She/Her/HersLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Heather Kretschmar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor providing online therapy sessions in California. Heather specializes in helping people to improve their relationships, particularly those who feel stuck in conflicts or negative cycles with loved ones. They want to learn how to communicate more clearly and create healthy boundaries, which can give them space to feel more like themselves instead of trying to people please. She also is passionate about supporting those navigating life transitions such as starting college, joining the workforce, becoming a parent, navigating a breakup, etc. These individuals may be looking for a space to process these changes and identify what they need in order to feel fulfilled and genuinely themselves in this next phase of life.
Heather’s approach to working with clients begins with ensuring that they realize they aren’t alone. As their therapist, Heather strives to build strong rapport and trust with her clients so they feel comfortable being vulnerable with their emotions during sessions. She understands the courage it takes to speak with someone about thoughts and feelings that are deeply personal, even if that someone is a therapist. That’s why she creates a sense of safety within each session, and affirms and validates her clients as they open up their lives to her. Heather draws from attachment-based perspectives and family systems therapy, which teaches clients about secure relationship styles and explores dynamics that can develop within families. Clients learn how to feel confident in themselves and become empowered to live authentically, especially in their relationships.
Heather earned a Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University. Her empathy and gentle guidance can be very helpful in breaking clients out of unhelpful patterns and instead setting out on more joyful, energy-filled lifestyles that promote healing.
Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.
Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms
Heather Kretschmar is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 7 years
Storyline Therapy, Therapist and Business Owner, 2021 - Present
Center for Integrated Family and Health Services, Therapist, 2016 - 2021
New Harbor Counseling, Therapist, 2017 - 2021
Azusa Pacific University, Masters in Clinical Psychology, 2017