Heather Winder

MA, LAC

Heather Winder

MA, LAC

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Associate Counselor
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Healthcare
  • Horizon NJ Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

3499 Route 9
Suite 2C - Room 7
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

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My Approach to Helping

As a counselor I believe in pulling from a few schools of thought to ensure that the client receives the therapy they need. With preteens, adolescents, and adults I primarily take a person-centered approach by providing clients with a judgement free space to explore and navigate towards their own successes. As a counselor I do this by supporting the client and providing them with a safe space to engage difficult topics. A significant part of my counseling work centers around self-care. Helping clients to find ways of helping themselves to relax and care for themselves, so they are prepared to care for others. With children I use a multitude of techniques to meet the child at their developmental level. Often adults rush children into activities or ideas that they are not prepared to handle. I take a different approach in giving the child a voice and choice in the way they learn new skills. This may be through play therapy techniques, storytelling, and many other children friendly approaches.

I practice self-care in a variety of ways in my personal life. I am an avid gardener, both flowers and vegetables. In my free time I like working with my hands, creating gifts for others -knitting blankets and wood burning to name a few- and of course digging in the dirt. The garden is my meditation, happy place that always washes a feeling of calm over me. What's your calming place?

More Info About My Practice

Population: Children (4-10), Preteens (11-13), Adolescents (14-19), Adults (19+)

I graduated with my masters in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My experience is primarily with children and adolescents ages 4 to 18; however, I also work closely with parents and families to ensure a holistic approach to counseling. Throughout my time as a counselor I have partnered with clients, families and schools to ensure that the client is receiving the best care possible. I am passionate about helping young people gain lifelong skills that can prepare them for their bright futures. One of the most encouraging ways to help a young person learn skills is through peer modeling and group counseling. Groups are an encouraging way to help individuals feel like they are not alone in their journey.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

ADHD, Academic Underachievement, Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Issues, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child and Adolescent, Chronic Impulsivity, Codependency, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Learning Disabilities, Life Coaching, Marital and Premarital, Men's Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Video Game Addiction, Weight Loss, Women's Issues, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Bisexual Issues, Gay Issues, Lesbian Issues, Transgender Identity

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    ADHD, Academic Underachievement, Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Issues, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child and Adolescent, Chronic Impulsivity, Codependency, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Learning Disabilities, Life Coaching, Marital and Premarital, Men's Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Video Game Addiction, Weight Loss, Women's Issues, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Bisexual Issues, Gay Issues, Lesbian Issues, Transgender Identityrn

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
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