Heather Preston, MA, LMHC

Master of Arts, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Location(s): Lynnwood

Welcome! You’re probably here because something in your life isn’t going as well as you’d like. You may have tried everything you can think of, but haven’t been able to come up with a solution or get the relief you’re looking for. Or, maybe, you simply don’t know where to start. Together, we can begin to explore what’s happening and why. Working with a counselor is a unique opportunity to look at your problems from new perspectives, examine unhelpful patterns, and uncover the answers that are already inside of you, but may not yet be apparent.

I work with individuals to help them understand and reduce anxiety symptoms, heal relationships, and find a way through difficult emotions. You may already have a good guess about where these symptoms are coming from –  possibly relationship/career challenges, unhelpful or addictive patterns, life transitions, past experiences or past trauma and abuse. Or, you may have no idea why you feel the way you do. That’s fine too. We can work together to uncover the causes, increase understanding and create a path for you to move forward.

I am passionate about helping people find ways to increase life satisfaction and (re)discover a sense of aliveness and balance. I believe these things are within the reach of anyone who is persistent, curious and open to looking deeply. Together, we can explore what may be holding you back with the intention of helping you discover more freedom, satisfaction, wholeness and integrity in your life.

Some of the areas we may work on together include:

Anxiety and stress

Relational challenges & frustrations

Life transitions

Making sense of difficult emotions

Addictive patterns, including substance use and abuse

Interpersonal communication

Boundary setting & codependency

Workplace stresses & navigating office politics

Depression, isolation and loneliness

Trauma

Spiritual concerns & religious questioning

Questions of career, vocation and life purpose

LGBTQ issues

 

A bit about me: Since 2006, I’ve been working as a psychotherapist in Snohomish County and the greater Seattle area in both community mental health and private practice settings. Earlier in my career, I worked in the high-tech, non-profit and higher education sectors, so I’m familiar with both the stresses and rewards of working in an office setting with looming launches and deadlines, as well as the challenges of navigating complex work relationships. These varied settings and experiences all inform and deepen my therapy work and have given me the opportunity, over the years, to interact with a diverse array of people from varied races, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and sexual orientations.

I’ve been told I have a grounded, easy-going presence. I value integrity and strive to be open-hearted, reflective and playful. I’m a life-long learner with a curious mind. In my free time, I might be found walking, reading, writing, playing piano or listening to music, radio and podcasts. I also enjoy connecting deeply with people as well as finding stretches of unstructured downtime that allow me to recharge and keep my life in balance.

Documents

Please complete the intake paperwork prior to your first session and bring it with you, along with your
insurance card. Or, you may arrange to come a half hour early to fill out the paperwork when you arrive (please let me know if you need this). You can find the intake packets on the homepage of this website.
Please Note: We do not accept Medicare.

Professional Memberships: 

American Counseling Association

Contact Information: 

20102 Cedar Valley Rd Ste 201
Lynnwood, WA 98036

License Information: 

LH60184801