Heather McPaul, MS, LAC, NCC
Heather is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of New Jersey currently under supervision for her professional clinical license. She earned her Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration on Trauma and Crisis Counseling from Walden University.
Heather treats trauma, adults healing from painful childhood experiences, and people who feel like they are outsiders. She helps those that feel weird, quirky, or different ditch the anxious insecurities and love themselves. Heather finds creative ways to help those who feel separate from the world make a home within themselves. She provides support, a compassionate ear and creates a safe place to process and appreciate their story.
As a former member of the armed forces, Heather was drawn to working with veterans and first responders. Her passion for helping veterans has formed Heather’s mission to support these clients in restoring balance, finding healing, and building meaningful lives. Award winning journalist, Sebastian Junger highlighted the unique bond that occurs between military service members when faced with adversity. After being in the service for many years, Heather understands and has felt the powerful impact that this type of camaraderie holds and how important it is to the mission. At Mindful Soul, her therapy services provide struggling veterans with the tools to resolve issues, manage behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and gain perspective within a supportive environment that understands the veterans experience. Heather’s training in expressive art therapy helps give language to the unspeakable, healing to the invisible wounds, and insight into the darkness.
Heather is also a strong ally to those of unique lifestyles including the LGBTQIA community, child-free families, and those practicing alternative faiths. Heather supports those living unconventional lives and helps them to embrace their “otherness” while finding a sense of belonging. She helps those struggling with feeling disenfranchised to activate their inner power and own their right to happiness. She assists these groups in finding their true authentic voices and gives them the means to deal with the stress and emotions that come with going against the grain.
Heather’s unique approach is also ideal for artists, writers, musicians and other creatives. She helps those feeling blocked in their creative process find what holds them back. Heather helps creatives find their voice, unleash their talent and bring awareness to the emotions and patterns that may help or hinder their growth.
“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected”
Through a holistic and integrative approach Heather empowers, educates, and guides her clients towards healing and growth. She combines traditional talk therapy with creative and impactful interventions while bringing attention to the mind-body connection. Heather is a strong believer in the power of creative self-expression in therapy and the ability to heal through art. She has received her level 1 certificate for Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy through the Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and is working towards a certification in Focus-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT). She believes that creativity and self expression can unlock the subconscious and give a voice to the inner parts of us that have been silenced or wounded. Art encourages a deeper understanding of ourselves and allows the space for healing to begin.
In addition to individual therapy, Heather facilitates Mindful Soul’s Altered Books groups, which encourage participants to get in touch with their creative sides and build on their ability to cope with stress, let go of past pain, and accept support.