Heather Lortie is a New York University trained clinician specializing in psychotherapy with adults, adolescents and children.

Trauma-informed psychotherapy puts the body - and love - back in mental health

"Psychotherapy heals when both therapist and client are equally invested in the relationship...the goal - to inhabit one’s body and relationships in new ways."


For the past 50 years, psychotherapy has taken a back seat to biomedical psychiatry, largely due to reliance on medications for the treatment of mental disorders. Yet clinical evidence increasingly points to chronic, unresolved traumatic stress as the source of many — if not most — mental disorders.

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Parents, teachers and caregivers are invited to an experiential workshop series designed to help you harness natural resilience and transform stressful experiences into opportunities for growth.

Drawing from the latest multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience learn an approach to preventing “stuck” responses to life stressors such as bullying, conflict, accidents, medical procedures, loss, and ongoing stressors. You will:
· Build your capacity to self-regulate and understand how your nervous system naturally discharges stress.

· Notice and move through uncomfortable sensations and emotions without undue stress and help others to do the same.

· Learn to trust involuntary reactions and strengthen your innate capacity to rebound.

* adapted from the work of Peter Levine, Maggie Klein and the Somatic Experiencing Institute. See also, Trauma Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience (2008) and Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing (2006).

Heather also holds an Ed.M in Human Development from Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked as a teacher, community organizer, facilitator, curriculum & staff developer. She has developed and led workshops on social, emotional and intercultural learning both in the U.S and abroad.

She has worked with a range of diagnoses and life stressors, including:

Anxiety and mood disorders
Posttraumatic stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma and Somatic concerns
Life Transition, Loss and Bereavement
Gender, identity and relationship issues
Childhood social, emotional and learning difficulties
Family dynamics, couples and parenting support

Please browse through Heather’s clinical and educational background below to get a better sense of her professional training, interests, and areas of expertise.

  • M.S.W. from New York University specializing in clinical treatment of children, adolescents and adults.
  • Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, A self-designed program focused on risk, resilience, and nurturing human development within family and community contexts.
  • B.S. in Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education from Boston University.
  • Intermediate Level training in Somatic Experiencing with Nancy Napier LMFT, Steve Hoskinson MA, MAT and Dave Berger MFT, LCMHC, at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, New York, NY.
  • Immersion & Essential Skills training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) with Diana Fosham Ph.D & Natasha Prenn, PhD.. AEDP Institute. New York, NY.
  • Levels 1 & 2, Brainspotting with Lisa Schwarz, New York, NY.
  • Deepening Clinical Practice: Race in Couple and Family Therapy & Addressing Collective Trauma in Clinical & Community Settings at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York, NY.
  • Getting to the Root of Pathology: Understanding and Treating Trauma with Dr. Patrick DeChello, PhD,, LCSW, RPH sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter.


  • (2015-2016) Counselor-on-call, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • (2012-2014) Psychotherapist for adults, children, families and couples, Fifth Avenue Counseling Center, New York, NY.
  • (2011-2012) School Social Worker at The School at Columbia University, New York, NY. (leave replacement)
  • (2010-2011) Clinical Intern, New York University Counseling Center, New York, NY.
  • (2009-2010) Clinical Intern, Child & Adolescent Unit, Psychiatric Emergency Room, Adult Outpatient Clinic, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, NY.


  • (2014-2016) Emotional 1st Aid: building capacity for self-regulation, attunement & resilience adapted for varied audiences including parents, undergraduates, faculty & teens.
  • (2015) Stress Management & Burnout Prevention
  • (2011) Motherless Daughters Series
  • (2000) Nurturing Families in Natural Environments, Early Intervention Consortium, Boston, MA.
  • (2000) Building Partnerships with Parents Series: Effective Listening & Communication, Childcare Choices of Boston, MA.
  • Social Work, New York State