Heather  Jackson
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Heather Jackson

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Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Master of Public Health, MPH Master of Arts, MA
Rhode Island Waitlist Online
Providence Waitlist In-person
Updated October 13, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Parenting behavioral management skills

Professional statement

Heather Jackson is a LMHC in Rhode Island. She has a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Counseling, Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Arts in Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Feminist, Women, and Queer Studies.

Heather has experience and training working with all ages and most issues but has her most extensive training and experience working with children and adolescents and people who have experienced trauma. She has experience working with children as young as 1 year old and adolescents who struggle with emotional regulation, aggression, and safety concerns. Heather believes in working with youth through play and art and also providing parents and guardians tools and methods for managing behaviors and creating a sense of safety. Heather has worked with people of all ages who have been traumatized through interpersonal violence, systematic trauma, as well as familial and cultural trauma.

Heather also has training in eating disorders with people of all ages and identities. Heather believes in a holistic approach with clients with eating disorders and will encourage working with a nutritionist/dietician, as well as a medical provider.

Heather believes in the person-centered approach and believes that an individual knows themselves better than anyone else and that they and their knowledge must be the center of any counseling efforts. Heather uses a variety of counseling approaches including parenting and behavioral management strategies, somatic work, EMDR, CBT, and DBT. She believes people need a variety of skills and tools and values using multiple theories and approaches. Heather is also trained as a birth doula and childbirth educator. Heather is currently training to become a yoga instructor and plans on utilizing this in her work.

Heather has experiences in a variety of settings including a university counseling center, community mental health clinics, in-home counseling, crisis intervention, case management, and more. Her graduate school experience was centered around social justice and the various systematic oppressions people experience in addition to mental health.

Heather’s current practice is telehealth due to the pandemic, however depending on the continuing course of the pandemic Heather plans to move to in-person counsel in office space in Providence when doing so is safe and reasonable. Heather works with an open schedule and will meet in non-traditional hours for those clients who need that.


Message to clients

As a mental health counselor, I very much value my own experiences with the world and these experiences inform my work with you. I think being vulnerable and going through my own counseling is important. I believe that the environment, systems of oppression, and the world we will live in deeply affects our mental health. Going to counseling can be intimidating. I’ve been there. I take a non-hierarchical approach and I very much value autonomy and want to assist you in experiencing the world and yourself in the way you want to! Life can be challenging and while I cannot take away those challenging moments, I can assist you in experiencing them in a less oppressive and frightening way. I value a holistic approach and believe that self-work can be done beyond talk therapy.


Specialties

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Dissociative disorders - Support processing and coping with painful or overwhelming emotions and reducing experiences of detachment from one’s reality, emotions, memory, and body

Parenting behavioral management skills - Providing families with tools on managing their children's behavior through support and warmth, with a trauma-informed and collaborative lens




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator)
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $125 (50min)
  • Initial session: $125 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Therapy (RI)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-11:00am
  • Tue 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-11:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-10:00am, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Providence practice
1155 Westminster St , Ste 206, Providence, Rhode Island 02909
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Gateway Healthcare, Inc., Child and Family Outreach Clinician
Day One, Fee for Service Clinician
Childhood Lead Action Project, Community Organizer
Recycle-A-Bike, Youth Bicycle Instructor
Urban League of Rhode Island, Case Manager for teen parents
Child Trends, Data Collector in Rhode Island
Brown University School of Public Health-Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Project Coordinator
Community Violence Intervention Center, Community Coordinated Response Specialist

CGS in Advanced Counseling, 2019
University of North Dakota, Master’s in Public Health (Population Health Research & Evaluation focus), 2014
University of North Dakota, M.A. in Counseling (Community Mental Health focus), 2012
University of North Dakota, B.A. in Sociology and Feminist, Women, and Queer Studies, 2010


Licensure

Rhode Island: MHC01033


Languages

English