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Meet Associate Clinical Social Worker, Heather Mazzei

Heather Mazzei, ACSW | Clinical Associate

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Heather Mazzei earned her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from California State University Long Beach (CSULB), focusing on integrated mental health and human sexuality. She is passionate about helping individuals uncover their authentic selves through the therapeutic process. 

Heather believes relationships are the central aspect of a healthy, satisfying life and wants to help each client find deeper meaning and peace. She is an advocate for sexual health, women’s empowerment, and believes all individuals can experience a healthy sex life and positive sexual expression. 

Her training at CSULB emphasized Humanistic Psychology and the consideration of all pieces of an individual’s life when treating dysfunction. As an Associate Clinical Social Worker, Heather is committed to honoring the dignity and worth of all individuals and to offer individual and couples’ counseling services that respect each person’s unique differences. 

After discovering her initial professional path was not fulfilling, Heather gave considerable thought to her next steps. She realized clinical work and direct service would provide her with what she truly wanted, to engage in deep and meaningful connections and healing. 

Heather believes that sex and relationships are what provide color and challenge in life. As such, she works with individuals and couples who are looking to explore their sexuality, are seeking self actualization, and those looking to invest in their mental health deeply. 

 “Sex is a sacred energy source, where one’s creativity, passion and being can be found, and as such, I see it as essential to explore this piece of you, deeply.” 

– Heather Mazzei, ACSW –

Heather believes in order to have great relationships and great sex, the relationship with your self must come first. You are the only person who gets to love you forever, so start with you. For her, therapy is about helping you learn who you are, so you can live and love more freely.  She views sex as a sacred energy source, where one’s creativity, passion and beingness can be found, and as such, she sees it as essential to explore this piece of you, deeply.

 Heather is currently accepting clients in California.

 

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What is Heather's Approach?

 

Under the supervision of Dr. Kate Balestrieri, Heather is specializing in sex and intimacy issues with the goal of becoming a Certified Sex Therapist.

She is an individual and couples therapist, and will facilitate the discovery of the root of your concerns and help you begin the process of transformation.  Therapy is not a quick fix, and Heather believes finding the right therapist is an integral part of your journey.

With a focus on integration, Heather recognizes each individual as unique and caters her treatment based on your needs and goals.  She is committed to offering both top-down and bottom-up approaches to therapy, meaning she integrates both cognitive and somatic based modalities into her work. She employs a wide-ranging approach to treatment and utilizes components from various modalities, including but not limited to: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM)
  • Mindfulness
  • Attachment theory
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Humanistic psychology
  • Feminist theory

“I am committed to helping clients discover how and what it means to create the life they want.”

– Heather Mazzei, ACSW

For Heather, therapy is about helping you learn who you are, so you can live and love more freely.  She views sex as a sacred energy source, where one’s creativity, passion and essence can be found, and as such, she sees it as essential to explore this piece of you, deeply. 

 

Heather is a professional member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Heather’s Recent Blogs

Prior to beginning her journey as a psychotherapist, Heather worked for a non-profit organization that provided recovery support services to those with substance use disorders and also served as a community college counselor. She loves educating and wants to answer your questions about why you are the way you are and how you can become the person you wish to be. Having witnessed personally the benefits of psychotherapy, Heather firmly believes in the privilege and transforming power of the therapeutic relationship and wants you to obtain the utmost from the therapeutic experience.

Heather is Innovative

Heather is passionate about helping women rediscover and reignite their sexual being and helping men increase their emotional awareness and resilience.  

Open to new ideas, Heather has recently begun exploring the research on psychedelic therapy, and supportive integration to uncover new meaning, intentions for the future, and processing traumas.  

Heather takes a modern approach to understanding and recovering from infidelity, betrayal trauma and the stories of both partners. 

Addressing sexual dysfunction and its psychological efects and etiologies, Heather helps people claim the relationship with sex that they desire. 

Principally, she is committed to helping clients discover how and what it means to create the life they want. 

“I have always had a proclivity for the provocative, so emphasizing sexual and relational dynamics suits my personality and my clinical work.”

– Heather Mazzei, ACSW

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