COMPLEX TRAUMA, ADDICTION, NARCISSISTIC ABUSE
Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada and presents with a New York State license in clinical social work. Sheri is an addiction specialist, Ericksonian hypnotist, and interfaith minister, and is a seasoned psychodynamic therapist presenting with 30 years clinical and supervisory experience in the addiction and mental health fields. She holds degrees and certifications from Hunter College, New York University, The American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders, The N.Y. Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, and OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary.
Rev. Heller’s areas of expertise pertain to the comprehensive treatment of addictive disorders and complex PTSD, primarily rooted in child abuse and neglect and sexual abuse. She also specializes in women's issues and tapping into creative expression, and treats sundry diagnostic categories, such as narcissistic abuse syndrome, depression, and anxiety disorders. She has received level I certification in Dr. Karyl McBride's five-step recovery model for treating adult children of narcissists.
Sheri's treatment approach is both traditional and holistic as she incorporates a psychoanalytic and behaviorally oriented knowledge base with (12-step) philosophy, hypnosis, Gestalt techniques, Jungian psychology, and other diverse spiritual and creative vehicles.
Sheri is also the creator of a therapeutic theater project designed to inspire and encourage healing for at-risk underserved women and girls plagued by histories of childhood trauma, neglect and abuse. The Sistah Tribe Phoenix Project
Sheri's journey of recovery was told through an animated film short created by OC87 Recovery Diaries curator/filmmaker Glenn Holsten and animator Paul Fierlinger. As part of a one hour OC87 mental health special this short was aired on the PBS station WHYY
Additionally, Sheri is a free-lance writer, the author of A Clinicians Journey from Complex Trauma to Thriving: Reflections on Abuse, C-PTSD and Reclamation and Women on the Edge.
Rev. Heller is listed as a expert in the Women's Media Center's SheSource database, and a resource for HARO. She is also listed in the Hollywood Health & Society database as a mental health story consultant. Sheri is also a top Psychology & Mental Health writer on the Medium platform.
Lastly, Sheri is a travel enthusiast, nature lover, and perennial seeker, with an appreciation for the absurd. The arts in every medium, nourish her being.
I believe intrinsic change and healing is contingent on the individual’s commitment to truth and the courage to uphold one’s truth at all cost. The symptoms or illnesses one presents with are often metaphorical displays of the concealed or repressed ‘Self’ which seeks expression. Accordingly, the patient’s challenge is to reveal the ‘truths’ behind the symptoms or illness and to thereby experience the entire range of emotions inherent in reclaiming oneself.
Articles written by Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW