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About Your Wellness Facilitator:

I've always been an artist & a helper at my core. I thrive in environments where art making can be used to help facilitate healing. I first became an art educator after attending Frostburg State University. I spent 12 years gaining valuable experience teaching elementary, middle, and high school students.

In 2016, I decided to return to grad school. I earned my M.A. in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling from Seton Hill University. I know that I am now aligned with my purpose.

After working with individuals who had debilitating mental illnesses, I recognized that unresolved trauma was at the core of so many mental health issues. I continued to be curious about ways to help move through trauma. I became certified in ITR (Instinctual Trauma Response). Then I took a deeper dive into IFS (Internal Family Systems). It opened my eyes to a new process of self-discovery. Though I often incorporate a variety of counseling approaches, IFS in combination with the art making process has proven to be a great fit for many clients.

When I decided to open my own mental health & wellness studio, all of the pieces fell into place. Now I am able to help members of our community while doing something that I love. At Open HeART Space, you will find a safe & unique place to CREATE, EXPLORE, and HEAL. 

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Heather Togbetse
LPC, LCPC
Owner of Open HeART Space

Training and clinical experience using the following modalities & theoretical approaches:

*Art Therapy

*CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

*DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)

*Internal Family Systems

*ITR 

*Person Centered

Training and clinical experience working with people who are trying to cope with the following challenges:

*Adjustment Issues

*Anxiety/Stress management

*Bipolar Disorder

*Borderline Personality Disorder

*Depression

*Grief & loss

*Low self-esteem

*Psychosis

*PTSD

*Relationship Challenges

*Trauma

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