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Heather Kirby is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and holds a Master's degree in Special Education. She has spent over twenty years working directly with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of mental health and special education settings. Heather specializes in reaching difficult teens through alternative therapies and has created her own activity-based therapeutic approach called Facilitated Socialization™. She was the first graduate of Melisa Pearce's certification program in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method™ and has completed the advanced training in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with Tim and Bettina Jobes.
Heather's unique background allows her to look through a variety of lenses and draw upon experience in the fields of substance abuse, education, recreation, and mental health. She is also a dynamic speaker and offers trainings and workshops on a variety of different topics, tailoring each to the individual needs of the target audience.
Currently, Heather works in private practice, with offices in Bethesda, MD and Fairfax, VA, and provides equine therapy through a partnership with Project Horse, Inc. in Purcellville, VA. She resides in Springfield, VA with her fabulous partner, their wonderful dog, and an amazing little hamster. She can be reached by email at Heather@KCClinicalSolutions.com.