WHAT MAKES A GREAT THERAPIST?
“Presence, the ability to remain centered and resonate in a primitive way with your clients. The ability to connect with their inner world, nervous system to nervous system. Let difficult feelings and sensations move through you, showing your client how to feel their feelings, and then let them go. The treatment modality is only 15% of the therapy, and 85% is the relationship you develop together.”
Heidi Langley is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and also the director of REFOCUS child and family therapy. This is a therapeutic and support service to assist children and women with trauma, attachment issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and various other emotional and mental difficulties, just to mention a few.
Work experience and background
Heidi has worked across the mental health sector for the past 21 years since graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work (BA SW) from The University of Pretoria, in South Africa. She has worked in two countries. She has mainly worked in the private sector, in various private practices and counselling centers. Her work experience include working in the area of clinical therapeutic social work with women and children and parenting programs to help parents on their journey with their children.
Heidi’s therapeutic approach is client-centered, systems focused, strengths-based and she incorporates evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and commitment Therapy, Systems Theory, Attachment Therapy and Trauma Therapy; whilst tailoring various treatment models to suit each person’s individual needs, goals, values and strengths.
What will you experience at REFOCUS?
Heidi brings compassion, care, a listening ear, love and a non-judgmental attitude to her work at all times. She has a passion to help and encourage others on their life journey to wholeness.
“I’m in it with you.
I’m not here to fix you.
I’m not here to feel it for you.
I’m here to feel with you and let you know you’re not alone.”
Heidi is also a member of the AASW which is a professional association for Social workers and is committed to continuing professional development to ensure that her clients benefit from the latest knowledge and skills that she incorporates in her work. Heidi regularly participates in a variety of professional forums, practice groups, webinars, conferences and other training events.
Heidi also provides supervision and training to health professionals
and social work students around social work practice.