Heather Lee is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and stress management. As a per diem therapist at Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services, she has extensive knowledge of the challenges of finding independence in emerging adulthood. She supports adolescents and young adults as they navigate identity formation, heal past traumas, and transition to adult relationships with family members and peers. She also has expertise in helping clients recover from developmental or complex childhood trauma.
Heather highly values a holistic, mind-body approach to therapy, incorporating mindfulness, exercise, and diet for optimal personal and physical well-being. She also draws from skills-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and offers a trauma-informed approach to care.
Heather sees individuals over the age of 13 including families and parents. She is committed to providing a warm and welcoming environment to help her clients feel more present and make healthier, more productive choices.
College mental health - Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), developmental trauma or complex childhood trauma
Relationships - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Life transitions and personal growth - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Holistic, mind-body approach - Techniques designed to enhance the mind's positive impact on the body
Private Practice, Licensed Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Brown University CAPS, Per Diem Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Eleanor Slater Hospital, Administrator, 2015 - 2017
Meadowridge Academy, Director, 2009 - 2013
Clinical and Policy Consultant, 2007 - 2015
Police Athletic League, Assistant Director, 2006 - 2007
Covenant House, Program Manager, 1999 - 2001
Certificate in Integrative Nutrition
Howard University, MSW, 2005
Duke University, MPP, 2003
Boston University, BS/BA, 1999
"For the longest time, I’ve avoided therapy just because of the stigma that came with seeing a doctor knowing that I was suffering with PTSD. The day I realized I needed help, I found Heather and figured I should give it a shot. I’ve been through maybe 5 different therapists, and none had helped except Heather. I saw her for maybe two months and I opened up so much and found the underlying issues that I had. She made it seem so comfortable to share and not feel judged. I’m blessed to have found her and hope I find another therapist like her where I currently live. I highly recommend her for those who are super apprehensive about therapy or have a lot of issues that are bottled up inside."- Zencare client • February 2018
"Heather helped me through PTSD that I have been suffering for years. I’ve sought help before, multiple times, but never could find someone I was comfortable to talk to or trust about deep things that were hurting me until my sessions with Heather. I can’t show how grateful and blessed I am to have found Heather and how much she has helped me. I would highly recommend her to people who are scared of stigmas behind mental health and those who suffer from PTSD."- Zencare client • November 2018