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Meet our Therapist Heather Dest

Heather Biggerstaff, LCSW

Heather Biggerstaff, LCSW

Heather Dest, LCSW has much experience working with adults and adolescents. She has a special place in her heart for working with adolescents. In sessions she pairs sensitivity with humor. She’s known to be kind yet direct. Heather uses evidence based orientations and allows her client’s needs to lead her approach. She primarily uses Solutions Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing.

Heather also loves working with anxiety suffers of all kinds and she has a special place in her heart for anxious overwhelmed teens and lost college students. Heather’s passion is helping all kinds of anxiety sufferers find peace within the panic; helping them find comfort and relief by focusing on the things they can control during those times when life seems out of control. Unrealistic worry about everyday things and physiological distress such as muscle tension, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and m headaches are a drag. Individuals struggling with anxiety often anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Heather uses CBT to help people untangle their thoughts and regain control of their lives.

“I love helping individuals who feel stuck find the feeling of freedom.” - Heather Biggerstaff

Heather has a passion for working with members of the LGBTQ+ fam. Heather is a LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist meaning she treats couples, families, and transgender individuals with the dignity, respect, and affirmation they deserve. Her motto is come and be who you are. She knows that individuals who identify as LGBTQ experience the same difficulties as everyone else in addition to LGBTQ specific stressors (coming out, rejection or punishment from family members, bullying and harassment, fear of discrimination in social and work situations, fear of physical violence, feeling alone and different, shame, and low self esteem or negative self-view.) Heather specializes in treating individuals working through gender and/or identity issues.

Heather is also passionate about working with loved ones of those with mental health issues, substance use issues, or chronic illness. Her true passion lies in treating individuals and families who have a loved one struggling with substance use, mental health issues, or chronic . Many family members of individuals struggling with these issues feel they don’t need therapy. Their loved one is the one with the easily identifiable problem. Heather believes there does not have to be a choice between my therapy or my loved ones therapy. She holds that it's important to understand that therapy can provide support for family members but also boost their loved one's health and chances of recovery as well. She helps parents, spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, and close friends who love someone struggling with mental health issues, illness, or addiction. Heather helps them to improve communication styles and relationship quality, focus on self care, help understand and address codependent behavior that may be inhibiting recovery, and more

Fun Fact:  Heather loves camping with her family and has plans to live on a farm one day.  

Specialties: 

  • Young Adults and Adults

  • Teen/ Adolescent Therapy

  • Co-dependency

  • Boundaries

  • Loved ones of individuals working though mental health issues

  • LGBTQA+ Fam

  • Anxiety

  • Anxious Over achieving Teens

  • Angry Teens

  • Lost College Students

Treatment Orientation:

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Strengths Based perspective

  • Solution Focused Therapy

EDUCATION 

UNDERGRADUATE, Heather received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from East Carolina University.

GRADUATE, Heather received a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.