Heidi Michele Getsy has been providing counseling and trauma-related services since 1999. She began her extensive work history first as an employee of the FBI’s Innocent Images Initiative then as a forensic interviewer at Child Advocacy Centers and as an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Heidi’s clinical experience includes providing therapy for children and their caregivers with a focus on children with trauma experiences in the outpatient, community, and group settings.
Heidi has an extensive history of training parents, law enforcement, clinical professionals, attorneys, and advocacy groups on mental health issues, child abuse and other trauma-related topics, and prevention of victimization. Heidi also works with children and parents teaching them how to access their intuitive skills to help children grow in a safe and loving environment. She believes that every child has the right to feel and be safe and that skill building and awareness can build resilience to overcome traumatic events and protect children from potential victimization.
Along her professional journey, Heidi was exposed to holistic methods of healing that effectively help build resilience in survivors of traumas and compliment traditional interventions. In 2013, Heidi became a Reiki Master/Teacher and is able to incorporate spiritual and energy healing interventions to help children heal from emotional wounds and traumas, including children with PTSD.
Heidi received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Purdue University and a Master of Forensic Sciences Degree from National University. She became a Certified Trauma Practitioner through the National Center for Trauma and Loss in Children in 2013 after being trained in their Structured Sensory Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP) program. This program identifies the importance of using sensory interventions to help children process and heal from traumatic and grief/loss experiences. In 2016, Heidi completed the Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based therapy qualifying her to provide DBT treatment for adolescents to improve healthy distress tolerance skill usage and eliminate the use of suicidal and self-harming behaviors to regulate emotions.