About me

I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in online counseling across the state of North Carolina and internationally. I have 11 years experience as a therapist in various settings: university, community agencies, and private practice. I'm also a clinical supervisor for other therapists.

Beyond all of the professional qualifications, I am a human.  A real human.

I get that life is incredibly hard at times. It can be painful and unpredictable. It can feel unmanageable.

I understand what it feels like to hit low points that feel insurmountable and I know what it takes to find your way back out towards the life you want to be living. 

I am passionate about helping people reduce the impact of strong emotions that keep them up at night or make days seem unbearable.

 

I get energized by teaching people new strategies for communicating and relating effectively with others in their lives. 

 

I believe that every person has the ability to live the better life they want to be living.  

Are you ready to feel differently? I provide action-oriented treatment for those who want to get some clarity and learn strategies to achieve their goals. 

 

If you are at a crossroads and are ready to head down the road to the life you want to be living, I'm excited to head down that road with you!

My qualifications to do this.

 

Education

  • Master of Science in Community Agency Counseling from North Carolina State University

  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish Language from The University of Texas at Austin.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Nationally Certified Counselor (#238983)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (#7963)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (#S7963)

  • Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)  (#1017)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensively Trained Clinician, Behavioral Tech (an affiliate of the Linehan Institute)

Professional  Memberships

  • American Counseling Association

  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina

  • American Telemedicine Association

Who I am.

 

I am originally from Texas. I'm a middle kid and am blessed to have 2 wonderful siblings. I like them...now. They have amazing children who call me Aunt Heather and these 6 nieces & nephews fill my heart.

 

Growing up, I had always planned to be a teacher. After a brief stint teaching middle & high schoolers, I realized I hadn't quite found my ideal career fit, but I knew I was on the right track.

 

I worked in Residence Life at the University of Texas in Austin, TX (worth a visit!) with college student leaders and realized my love for helping people develop into the versions of themselves that feels true and meaningful.

 

So, I came to Raleigh, NC in 2004 and pursued a degree in counseling at NC State University. I absolutely love what I do. I love helping people change their lives and feel the way that I think we are all meant to feel. And I now call NC home (unless I'm at my childhood house with Mom) and I try to enjoy all this lovely state has to offer. 

When I'm not counseling, you might also catch me doing some writing, biking, running, or Netflix watching, and spending quality time with my partner, catching up with friends, or planning my next trip for some rejuvenation time.

If you think we might be a fit, set up a free consultation to discuss what we can achieve for you with online counseling! 

Schedule a free 15 minute video consultation to discuss your needs and determine if we are a good fit.

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"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
― Albert Einstein

(919) 744-8335

heather@mckenziecounseling.org

all areas of North Carolina, United States​

© 2017 Heather M. McKenzie, Therapist LPC PLLC