“Your journey has molded you for your greater good,
and it was exactly what it needed to be.
Don't think you've lost time.
There is no short-cutting to life.
It took each and every situation
you have encountered to bring you to the now.
And now is right on time.”
"May I become at all times, both now and forever, a protector for those without protection. A guide for those who have lost their way. A ship for those with oceans to cross. A bridge for those with rivers to cross. A sanctuary for those in danger. A lamp for those without light. A place of refuge for those who lack shelter. And a servant to all in need."
Heather J. McPaul, MS, LPC, GC-C, ACS
Owner & Operator
My name is Heather McPaul and I am a professional counselor licensed in the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and am a clinical supervisor and practice executor. I am a military veteran, a certified running coach, an artist, an author, a wife, and a rescue dog enthusiast. I love to travel, watch Netflix documentaries, garden, run half marathons, and last but not least, I love the work that I do!
I specialize in working with adults who are going through difficult times in their lives and need to regain their sense of balance. I work with people who want to get their lives in better shape and what I enjoy most about this work, is being the guide that shows you what you're capable of achieving. It is my honor to assist each individual in their journey toward a healthier and happier life!
NJ Lic #: 37PC00661600 ┃ PA Lic #: PC012833 ┃ NPI #: 1760849251
Survivors of Abuse and Neglect
I support adults in exploring the impacts of childhood abuse (sexual, physical or emotional) and/or neglect on their self-esteem and relationships. From being raised by a narcissistic parent to the developemental impacts of corporal punishment, I help survivors of child abuse build on their resiliency skills and get on the path of self-compassion, recovery and healing.
Exposure & Stress Recovery
I guide military veterans in recovering from their professional experiences. As a battlebuddy in the mission to restore their mental health, I help them to mitigate re-experiencing, avoidance and reactivity responses that are still impacting their lives post-service. Veterans will finally be able to take their leave of the past and look forward to a healthier future.
Healing The Mind and Body
I help survivors of sexual assault to manifest a greater purpose and reclaim their lives. I help to bridge the gap between the mind and body and update the systems that may still be stuck in past experiences. Survivors will finally be able to create a healthy sense of self, empowered to take on the world.
Loss & Bereavement Support
I am able to create a peaceful, supportive and compassionate space that allows for the reconnection and continuation of the relationships with those that have passed away. From the loss of a family member, to the death of a pet, learn how to redefine your life after loss, while honoring your emotions, your memories and their stories.
My approach to counseling is informed by a holistic, trauma-informed, internal family systems (IFS) model that gently focuses on mind-body connection while understanding and caring for our learned behaviors, impulses, and survival modes. This enables clients to restore internal balance and trust and helps clients to reconnect with their "Self" in a healing and meaningful way.
Outdoor Movement Therapy
I offer clients a chance to literally move through emotions and process their thoughts by moving their bodies at a pace that feels comfortable.
Whether a fast run or a slow walk, we will work through challenges while regulating brain chemistry, channeling energy and developing a better internal relationship with the support of a green, relaxing environment.
Premier Treatment For Trauma
As a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist, I know this modality can be especially useful in reprocessing events and memories that stick with us and impact our ability to live a peaceful and healthy life. It is helpful in relieving the effects of traumatic events by easing unwanted behaviors and intrusive thoughts.
Using Creative Arts to Heal
As a level 2 Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapist and a level 1 Focus-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT) practitioner, I find creative means to help clients connect to their subconscious, address fears, regulate emotions, and access their intuition for a calmer, clearer, and more fulfilling life.