Hi! I’m Heather.
I am a coach, consultant, therapist, and community organizer. I provide healing space to explore privilege, power, and trauma with the goal of envisioning and embodying heart-centered equity. I use my anti-racist training, claircognizant intuition, and Sagittarian truthfulness to partner with white folks who also feel a deep sense of inner turmoil over the state of our collective community.
Since age five, I felt that something was wrong with how Black and brown people were treated but I did not have the language, education or guidance to understand. I have longed for community and connection for many years and find racism has created a barrier to authentic relationships with people of color and even among white people. My mission has become to reconnect with the parts of myself that were lost when I and my ancestors were socialized to and internalized whiteness. My vision is to create relationships and community where people can be seen and valued.
I am a graduate of Bucknell University with degrees in Biology and Religion where I cofounded the Student Coalition for Equal Justice and was mentored by African American History Professor, Dr. Leslie Patrick. I graduated from Rutgers University with a Master of Social Work and have worked for 19 years as a clinical social worker and consultant in nonprofits and state agencies serving children and families. I am an antiracist community organizer with 22 years of experience and during that time have served in leadership roles in six multiracial, antiracist collectives, one for over a decade. I also have been a resource trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond based in New Orleans, LA.
I founded The Growing Edge in 2014 as a place to explore white culture and internalized racial superiority for those wanting to heal and create a world based on equity and accountability. I have presented trainings and workshops on topics including “Talking to Children about Race”, “A Model for Becoming an Antiracist Nonprofit Organization” and “Complex Developmental Trauma”.
I love astrology, buying books I intend to read, burning candles and going to the beach. I read constantly on holistic health and nutrition and have a plethora of home remedies in my mental library. I have always had an interest in what has been lost and hidden (thanks to my Scorpio Ascendant and Venus placements). I am studying ancestral healing practices as a way to bring together my therapeutic healing work, interest in the mind-body connection, claircognizant and empathic intuitive abilities and the lost connection to my Nordic and Celtic ancestors.
Above all else, my most important role has been mother to my Piscean daughter. I am deeply committed to breaking patterns of systemic, familial and internal abuse to create a life of self-love, connection and joy for my child. Parenthood has been a journey of continual learning in order to navigate with integrity and accountability the all-encompassing love and the enormous responsibility of raising a child with an open heart and an analysis of the world.