Counseling Services

Healing Hearts provides counseling for children, adolescents, adults, and families. We address issues related to adoption, foster care, trauma, abuse, neglect, abandonment, multiple moves, out of home placement and general mental health. Our counseling services are grounded in research-based practices from Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.


Information required from the family at the first session are: Insurance card, receipt of privacy practices, informed consent, intake questionnaire, financial responsibility form, and attachment disorder checklist.

Please note that an initial appointment and evaluation does not guarantee ongoing mental health services at Healing Hearts. The evaluation is used to identify the issues, make recommendations, and determine if Healing Hearts is the right fit for the family.


The therapist(s) conducting the evaluation will review records such as protective service investigative reports, social histories, adoption summaries, police reports, previous psychiatric, psychological, and social work evaluations, medical records, school records, treatment records, etc.

The informed consent document(s) and other releases are reviewed and signed at the initial session. The initial session involves obtaining signatures and background information. Families must come without children present for the first session. The second session testing is completed with the client. The third meeting either the testing is discussed or, if therapy is for someone under the age of 18, a parent is asked to complete parental assessments in the Healing Hearts clinic.

Written Comprehensive Assessment

Families can request a full written description of the Interviews, Interpretations, and Recommendations. This Written Assessment is not included in the cost of the evaluation. The Comprehensive Assessment must be requested in writing. A separate contract must be obtained for this service.

»Treatment for Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

»Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: an Evidence-based Treatment for Disorders of Attachment; the Emprirical Support


Healing Hearts offers neurofeedback for children with attachment and trauma issues and those who have been diagnosed with autism.

Neurofeedback services are only offered to those seeing a therapist at Healing Hearts. However, we offer an exemption to this rule to clients from the following clinics: Children's Therapy Network and New Horizons Vision Therapy Center, Integrated Developmental Services. Healing Hearts also offers an exemption from the criteria for children diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum. We require collaboration with the family's therapist and prescribing doctor on a regular basis for this service.

We are able to bill in and out of insurance networks for this service. Currently most insurance companies are seeing our outcomes and have offered payment for these services. Unfortunately, Medical Assistance will not cover this service.

» Neurofeedback, Affect Regulation and Attachment: A Case Study and Analysis of Anti-Social Personality

Neurofeedback Testimonial from a Child

"After I started neurofeedback, I started to have people trust me and I was really happy. I think it's good now because I don't have to worry about being crazy, bossy, mean, pushy, and I don't need to worry about shut downs as much, also flashbacks. It is a lot of fun being helpful and nice and caring and not being mean and having attitude. It's a lot fo fun being switched around to normal."

Interactive Metronome®

The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a therapeutic assessment and training program that improves attention, concentration, motor planning and sequencing. Improvements in those areas result in stronger motor control and coordination, enhanced balance and gait, and improved language and cognition.

IM integrates sight, sound and physical movements to improve working memory, attention, processing, sequencing, and motor coordination.

The need for Interactive Metronome® is determined by a thorough evaluation. At Healing Hearts, we use Interactive Metronome® in combination with psychotherapy.

»Effect of Interactive Metronome Training on Children with ADHD

»Timing in child development

»Interactive Metronome-Underlying Neurocognitive Correlates of Effectiveness

»Learning Problems and the Left Behind

Integrated Listening System

Speaking Engagements and Workshops


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma & Attachment Issues in Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Friday August 15, 2014 from 8:30am - 12:30pm at the Waisman Center in Madison, WI
For more information, please visit the Waisman Center website

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma & Attachment Issues in Adults with Developmental Disabilities Part 2
Friday September 5, 2014 from 8:30am - 12:30pm at the Waisman Center in Madison, WI
For more information, please visit the Waisman Center website

Workshops offered:

  • Overview of attachment and trauma issues
  • Sensory Issues and Emotion
  • Basic Principals of Treatment
  • Parenting children with trauma and attachment issues
  • School-based interventions with trauma and attachment issues


Schools, therapists, and mental health agencies are able to contract with Pat Ann for consultation, supervision, and training. Professionals working with attachment and trauma issues have found it helpful to consult regarding atypical situations and cases. Her experience and expertise in the field of attachment, adoption, and foster care can provide direction, understanding, and break-throughs in difficult cases.