Get to know Heather Blackford, LMHC
What research, teachers, or mentors influenced your work the most? What difference did it make in your work?
One of my professors in graduate school told me that the world didn’t need another her – the world needed me. She taught me that I have a unique perspective to offer, which means that some clients will connect well with me, and for some it won’t be quite the right fit, and that’s ok.
What is the purpose of your professional work? In other words, why do you do what you do?
I majored in psychology because it was interesting and I had to pick a major. I decided to make counseling my career after I took a class called Interpersonal Communication, because I realized that all relationships could be improved if the people could communicate well with each other. I do this work primarily to help people improve the relationships in their lives, because we are wired to be connected socially, and it’s an integral element of good mental health.
What values do you want to promote at Family Psychology of South Bend?
I want to teach individuals, groups, and communities how to have a healthy relationship with food. I want to end weight stigma and be a voice that counters our image-obsessed diet culture. I want to support and encourage every person of every size to heal the relationship with their body.
Why did you choose to work at Family Psychology of South Bend?
I was drawn to the Adlerian values that John built into this practice. I want to be part of community outreach, making mental health available to the general public. I want to value and appreciate each person’s contributions and celebrate victories, while working collaboratively on strategic goals to overcome obstacles – I like to use this perspective in individual sessions as well.