peace of mind. peaceful life.
Perspective Giver, Self-Care Enthusiast, Dog Lover, Confidence Builder, Thought Changer, Personal Growth Gardener
Areas of expertise.
Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Geriatric Challenges
Strength based, person centered, CBT and solution focused therapy
Everyone has a story, and I want to help you write yours. I believe the world offers too many great opportunities to let ourselves get stuck. Sometimes it's hard to see beyond what is right in front of us. Together, we can look around and see that even though we struggle (and we all do from time to time) there is a way past it.
I am interested in different cultures, histories, and most of all, cuisines. When I am not working, you'll most likely find me in the kitchen or watching a hockey game with my dog, Rosie (who is also an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan).
I focus on actively listening, while encouraging you!
What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversations.
Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center
Wife, Dog Mom, Crafter, Spaghetti Devourer, Book Worm, Fun Aunt, Organizing Queen
When I was two years old, an accident left me without half my vision. However, from a very young age I realized only being able to see out of my right eye somehow gave me more sight than I ever could imagine. Especially learning to adapt, maneuver, and rebuild in a new way. Losing sight doesn’t have to equal blindness, but can give a vision, a new perspective to see from. And that’s what I want to do for you. Help you find your own view, giving you the right glasses to overcome your own challenge and strengthen your resilience.
We all have things in our lives that make us sad, put us down, cause stress, fear or self-doubt. Often society forces us to think that not being okay is problematic. I’m here to help you see that it IS okay to not be okay. And it IS okay to need help, we all do sometimes. Although the struggles are important to process, moving forward- I want to help you figure out how you can take that experience and fill up your own personal toolkit for when life breaks you down, so that you can build your foundation stronger. Ready for the next.
My experience varies wide, I’ve worked with adults, children, teens, at risk youth, juveniles, domestic violence victims, parents, with CPS, schools, those in crisis, and currently with communities to prevent drug use in youth. My history has influenced my perspective that treating each person needs to be individualized and collaborative. Meaning that the person that knows you the best is you! So you are in fact, an expert of yourself. (How cool, right?) And I’m glad to work with you using an approach that makes you feel comfortable, more confident, and motivated. I want you to feel like you can achieve while also being in charge of choosing how you do so. Therapy isn’t always black and white, it’s adaptive- as it should be! As humans, our main similarity is that we are all different. We have different emotions, wants and needs. So why not approach therapy in that way?
Through the implementation of techniques and interventions from evidence-based theories, along with active participation, we can tackle your challenges head on. I will guide you, challenge you and assist you in growing into the best you that you can be.
When I am not doing therapy or drug prevention, you can find me doing home DIY projects and remodeling, reading, cooking, crafting, wreathing, and spending time with my husband and two special pups – Della, a Goldendoodle, and a little Border Collie named Gray.
Heather Thurbon is a Board Certified Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the State of WV. She concentrates on empowering people to seek their healing through discussion, visualization, meditation and wants to walk with her patients on their journey inward. Heather earned her Masters of Social Work through West Virginia University where she specialized in geriatrics and direct practice. The specialization is designed to focus on the changing mind and body though the aging process. Heather has a background in hospice care and medical social work.