A Little Bit About Me
When Nothing is Sure, Everything is Possible
DR. HEATHER M. EHINGER
I have been curious about relationships from early on. I received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Denison University in the early '80s, had my family, and then pursued my profession during my 40s, graduating from Fairfield University and becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In my early 50s, I completed my education with a Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision. Throughout my career, I remained loyal to the subject of how we “do” relationships and how we can heal them. I am armed not only with my education but with experience from my own life as a once-wife, a proud mother of 3, and my own journey through divorce and re-partnering. I know firsthand how challenging life can be, sometimes how scary and often how frustrating.
During the last 20 years, I have counseled thousands of couples, families, and individuals in their matters of the heart. I have a passion for improving the lives of my clients and their families, always seeking new ideas and methods for improving myself as a professional and a person. My professional membership, including The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, The American Counseling Association, The International Family Therapy Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, provide me with a wide breadth of opportunities for learning, leading and growing for the ultimate purpose of improving your outcomes.
My passion for professional self-improvement has propelled me towards leadership in my field. I am an AAMFT-approved supervisor, providing me the opportunity to not only treat clients but teach others coming up behind me. I have participated in my professional organization through leadership roles including my term as President of the Connecticut Division of AAMFT. I have periodically been an adjunct professor at a local university. My current role as a family consultant and advisor is the accumulation of these many years of training, experience and practice.
My past projects prior to the pandemic include creating The MacLetchie Institute for training which provided supervision and educational opportunities for advanced clinical training of systemically minded professionals. I have been working since on an upcoming book about relationships and divorce, Grounds for Divorce, A Wake-up Call. This work came about as a result of hearing countless stories of marriage and witnessing profound family trauma around divorce. I live in Weston Connecticut with my partner and co-conspirator, Jim Cosby. Together we work, travel far and wide visiting our 7 children. We aspire to help others form better connections as one means to bring more joy to the world.