Heather McGowen Sanford

Heather McGowen Sanford


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Texas Accepting Online
Melissa Accepting In-person

sliding scale for financial hardship

Updated January 1, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Trauma
  • Conflict resolution

Professional statement

Heather McGowen Sanford is both a Marriage & Family Therapist Associate and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate under Jamie Porter: LMFT-S, LPC-S, practicing in the state of Texas. She has her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Heather studied extensively Relationship Therapy, Family Therapy, Trauma Work, Attachment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Teen & Young Adult work. Additionally, she has worked in Play Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Gottman Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy under Sue Johnson’s externship.

Heather brings with her 20 years of experience in working with families, marriages, & individuals in Central America and Europe. Her warm, insightful, and compassionate approach brings life-giving results.

Message to clients

So excited to meet you! Can't wait to walk beside you, have your back, and stretch you towards wholeness. Everyone deserves a ‘do over'. Therapy is the ultimate ‘do over’! Relationships you want to restore, relationships you find challenging, insecurities, fears, depression, personality disorders, and more, are easily assuaged, mended, and restored through therapy.

Mental health challenges (of your own or a loved one) can cause such confusion and pain. Broken relationships can also hurt us so deeply. These things can put our lives in a wobble and cause us to lose meaning and joy in life. It can cause nagging anxiety or even depression; resulting in anxious thoughts playing on a loop in our minds, yet with the confusion of not knowing where to go from there. Rest assured that hope is just around the corner. You took the first step in reaching out and looking for help. We all need to feel seen and heard and know that we are not alone.

You have come to the right place! Together, we will walk side by side, coming up with goals and solutions to life's many challenges.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Conflict resolution - Learning how to effectively and compassionately communicate in the face of conflict, whether at work or in personal life


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Heather Sanford is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $130 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $130
  • Couples sessions: $200 (75min)
  • Family sessions: $200 (75min)
  • Medication management and therapy sessions: $130 (48min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week


Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12pm-4pm
  • Tue 9am-4pm
  • Wed 2pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-4pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Melissa practice
3040 Spanish Oak Trail, Melissa, Texas 75454
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12pm-4pm
  • Tue 9am-4pm
  • Wed 2pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-4pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 3 years

Rebuilding the Foundations, Nonprofit, Therapist, 2021 - Present
Imagine School International of North Texas, School Counselot, 2022 - 2023
Center for Enriching Relationships, Therapist (practicum), 2020 - 2021
San Diego Christian College, Therapist (practicum), 2020 - 2021

Azusa Pacific University, MA Clinical Psychology, 2021
University of Texas @Austin, BA Sociology, 1991


Texas: 91381

Supervisor: Jamie Porter (LMFT-S & LPC-S 201362 & 64674)