Heather Hastie, LMSW
I’m an LMSW and I have over 15 years experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. For the last six years, I've worked as an Early Intervention Specialist and Intake/Service Coordinator with Babies Can't Wait, and have collaborated with families to provide ongoing services for their children by supporting their social, emotional, and cognitive development. I am an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Support Specialist, and am
trained in helping children process grief and trauma. I also work with families struggling with perinatal mood disorders as a coordinator for Postpartum Support International, and am in the process of completing facilitator certification in the Circle of Security (a framework for supporting
child/caregiver attachment). I'm currently training as a clinical social worker and play therapist under the supervision of Nora Blankenship, LCSW, and Leigh Ellen Watts Magness, LCSW, RPT-S.
I use a child-centered, trauma-informed approach to help you and your child work together towards social-emotional health and wellbeing. I work primarily with younger children (age 8 and under), and I believe that, especially when working with small children, mental health must be
evaluated and understood in the context of developmental capacity and caregiver relationships. With support and encouragement, early experiences and healthy attachment can teach children to regulate their emotions and form close relationships throughout their lives. Research tells us that play is the language children use to communicate, and I’m excited to work alongside you and your child to create a safe, nurturing environment for self-expression.