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.

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Many clients need additional help with regulation before they can handle emotional stress in psychotherapy. Healing Hearts offers Neurofeedback in many of these cases for children with attachment, trauma issues and those who have been diagnosed with autism.

All behaviors and emotions are based on brainwave functioning. Neurofeedback helps calm specific areas, which then allows clients to process strong emotions, decrease anxiety and widens their ability to tolerate stress in their environment. It observes the brain in action from moment to moment and exercises the brain to function at it's fullest potential.

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

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.

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»Interactive Metronome-Underlying Neurocognitive Correlates of Effectiveness

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Integrated Listening System

iLs programs improve emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information. With improved regulation and processing, our ability to focus, think, and engage succcessfully in social situations also improves.


iLs has global effect on the brain and central nervous system, influencing the following systems and their function: auditory, visual, vestibular (balance and coordination), motor, cognitive (thinking and reasoning) and emotional. As a result, it is successfully applied to a wide variety of conditions:

  • Learning - Building the skills which enable success in school: attention, reading, visual and auditory processing, memory, self-expression, social skills

  • Performance Optimization - Improving processing speed and timing (athletics), creativity and imagination (arts and business), self-esteem and self-confidence (personal development)

  • Neuro-Developmental, ASD - Achieving therapeutic goals related to emotional and behavioral regulation, sensory processing, communication and social skills; examples: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy

  • Psychological/Emotional - Improving attention, emotional balance and vitality

  • Rehabilitation - Recovering energy and skills related to language, movement and cognitive function (memory, organization, planning) after a stroke or head injury

  • Consultation and Supervision

    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.

    Speaking Engagements and Workshops


    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