Barbara Heffernan, LCSW
If any of the following questions resonate with you, I can help:
- Are you feeling tortured by your anxiety?
- Are you haunted by past traumas or upsetting events?
- Are you stuck in an unhealthy relationship? Destructive behavioral patterns?
- Do you find yourself saying, “I know I shouldn’t feel this way?” or “I know I shouldn’t be doing this”?
- Are you no longer even sure how you feel, what you want or who you truly are?
Barbara Heffernan, LCSW, is the owner and founder of Mindful Psychotherapy, LLC. In her private psychotherapy practice, she focuses on anxiety, trauma and life transitions. She works with individuals and couples; adults and older teenagers. Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an EMDR Approved Consultant. She actively utilizes EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, meditation, visualization and spirituality in her psychotherapy practice and her workshops. Barbara has studied meditation in Buddhist, Hindu and Shamanic traditions, and has practiced meditation for over twenty years.
Barbara uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and EMDR, two of the best researched treatment modalities for a wide range of issues. She combines these methods with visualization, mindfulness and meditation techniques, when appropriate, to assist clients in tapping into their inner wisdom. She also incorporates wisdom from Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs in her work.
Barbara was the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Fairfield County, CT from 2003-2007. In her first career, Barbara spent sixteen years in Investment Banking, primarily in Mergers & Acquisitions for Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch.
Barbara has a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MSW from Southern Connecticut State University. She is an EMDR Approved Consultant, and provides supervision to other therapists learning EMDR.
My goal is to help you move towards a sane and joyful life, however that may be defined by you.
With compassion, acceptance and a warm sense of humor, I help clients integrate their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, so decisions become clearer. I help clients clarify their vision for their lives, and take the steps to manifest that vision.
For couples counseling, I focus on behavior and communication. While it is helpful to understand your partner’s underlying issues, and for them to understand yours, the key in relationships is how you treat each other. I work with couples on increasing positive behaviors, which lead to increased intimacy, on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. Simultaneously, we will work on eliminating the destructive behaviors which sabotage relationships.
Existing clients can use an online scheduling system to schedule or cancel appointments.