About Your Facilitator

Heather Togbetse has always been a natural helper. She is an artist at her core and thrives in an environment where art-making can be used as a healing modality. She earned her B.F.A. and M.Ed. from Frostburg State University in 2004 and 2014 respectively. Heather was an art educator for 12 years, gaining valuable experience teaching elementary, middle, and high school students. Eventually, she returned to college to follow her dream of becoming an art therapist. Heather earned her M.A. in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling from Seton Hill University in 2019. She completed a practicum experience at Western Maryland Health System and a full internship at the Bedford LTSR (Long Term Structured Residence). 

Upon graduation, Heather continued to work at the LTSR with individuals with severe mental illness for 3 years. Inspired by the work she was doing with her clients, Heather became more interested in helping people work through trauma. It became evident that unresolved trauma is at the root of so many mental health issues and life challenges.

She began to pursue trauma training through the ITR Training Institute and found it to be a powerful and transformational tool. Clients were able to successfully work through complex trauma in a short period of time. The evidence of the effectiveness of the ITR inspired Heather to earn her trauma certification (ITR-CTS).

Armed with an education from an accredited university, professional work experiences, and specialized training, Heather decided to return to her community in Western Maryland. She recognized the need for such services and wanted to create a unique opportunity for people to heal. This is what you will find at Open HeART Space.

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Heather Togbetse M.Ed., M.A., ITR-CTS

Training and experience with the following treatment modalities:

*Art Therapy

*DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)

*CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)


*Family Systems

Training and experience working with the following challenges:


*Bipolar Disorder

*Borderline Personality Disorder


*Low self-esteem