Ashleigh Heller, LCPC

Provider Type: Therapist

Serving: Adolescents 13-17, Adults 18-59, Children 0-5, Children 6-12

About Ashleigh Heller, LCPC

My Philosophy/Approach: I use a relationship-based, client-centered, integrative, collaborative, and trauma-informed approach to counseling. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), a newer yet very effective therapy that is predominantly used to treat trauma but has shown great success in easing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other concerns as well. I consider all domains that make up a whole person- mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. It is my philosophy that with patience, determination, trust, and meaningful connection, insight and healing are attainable. I am passionate about supporting individuals while they navigate the various trials that occur in life. I find that it is helpful to validate strengths and motivations as a way to empower individuals to take control of their own lives. It is my goal as a therapist to help people begin to address their presenting issues by first providing them with unconditional support in a safe space. Together, we then work to uncover underlying sources of pain, connect the impact that thoughts and feelings have on behaviors, strengthen self-awareness and acceptance, explore and incorporate effective coping skills into daily living, and relieve distress to ultimately improve functioning and quality of life.

Education & Experience: I earned my B.A. in Sociology and B.M. in Music Performance from Northwestern University, and then my M.Ed. in Counseling from DePaul University, where I focused on both Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as School Counseling. I have since become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I also hold a Professional Educator License with an endorsement as a School Counselor for ages Pre-K through 21. I have worked and volunteered in a variety of mental health settings, including a therapeutic residential school, a Chicago Public Schools K-8 school, a crisis call center for homeless youth, a nonprofit organization supporting grieving youth, and a LGBTQ+ community center. I am drawn to working with a diverse clientele and have experience with individuals ranging from preschool through adults. In the past I have facilitated group therapy and family therapy sessions, though currently I focus solely on individual therapy with clients.

More About Me: In addition to identifying as a committed lifelong learner, both personally as well as professionally, I am an avid musician, runner, nanny, reader, friend and family supporter.

Areas of Treatment

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Christian Counseling
  • DBT
  • Depression / Sadness
  • Divorce/Family Conflict
  • Eating Disorders
  • EMDR
  • Grief/Loss/End of Life
  • LGBTQI+
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Self-Injury
  • Stress/Worry
  • Women's Issues/Infertility
  • Locations

    Chicago – River North

    Insurance

    • Aetna PPO / HMO
    • BCBS Blue CHOICE PPO
    • BCBS HMO – DMG
    • BCBS PPO
    • Beacon Health Options
    • Benefit Plan Admin - VA
    • Cigna
    • CIGNA EAP
    • ComPsych
    • ComPsych EAP
    • Dupage Medical Group PHO
    • Health Alliance
    • HealthLink
    • HFN
    • Humana
    • MHN-Healthnet
    • MHNET (Aetna)
    • Multiplan-PHCS
    • UBH EAP
    • United Healthcare / United Behavioral Health