I consider people to be the experts of their own lives. My role is to assist people by creating a safe and relaxed environment where they are able to grow trust and comfortably identify and work toward their goals. I am here to listen non-judgmentally, pose questions and ideas to foster positive changes to thinking and behavioral patterns, support the growth of healthy relationships, and assist in the improvement of daily functioning, emotional regulation, and the use of healthy coping mechanisms.
Although I do consider myself a Generalist Therapist open to working with a variety of people, my experiences have most heavily involved working with children, teens, and young adults. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities with an emphasis on being Strengths-Based and Person-Centered.
My educational background is heavy in Empowerment and Strengths-Based Social Work. I attended St. Ambrose University (2010) in Davenport for my Social Work masters and previously attended Loras College (2008) in Dubuque, IA where I obtained bachelor degrees in Social Work and Psychology. I began working as a Social Worker in 2007. My previous work positions have involved experiences with schools, advocating for and representing youth voice within the community mental health system, and partnering with Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and Foster Care systems to enhance the lives of youth and their families. I became a Mental Health Therapist in 2012.
Megan Heffernen, LCSW, LISW
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Acceptance & Commitment (ACT)
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Self-Esteem & Self-Image
Abuse & Trauma
Opposition & Behavioral Difficulties
Strained Relationships & Family Conflict