Heather Raitz, LMSW, CADC, ADS, EMDR Trained

Sterling Heights, Telehealth
Heather Raitz, LMSW, CADC, ADS, EMDR Trained

Specializing in:

  • Bereavement/Grief
  • Children & Adolescents
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Family
  • Parenting
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • Trauma/Abuse/PTSD

Reaching out and asking for help takes courage. Especially when that help involves discussing personal experiences which may bring up negative thoughts about ourselves and make us feel vulnerable.  I appreciate the effort you have taken to find a compassionate environment; where you can gain insight and life-long skills to approach your setbacks from a different perspective. My goal is to assist you to become more aware of the unique strengths and characteristics you already possess which will allow you to navigate your current life circumstances with greater self-awareness and confidence, while you develop person-centered alternatives. My door is open for individuals who are specifically looking to identify and address the Cause. This chosen process examines childhood wounds to resolve current symptoms. We develop an experience of safety so you can move toward optimal growth, healing, recovery, and ultimately resiliency to situations that challenge old ways of thinking. A list of how to or quick tips are not sustainable and potentially increases anxiousness and worry that is difficult to control. We cannot think our way out of problems. Effective therapy begins with a bottom-up approach that enhances emotional regulation. A starting point to do this hard, important, and rewarding work.

I am confident our work together will be an alliance that is supportive, goal orientated, and thought-provoking. Our working alliance is established by providing an eclectic strengths-based perspective, which means I help you build upon your individual gifts and resources so that you can come from a place of strength as you learn and grow. As a Clinical Social Worker, I gather information from all aspects of your life; Biological, Psychological, Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Experiences. Once a thorough evaluation is completed, I apply research-based techniques and tools individualized for your needs. The therapy will be a collaborative effort, with the goal of recognizing and reinforcing your potential. My specific area of practice essentially targets unresolved childhood attachment ruptures or the wounds that are expressed as anxiety, depression, anger, addictions, codependency, grief and loss, numbing, acute stress and trauma. When repeated experiences of chaos and suffering occur, we acquire and at times, overdevelop defenses to maximize any sense of safety and connection. As a result, emotional reactivity and the breakdown of problematic behaviors become the barriers to cultivate healthy relationships. This reinforces our negative beliefs and fears. It is typically at this point we become motivated to seek help. It is my intention to be objective and nonjudgmental while you attend to your ‘stuck-points.’  

~I look forward to meeting you! I am passionate and committed to guiding you through the healing process toward experiencing wholeness and authenticity~