therapist and administrator at mental health care centers, and is an Advanced Chemical Dependency Professional, the highest level of certification as a substance abuse counselor.

Heather has particular expertise in addiction recovery, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety and stress management, self-care skill building, and dual diagnosis. She also sees clients struggling with academic issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, existential challenges, parenting, personality disorders, and self harm. She works with teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, seniors, couples, parents, and families.

Heather is uniquely trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), and Stages of Change therapy, and incorporates other approaches such as psychoeducation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.


Addiction recovery – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Grief & loss – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Trauma – Dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Anxiety & stress management – Generalized anxiety; Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Dual diagnosis – Working with clients who have a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder and alcohol or drug addictions.
Self-care skill building

General expertise

Academic issues –  Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Existential questions & challenges – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting


  • Beacon Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • Neighborhood Health
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial sessions: $150/session (60min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $100/session (60min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75-$125 for initial sessions and $50-$75 for ongoing sessions is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Message to clients

"I believe in the restorative power of hope. Through partnership, trust and the sharing of knowledge, real movement can occur."

Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Eye 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)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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)
WRAPThe Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) method is an evidence-based technique that aids an individual in creating a wellness toolbox, designing a daily maintenance plan, and identifying triggers. (learn more)
States of Change

Education and work experience

Private Practice, Owner and Clinician, 2016 - Present
Newport County Community Mental Health Care Center, Clinician and Administrator, 2006 - Present
Family Service League, Group Therapist and Case Manager, 1999 - 2000

Teachers College, Columbia University, Masters, Psychological Counseling, 1998
University of Colorado, Boulder, Bachelors, Sociology, 1992



Professional endorsements

Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Heather has a warm and reliable reputation that precedes her in the community. Her empathetic nature and direct, yet non-judgmental approach with clients makes her a much revered therapist. She has helped countless people find their way towards achieving their goals. Her experience in working with co-occurring populations married to her extensive knowledge of community resources makes her exceptionally qualified to be a part of the Zencare team. She is a true professional and highly respected by her clients and peers alike.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, personlity, disorders, etc.
— Farrell Carley, LMHC, LCDP (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Having worked very closely with Heather for over 12 years I trust her clinical knowledge, her judgement and her commitment to her practice. She sincerely cares and focuses on helping clients to reach their identified goals. Through her years of experience, Heather knows what really works to support and motivate people. Her style reflects her personable nature, warmth and dedication. I have watched clients grow and make real change through their work with Heather. We are lucky to have her as a resource in our community.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Addiction issues, relapse prevention, trauma, grief, mood disorders, anxiety, anger management and adjustment disorders.
— Michael Gunning (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Heather came to us as a Case Manager, quickly moving to Assistant Team Leader, then to Coordinator and then to the Aministrator of Community Support Services.
She is honest, trustworthy and very hard working. She empathizes with clients, while maintaining clear, professional boundaries.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Substance abuse, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Co-occurring Disorders, Family Issues and all aspects of Mental Health.
— Elizabeth Donegan, LCDP (2017)