Heather Valdez LCSW

Clinical Social Worker - ( at Sage Integrative Health)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) #86545

I am a Clinical Social Worker, licensed in the state of California (#86545). My practice currently includes individual and relationship therapy for adults. I believe that the mind and body are complementary parts of the self, and that our wellness is impacted by our social, cultural, and physical environments. I work to help identify and deconstruct systems of oppression and the impact these systems have on our mental health and wellness. I integrate this into the therapeutic process which I believe can be critical for healing. I also incorporate trauma-informed, harm reduction, insight-oriented, relational and mindfulness approaches into my practice, as well as the integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. I have expertise in queer identities and relationships, and have worked extensively with LGBTQIA+ populations and communities of color, both of which I identify with.

Some areas of focus within my practice include:

  • LGBTQIA+ populations and communities of color

  • Sexuality and gender identity

  • Non-monogamous, open, polyamorous, alternative relationships

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma processing - abuse, domestic violence, historical/ intergenerational trauma, sexual trauma, community violence, etc.

  • Substance misuse (harm reduction approach)

  • Grief and loss

  • Integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness


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