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Heather Dowling Psychotherapy, LCSW

Heather S. Dowling is a licensed clinical social worker and faculty member at Yale University. She has a private practice where she treats adolescents and adults, specializing in individuals, families, recovery, mental health, and dual diagnosis. Her practice is integrative and incorporates breathwork, yoga, shamanic practices, somatic experiencing, and family constellations.

  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Women’s Mental Health
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • Connecticut
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“Emotional expression and authenticity are at the heart of all that I do.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My training has been a lifelong endeavor. My first introduction was to energy medicine and reiki in 1997. I was later introduced to shamanic practices, yoga, family constellations, sound healing, and movement therapy. Emotional expression and authenticity are at the heart of all that I do. I experienced the loss of my younger sibling, which compounded my desire to help people through life-altering experiences and transitions (including death and dying). I have worked with many populations, including children, youth, families, and adults. I have worked in hospitals, juvenile detention facilities, outpatient settings, and private practice settings. I have experience working with people who have mental health issues and dual diagnosis. Currently, I specialize in integrative therapies, including mind-body-spirit connections. I use several different modalities, including meditation, yoga, breathwork, sound, CBT, and DBT.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to have 3-4 sessions with a person to make sure that we are a good match. I am an adjunct faculty member at The Graduate Institute for Consciousness Studies.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend workshops, complete CEUs, and engage in personal and professional development.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have training in cultural competency and have worked with many diverse and multicultural populations, including consultation with Native American populations in Montana.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I enjoy the benefits of telehealth because it allows people to experience therapy from the comfort of their own home or office. This is a great way to experience therapy while in the safety and comfort of your own space.
“I specialize in integrative therapies, including mind-body-spirit connections.”
Interested in speaking with Heather?