trauma-informed | TRAns-Knowledgeable | LGBTQ+ Affirming | Family-Friendly
Heather Branham, LCSW
It’s important to find a therapist who’s a good fit for your needs. If you’ve never been in counseling before, you may not even know what that means. Finding a therapist is about finding someone you feel comfortable with, who can empathize with what you’re going through, and who you can see yourself trusting with those hard topics you can’t seem to share with anyone else. As a therapist, I dig deep to find places of connection with my clients. Sometimes that happens effortlessly, and sometimes it takes a little more digging.
I consider myself a family therapist, even when I’m only working with one person. I love having whole families in the room for therapy, but it’s rare when that happens. Even when my clients come alone to therapy, they are still usually a part of (and a product of) a family system. Considering how that family system functions (or doesn’t) can be extremely valuable healing work. I love counseling clients of all ages who are ready to feel better but aren’t sure where to start. Many of my clients have been white-knuckling their way through life and are ready to start feeling “normal.” I guide these clients to identify areas of discomfort and shift their focus toward tangible solutions that help them feel better ASAP. Sometimes that means addressing trauma symptoms that were numbed or avoided by using drugs and alcohol. Often counseling involves looking into relationships and noticing what’s working and what needs to be changed. Whatever the issues – gender identity, sexuality, pregnancy, addiction, trauma, or relationships – I am thrilled when I can connect with someone who thinks they’ve run out of options and direct them toward an undiscovered path.
I haven’t always wanted to be a therapist. After college, I was climbing the ladder in a career in community organizing for LGBTQ and reproductive justice issues, but the work left me drained. With no back-up plan, I made the terrifying decision to leave my stable job to piece together a living until I knew what to do next. This was a turning point in my life because I learned that the best decisions are rarely the easiest. If I wanted to find purpose and meaning in my life, I was going to have to create it myself.
I started training to be a doula and attended several births. I toyed with the idea of becoming a midwife. I fell into work as a nanny. My experiences with infants and young children unlocked reserves of nurturing and love I had no idea I was sitting on. As I opened myself to the experience of caring for children, I discovered a hidden world of play, connection, and joy. My new schedule allowed me to pursue my interest in yoga, which led to a transformative yoga teacher training. Through my training, I discovered my gift for being present with others through dark and scary emotions. I had stumbled onto my vocation as a therapist. By choosing to leave behind comfort and familiarity, I discovered the purpose and meaning I had been searching for.
I’ve been lucky to be mentored by amazing clinical therapists who have taught me about new and effective ways to heal trauma, treat addiction and codependency, help couples reconnect, and bring families closer together. My hope is that every client who enters my office feels welcome, safe, and heard. Let's collaborate to get you the peace you've been looking for. Call me, send me an email, or fill out our online contact form to get started today.
Accepted Insurance Providers: Blue Cross Blue Shield and Healthgram
Education | Training | Professional Associations
Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religion and Gender Politics from Agnes Scott College
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Level 1: Training in Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory; Level 2 Training in Progress
Yoga for Trauma Advanced Training
500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Peachtree Yoga Center
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (C009039) in North Carolina
Full Member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Member of the Perinatal Emotional Health Network of Western North Carolina