Ask about Heather Ford
Heather Ford, MSW, LICSW, BCD
I am a board certified, licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience treating adults for mental health and substance use disorders in addition to couples counseling. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. I’ve obtained specialized training and expertise in couples counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder and work with veterans. I have provided care in outpatient counseling centers, primary care clinics, hospitals, community mental health clinics and inpatient units.
It takes a lot of courage to make the step to finally seek out counseling services for yourself or your relationship. I consider it a privilege to get a glimpse into your world to help you create and work towards personal goals for the change you want to make to live a healthier and happier life.
I grew up in beautiful northern Michigan. My passion for the mental health field was ignited when I started working as a receptionist at a psychiatric clinic and was intrigued as to what the clinicians were saying to clients behind closed doors. I began to study psychology and was hooked. Following graduate school, I served for over 9 years as a clinical social worker for the United States Air Force. After living all over the world, my family and I had the desire to move to an area where we could settle down long term with plenty of water, trees, mountains and diversity and the pacific northwest seemed to fit the bill. We love it here and haven’t looked back.
I am a warm and caring clinician who will encourage and hold you accountable for the change you want to make. I use a variety of treatment methods but tend to focus more on behavioral and exposure methods to treat clients and love incorporating mindfulness and focusing on helping folks identify what makes them unique, accepting who they are as people and reaching their goals in life. The sessions will always have feedback and intervention. If you come in and be honest with yourself and work hard to change negative thoughts or behaviors you will earn positive change and healing. I am an advocate of social justice and equality and work with people from all walks of life.
My motto: Put your helmet on and tackle life. Try new things. No regrets. Change what you don’t like and accept the rest. Know and love your unique self. Engage in mindfulness and relaxation. Seek fulfillment in every moment. Make life good.