Through her new counseling practice, Heather Sherman hopes to support members of the Estacada community.
"I have a child in Estacada schools, and so I've gotten to know Estacada in the last few years, and I've noticed that Estacada doesn't have as many mental health services," said Sherman, a licensed clinical social worker. "I thought this would be a good place (to offer counseling).
In April, Sherman opened her practice at 366 S. Broadway St. Previously, she worked in Vancouver but has spent the last several years focused on her children. In her current practice, she plans to work with teens and adults.
To facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sherman is offering appointments via telehealth.
"We go through a lot of tissues in our profession, and we can't hand them to (our clients) if they're crying (in a virtual session)," she said, noting that she's found other ways to support clients during this time. "With COVID, so many people's lives have been turned upside down, and they're anxious."
She's also appreciated becoming part of the Estacada community.
"I've really enjoyed watching some of the businesses come alive again, and meeting the other small business owners," she said.
Sherman also noted that she's open to adapting her offerings based on the community's needs.
"I'm not set in my ideas about what this is going to look like," she said. "I'm excited to see how this evolves over time. I'm happy to talk to anyone about their needs, whether I can help or find them somewhere else."
More information about Sherman's practice is available at beheardplace.com.
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