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Dr. Heather Ehinger, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Connecticut and New York

I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in the state of Connecticut and New York, who believes whole-heartedly in peoples’ innate ability to change, grow and adapt to new situations and circumstances.
I specialize in Relationship Focused therapy and help couples, families and individuals with everything from high conflict divorce and mending broken family ties, to trauma, illness, life changes, addictions, parenting problems, sexual identity issues, teen conflicts and more. As my clients’ passionate advocate I work to build hope, create possibilities and find meaningful solutions to whatever struggles they face.
We use an integrative systemic approach based on Family Systems Theory. This includes strategizing, problem solving, negotiating, mediation, collaborative efforts as well as a generational exploration of deep childhood wounding patterns.
The key to our success is the partnership I create with my clients, as well as a compassionate, accepting, respectful and non-judgmental approach. My own personal life experiences, professional training, humor and flexibility all play a key role in helping clients tap into their own internal resources to find the peace and tranquility they need. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Connecticut and New York, I have helped numerous individuals and couples accomplish their relationship goals.

Dr. Heather Ehinger's Client Services

Client Therapy Services

Individual Therapy Services

• Couples Therapy Sessions
• Individual Therapy Sessions
• Relationship Struggles
• Broken Relationship Ties
• Family Therapy Sessions
• Blended Family Therapy Sessions

Divorce Therapy Services

• Post-Divorce Parenting Support
• Marriage Therapy Sessions
• Post-Divorce Recovery/Support
• Divorce Consultant

Addiction/Co-Dependency Therapy Services

• Love Addiction
• Alcohol Addiction
• Drug Addiction
• Sex Addiction

Child Therapy Services

• Guardian Ad Litem
• Child/Custody Counseling
• Adolescent/Young Adult Counseling

Mood Disorders

• Depression
• Self-Esteem
• Empowerment

Dr. Heather Ehinger's Credentials

Academic Background

• 2014: Ed.D.- Argosy University, Sarasota FL: Doctorate of Supervision and Education:
Dissertation: The Lived Experience of Therapists Working with High Conflict Divorce: A Phenomenological Study
• 2005: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy: Fairfield University, Fairfield CT
• 1984: BA in Psychology: Denison University, Granville OH

Work Experience

• 2015: PAS Intervention, Board of Directors. Non-Profit supporting families who experience Parent Alienation and Parental Influence. Our mission is to change the face of divorce by moving families forward in a positive relationship focused manner. Specifically, PAS Intervention hopes to accomplish this through awareness, education, support groups, research, resources, prevention and intervention tools to the public and the professionals, who support those affected by high conflict relationships.
• 2008 – Present: Principle of Family Therapy Associates: Own and operate an established therapeutic for all aspects of family, individual and couples’ therapy; and maintaining staff and office space
• 2007 – Present: Private practice in Westport, CT; Ridgefield, CT and New York, NY: Client base is predominantly Divorce Work, Parent Coaching, Parent Coordinator, Mediation, Peace-Making, mood disorders, addiction, sexual dysfunction, personality disorders, family concerns, life transition and more. Focus on high conflict divorce, individual empowerment and codependency. Multidisciplinary coordination of divorce cases with the legal and financial professionals
• 2009 – Present: Supervisor for pre-licensure interns and students: Westport, CT and Ridgefield, CT. Systemic training, ethical considerations, all aspects of case management and clinical support including group and individual supervision. Business development for private practice
• 2014 – Present: Principle of The MacLetchie Institute: Center for Divorce. Services including therapy (families and children), parent-coordinating, supervised visitation, consultation for financial and legal support and mediation
• 2004 – 2007: Intern and pre-licensure experience at The New Learning Therapy Center: Providing mental health services to families, couples, individuals and children in a group private practice setting

Professional Licenses/Certifications

• 2014 – Present: License in NY as Marriage and Family Therapist
• 2007 – Present: License in CT as Marriage and Family Therapist
• 2011 – Present: AAMFT Approved Supervisor
• 2012: Connecticut approved Guardian Ad Litem
• 2012 – Present: Certified Myers-Briggs Administrator

Academic/Teaching/Supervisory Experience

• Fall 2014 / 2015: Adjunct Professor: Western Connecticut State University: Group Work Foundations: Theory and Practice
• 2014 – Present: Continuing Education Class for LMFTs/LCSWs- High Conflict Divorce and the Therapist’s Role
• 2013: TA Intro to Marriage and Family Therapy- Argosy University
• 2013: TA Group Dynamics for Graduate Students- Argosy University
• 2007 – Present: Supervisor of Interns pre-licensure
• 2009 – Present: Small group leader / facilitator

Academic Research/Interests

• 2014: Ed.D.- Argosy University, Sarasota FL: Doctorate of Supervision and Education: The Lived Experience of Therapists Working with High Conflict Divorce: A Phenomenological Study
• 2015: President- CTAMFT (Connecticut Chapter Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
• Secretary of CTAMFT Executive Team 2009 – 2012
• Chair Governance Committee 2012
• Nominating Committee 2006 – 2009
• 2005 – Present: AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
• 2006 – Present: APT (Association of Play Therapists)
• 2012 – Present: ACA (American Counseling Association, national and state)

Insurance I Accept

Currently, I accept Husky Health Insurance CT. You will need to be pre-authorized through Husky prior to coming in and seeing me. My Office Administrator would be happy to get you pre-approved so you do not have to worry about that process. Please contact me using the Contact Form which can be found on the top menu bar under "Contact".
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