Heather Vargo


Heather Vargo


Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Work - CW013306


43 Leopard Rd.
Building 2 Suite 203
Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301

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My Approach to Helping

Unlike larger agencies, I keep my practice small by design. I personally handle every contact and keep my caseload small so as to provide the highest quality service to my patients. My style is integrative, insight oriented and interactive. I practice from primarily a Psychodynamic and Trauma Informed Approach. I firmly believe a "good fit' between patient and therapist is a crucial component to long term success. My objective as a therapist is to collaborate with my patients in identifying what brings them to therapy and develop specific goalsobjectivesstrategies etc. to effectively address these issues in and outside of therapy. Together we will get at what’s underlying your behavior patterns andor emotional distressrelationship discord, and work to improve overall quality of life and have healthier more rewarding relationships.

More Info About My Practice

Life Guidance Associates is a private psychotherapy practice, founded by Heather L. Vargo LCSW in 2003. After a decade working for large behavioral health agencies (where she felt the patients were treated more like a number than an individual) Heather wanted to provide a more compassionate approach for her patients by providing a much more personal experience.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

What I love about being a therapist is seeing my patients get better! I feel so fortunate to be a part of the process of guiding someone through their healing journey. It?s beyond rewarding to witness the growth achieved with commitment and tenacity, and ultimately move forward with improved confidence and success. I?m very fortunate in that I found my calling & love what I do, I think it obvious to my patients and together we get results. It's truly a privilege to have the opportunity to make a such difference in someone's life.

My Therapy Focus

Initially trained with a Solutions Focused approach 25 years ago (due to the rigid demands managed care companies placed on providers) I?ve become very good at getting results. Fortunately, times have changed and clinicians like myself are afforded the time necessary to not only help patients address their presenting problem(s) but ultimately the underlying issues that cause them. My style is Integrative, Psychodynamic, and Trauma Informed. my style interactive.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

I can't count all the times I had a patient say they tried therapy in the past but didn't find it a helpful experience, or worse, an outright negative one. I think people want an active listener with an objective perspective, not a passive listener with little to no input. Most of my patients don't want to be in therapy indefinitely which is why I employ a more solution focused approach where my patients get the most out of each session.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    In a nutshell, I get at whats really underlying long standing patterns of behaviors, relationship issues andor mood instability so you can stop beating yourself up and get to work. It takes time & persistence but you can to to resolve it once and for all.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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