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Congratulations on taking the first step towards empowerment, transformation and healing. The courage it takes to seek out a therapist should not be discounted or minimized; the idea of starting therapy can be scary. At Garnering Change Psychotherapy, we don’t “fix” people because you are not broken. Rather, we are here to support you on your journey of self-discovery and healing. Our approach to therapy is not a one-size-fits-all attitude/method. Using a holistic view, we take the time to learn about you, your values, and your goals for treatment. This allows us to collaborate with you and create a treatment experience that will be meaningful, healing, and rewarding. We are excited to partner with you on your journey of healing.

Garnering Change

Heather Garner, LCSW-C

Heather Garner, LCSW-C

Founder
Heather M. Garner is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical (LCSW-C) who provides individual, family and couples’ therapy. Heather is a kink and poly-knowledge therapist with experience treating couples and individuals in the kink and poly communities. She has found that while most people find the first step of contacting a therapist the hardest, members of the kink and poly communities often have a more difficult time entering into treatment. Members of the kink and poly communities need to find a therapist who will not make his or her lifestyle choices an issue when it is not one and do not want to spend time in therapy educating the therapist about his or her interests, sexual activities or desires. In working with Heather, you will find a kink and poly-knowledgeable, non-judgmental, compassionate therapist who has worked with a wide variety of clients with varying interests, roles, gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship structures. In addition to working with couples and individuals in non-traditional relationships, Heather specializes in provides psychotherapy to those struggling with anxiety disorders, ADHD, and difficulties with life transitions. She has training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is able to work with adults who have been the victims of physical and sexual abuse. Heather is also a Grief Recovery Specialist© from The Grief Recovery Institute©, and facilitates Grief Recovery Outreach Program and one-on-one work.

Prior to opening Garnering Change Psychotherapy, Heather gained her expertise in working with children, families, and adults in a wide variety of settings. She provided community-based psychotherapy at Catholic Charities, inpatient psychiatric services at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and outpatient therapy at Johns Hopkins Bayview Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry, and worked with families and individuals receiving hospice care.

Heather received her Bachelors of Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore County and her Masters in Social Work with a clinical focus on children and families from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She completed her clinical training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Family Center. Heather is a Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners Approved Supervisor, an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and a member of The Grief Recovery Institute©.

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The Bookshelf

Road to Healing!

Road to Healing!

Walk through the Self-Help section at any bookstore or do a Google search for a book on a particular subject and the options can be incredibly overwhelming. With over 180,000 choices of books on the subject of marriage and over 32,000 texts on raising children, how do you decide which book is worth your time…

Partners in Power: Living in Kinky Relationships

Partners in Power: Living in Kinky Relationships

The New Bottoming Book

The New Bottoming Book

The New Topping Book

The New Topping Book

Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships

Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships

More Than Two: A practical guide to ethical polyamory

More Than Two: A practical guide to ethical polyamory

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