“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
As a therapist and a social worker, these words are more than an inspirational quote – they guide my practice and ring true with each new client I meet. I believe all of us are capable of change, and therapy is one way to begin that change process.
I work from a strengths-based, empowerment model– in other words, I know that each client is an expert about who they are, where they come from and where they want to go. My role is to provide guidance, support, feedback, validation, and a safe environment to process that journey.
My approach is compassionate, warm, personable, and practical. I believe a strong therapeutic relationship is key and value consistent and honest feedback from my clients.
Education & Experience
I am a clinical social worker licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. I hold a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Boston University, where I specialized in trauma work. During my graduate training, I provided both crisis intervention and therapy in a residential setting and teaching hospital.
Over the past 11 years, I’ve provided counseling and support to adolescents and adults working through a range of issues, including:
Past trauma (including childhood abuse and neglect, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence)
Maternal health (difficulty conceiving, pregnancy, postpartum depression/anxiety, pregnancy loss, coping with early parenthood)
Life transitions (post-college, early parenthood, marriage, divorce, retirement)
Relationship issues (intimate, family of origin, peers, etc.), including improving communication, boundary-setting, and practicing assertiveness
Anxiety & depression
Grief & loss
Cultivating self-compassion and improving self care practices
Improving self-esteem and self-confidence
Coping with chronic health conditions
Heather Geldon is licensed by the Boards of Social Work in the District of Columbia (License # LC50079910), Maryland (16295) and Virginia (0904008787).