Heather Hanney Rask
PH.D., LMFT, LMHC – INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE, MARRIAGE, AND FAMILY COUNSELING IN BOCA RATON
Imagine that today you are one step closer to becoming who you want to be, uncovering 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 identify and resolve the challenges you face. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, you will unearth long-standing behavior patterns and/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, resolve difficulties in relationships, or hope to find new direction in life, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is ready to work with you to achieve your goals.
THERAPY AND COACHING SERVICES PROVIDED
Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. provides therapy and coaching to adults, adolescents,
couples and families in the Boca Raton, FL area.
Treatment specialization includes:
Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Transition from High School to College
Work and Career Transitions
Marriage & Family Challenges
Conflict Resolution and Communication Skills Development
Adjustment / Life Changes
Health Problems Related to Stress
Personal Goal Setting & Achievement
Walk & Talk Therapy (limited availability, physician approval required)
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR DOCTOR
Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. has a dual doctorate and is licensed in both Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. maintains a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. As a 4-time graduate of the University of Florida, with over 20 years of experience in a wide range of mental health settings, Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. is currently serving as a private practitioner, working with a broad spectrum of diagnoses. Among her areas of expertise are depression and anxiety, stress management, communication difficulties, relationship changes, family challenges, personal/career changes, divorce, and physical health problems rooted in stress. Dr. Heather Hanney Rask, Ph.D. uses an eclectic approach to therapy and 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.
Ph.D. Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida
Ed.S. Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida
M.Ed. Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida
B.S., Psychology, University of Florida
Licenses & Certifications
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) License #: MT2720
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) License #: MH10018
National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification #: 200526
Mentor Coach, LLC Training Program: Foundations ICF Accredited Program
Triple P Accredited Therapist (Positive Parenting Program)
Tobacco Cessation Treatment Certification
Applied Positive Psychology Credential
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
COUNSELING, THERAPY & PERSONAL COACHING IN BOCA RATON, FL
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 anxiety 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. This approach is grounded in a combination of Positive Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution- Focused Therapy, and Insight-Oriented Therapy.
Dr. Heather Hanney Rask provides coaching to individuals hoping to identify, set, and achieve goals. Coaching represents a partnership between the client and practitioner in which a focus on the client’s strengths is used to achieve personal and professional goals. Through the process of coaching, clients can 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.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COUNSELING
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 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. 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.
What is therapy like?
Therapy can be done in person, by phone, or virtually. 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 approximately 45 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
Once I begin therapy, will I have to continue indefinitely?
One of Dr. Heather Hanney Rask’s biggest goals is to help you find and use the strengths you have to become self-reliant and create a healthy and functional system of support. Therapy is used as the vehicle to get you to that place, not to create a long-term dependency.
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.
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, by phone, or virtually. 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.
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.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
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.