Hi, I'm Heidi Hemling! I'm so glad you're here.
I believe in an integrative approach to counseling; focusing on bio-psycho-social and strengths-based models while seeking to understand your experiences and needs through a trauma-sensitive lens. I believe deeply in developing a relationship of trust and connection.
I am a certified perinatal mental health provider who is passionate about serving mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Both individual and group treatment options are available. I also believe partner and family support is essential to the treatment process and offers session options for the family system in addition to individual treatment
I have specialized training in child and adolescent therapy; including play therapy, adoption competence, and behavioral modification.
I am a parent of young children and understand the dynamics of busy family life as well as motherhood. My family and I have been living in the Wauwatosa area for 8 years and have happily made our home here. We enjoy spending time with each other and taking in all of the family-friendly activities within our community. You can often find us taking walks or at the park with our golden doodle, Sullivan.
I am a licensed professional counselor who has a heart for helping young families thrive!
I know firsthand that while this parenthood journey can be wonderful and amazing and full of joy … it can also be really, really hard. And at some point along this journey, we all need a little help.
If you’re reading this and feeling sad, unsure, frustrated, or anxious, I want you to know that you’re not alone. And I’d love to help.
I’ve been working with children and families in various settings for twelve years, and becoming a mother has given me a whole new lens through which I view my career. In fact, navigating this huge life transition compelled me to expand my work to include support for new parents. I recently earned a Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) from Postpartum Support International, which means I’ve acquired specialized knowledge and training so that I can more effectively support new parents who are struggling.
I believe strongly that these early childhood years are profoundly important — and yet they’re often fraught with challenges. I support parents as they navigate these years, from the pursuit of parenthood onward.
I earned my masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Marquette University and completed my practicum providing treatment services for children 5 years of age and younger who experienced behavioral and emotional challenges. My internship experience focused on treating children, adolescents, and their families in an outpatient clinic setting.
After graduating and becoming licensed, I worked as a psychotherapist in an outpatient setting and completed several specialized trainings and certificates in perinatal mental health and trauma counseling.
My dedication to children and families was born long before my graduate-level training.
I earned my bachelor of science in psychology and biological science from Marquette University and from my first child development course, I began to understand the direction of my future career. I became intrigued and driven by the idea that children desperately need us to accept their feelings and to respect them as the small humans that they are — an idea that went against the grain of the popular thinking of previous generations.
After graduation, I pursued work in a variety of clinical settings — including pediatric and family medicine clinics— where I honed skills working directly with young children and their families. As I pursued my masters degree, I knew that I wanted to delve deeper into the therapeutic approaches and practical applications of the work I was doing, which led me to pursue a great deal of continued education and certifications.
In my practice, I provide a wide range of services to support young families:
therapy for those struggling with pregnancy, child loss, or infertility
treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
support and therapeutic groups for pregnant women and new moms
parenting support through consultations and workshops
child and adolescent therapy
*I am also available for consultations and speaking engagements in the community.
My approach is greatly influenced by person-centered therapy and attachment theories. Our work together will be tailored to support your needs or your child’s needs by pulling from a large toolbox that includes play therapy, mindfulness work, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and interpersonal therapeutic approaches.
My goal is to help you navigate — and love! — these foundational years of parenting, childhood and adolescence, even when things get difficult.