Heather Richards is currently receiving her Master’s of
Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella
University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
from California State University San Marcos. She is also a
student member of the American Association for Marriage
and Family Therapists (AAMFT).
She is excited as she joins East Valley Family Therapy
as a student intern under the supervision of Jonathan
Harrop, LMFT. Heather has begun training in Emotion
Focused Therapy (EFT) and has attended an EFT externship
as the first step towards becoming a certified EFT therapist -
a rare step for a student intern to take, but one she finds
essential to truly specialize in assisting the couples she works
with. She is passionate about helping couples understand
their negative relationship patterns and helping them find
new ways of expressing themselves to their partner. Heather
believes when couples learn how to turn toward each
other and truly express their needs, a secure relationship begins to develop. This will allow for both partners to grow into the best version of themselves, together. She aspires to help individuals, couples, and families work through conflicts, feel safe and comfortable expressing themselves, and ultimately reach their relationship goals.
Heather strives to create a safe and welcoming space for her clients to thrive both personally and relationally. She is inspired and honored by the courage it takes to reach out and invite her on this personal journey - to seek support in the face of pain, loss, relationship struggles, or uncertainty. She has adopted a client-centered, attachment-focused lens in her work and looks forward to walking side by side with each client and couple on their path toward healing.
Heather creates a safe, judgment free zone where people feel safe to explore and understand themselves and their relationships. She has a "to the point" approach that is coupled with her personable and compassionate nature that makes her a good choice for many couples, families, and individuals.