Heather Hanny Rask, PH.D., LMFT, LMHC

INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE, MARRIAGE, AND FAMILY COUNSELING

Today you are one step closer to a New You, where you have uncovered your true potential in order to lead a life worth celebrating. As a therapist, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask’s goal is to assist you to feel empowered, on a positive path to growth and well-being. Together, you can work with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. to resolve the challenges of your life and understand the difficulties of the past. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, you will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be preventing you from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you are ready to move in a new direction in your life, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is ready to work with you to achieve your goals. So keep in mind that if you really want Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. to work with you for therapy, Please call or email Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. for an individual therapy or coaching consultation today.

SERVICES PROVIDED

Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. provides counseling, coaching and therapy to adults and adolescents.

Treatment specialization includes:

Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Stress Management
Parenting Support
Grief Counseling
Transition from High School to College
Work and Career Transitions
Relationship Changes
Conflict Resolution and Communication
Adjustment / Life Changes
Infertility
Health Problems Related to Stress

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL COACHING

Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to health-related problems, goal achievement and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each of her clients’ individual needs, helping them attain their desired personal growth.

COMMON QUESTIONS

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D.. Sometimes, it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such, as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there is nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. Therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. Therapists like Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors like Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists like Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. include:

Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists like Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D., such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy with Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D.:

Compassion, respect and understanding
Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
Real strategies for enacting positive change
Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

What is coaching?

Coaching represents a partnership between the client and practitioner in which a focus on the client’s strengths are used to achieve personal and professional goals. Through the process of coaching, clients are able to deepen their learning, improve their performance in various areas, and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaching is implemented using the foundations of Positive Psychology, a scientifically-based discipline that for the past decade has been researching and developing the keys to optimal human functioning.

How can coaching help me?

Coaching can help you achieve your long-desired goals or enhance your life in a variety of ways. A coach provides you with support, structure, problem-solving skills, and accountability to boost your motivation and help you to break down and organize your goals, making them manageable and achievable. The process allows you to define and achieve your goals with greater ease and less time than doing so alone.

What is coaching like?

Coaching can be done in person or by phone. Your coach will help you to establish the goals or desires you have for yourself and work with you to develop a plan for achievement. The use of assessments in the initial phase of coaching are common to help you identify your greatest personal strengths. Sessions typically range between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching can be provided in both short-term and long-term formats, dependent upon established goals. The person best suited for working with a coach is one who is aware that change is needed and is ready to take action.

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Therapy may be covered by your insurance plan, however coaching is not.

To determine if you have mental health coverage for therapy, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Are therapy and coaching confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

ABOUT ME

Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. has a doctorate in Marriage & Family Counseling and specializes not only in all aspects of couple, marriage and family therapy, but in individual therapy and coaching as well. Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. maintains a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. With nearly a decade of experience in the field of mental health, and as a graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among the areas of expertise of Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. are depression and anxiety, stress management, communication difficulties, relationship changes, life / career changes, divorce, infertility, and physical health problems rooted in stress. Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. uses an eclectic approach to therapy, with significant foundations in solution-focused therapy and positive psychology. Dr. Heather Hanney Rask’s therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are striving to accomplish.

Education

Ph.D. Marriage & Family Counseling University of Florida

Ed.S. Marriage & Family Counseling University of Florida

M.Ed. Marriage & Family Counseling University of Florida

B.S. Psychology University of Florida

License, Certifications & Awards

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) License #: MH10018

National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification #: 200526

Additional Training

Mentor Coach, LLC Training Program: Foundations ICF Accredited Program

Triple P Accredited Therapist (Positive Parenting Program)

Professional Activities and Memberships

American Counseling Association

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

National Board for Certified Counselors

Florida Counseling Association

Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

CONFIDENTIALITY & PRIVACY POLICY

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. will take further measures without their permission that are provided to her by law in order to ensure their safety.

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