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About

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Heather Schuck

As a native to the Birmingham area, I began my clinical work with children and families for a local adoption agency. I provided crisis counseling and pre/post adoption support for families struggling with a variety of issues, including attachment difficulties. Years later I became the family therapist with the UAB Adoption Clinic at Children's of Alabama (now known as The Adoption and Foster Care Clinic) where I  continue to provide adjunct consultation services with an interdisciplinary team.

 

My therapeutic practice continued to grow in focus working with adults having histories of trauma experiences, relational disruptions, and/or have adoption/foster/multiple transitions in care within their stories. 

In the therapy process, I operate from an attachment and client-centered perspective. I specialize working with individuals having attachment disruptions, complex developmental trauma, and trauma-related issues as well as anxiety and depression. I often utilize parts work and EMDR within my practice when appropriate. 

I believe that each client is unique and has specialized needs that are important to understand. A great deal of care is placed on the therapeutic relationship as I believe it is one of the most important elements in therapy. I work to provide a safe and accepting environment so clients have the space and opportunity needed for healing and growth.

I am a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Practitioner. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), currently completing steps for certification. I have participated in level 1 and 2 Theraplay Training and earned my Foundational Certification in Theraplay. I also have training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), utilizing these principles in my practice. 

Education:

M.S.W., Social Work, The University of Alabama

B.A., Counseling & Biblical Studies, Southeastern Bible College

Credentials:

LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)

TBRI Practitioner (Trust Based Relational Intervention)

Foundational Theraplay Certification 

Theraplay: Level 1 and 2 Trained

EMDR Trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

DDP Trained (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy)

IFS Informed (Internal Family Systems)

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