Karena Heyward (she/her)

Not Accepting Clients

You're looking for me because I am an "expert", but the truth is, you are the expert on your lived experiences!

Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia

  • Individual

About My Clients

I love to work with womxn and I prioritize space for womxn of color. I enjoy supporting and empowering clients who struggle with prioritizing themselves, who are experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, or are wanting support through life transitions.

My Background and Approach

My work is grounded in approaches that treat clients holistically: Polyvagal Theory, Humanistic Theory, Mind-Body approaches, and Sex Positive approaches. My Education: B.S., Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006 M.Ed., Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, The College of William & Mary, 2009 Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The College of William & Mary, 2012

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that all clients have the capacity to change and heal. Our minds and bodies are powerful tools that we often underestimate. I believe that bringing ourselves back to our bodies, truly feeling our bodily sensations, speaking our truths, and being willing to show up however and whoever we are can bring about change that is different from traditional talk therapy. I have walked the path of talk therapy and somatic therapy as a client. Through my own therapy, I have been able to learn how to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD by exploring patterns in my life, connecting with and trusting my body, and observing my thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the here-and-now. This journey has helped me to become the counselor that I am. I am delighted to offer a path of support, change, and healing to my clients.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Taoism
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 15 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $125/session

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