Welcome to USF and your Tampa Bay community!
I'm Heather Walders, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a long history with the University of South Florida. I played on the women's soccer team, was in the Honors Program, and earned a BA in Mass Communications here at USF back in 1998 and came back "home" later in life to get Masters Degrees in both Public Health and Social Work more than a decade later. Having been a military spouse for the 14 years in between, and moving around frequently, I had the opportunity to travel and work in a diverse array of fields around the globe using my communication and speaking skills in public relations and business management roles before finding my way to becoming a mental health therapist.
My passion lies in providing mental health counseling, outreach, and holistic emotional wellness development opportunities to individuals in the higher education environment to take with them throughout the many challenges and adventures life throws your way. Building independence and raising self-esteem towards becoming productive and successful adults in discovering your best selves is my ultimate goal for all USF students. My approach to therapy is humanistic and person-centered. I frequently implement mindfulness, meditation, and individual growth and awareness interventions in my therapy sessions. When I'm not on campus, I am exploring the great outdoors, volunteering with the Humane Society, providing therapy with my dog, gardening, raising butterflies, reading, running, and practicing yoga and meditation.
Clinical Interests: Humanistic Psychotherapy, Trauma-informed therapies, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Personality and Mood Disorders, ADHD, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, College Athletics, and issues impacting non-traditional students.
Approach to Supervision/Training: Competency Based Supervision Model
Affiliations & Roles: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Certified in Public Health (CPH), Dog Therapy Provider at Moffitt Cancer Center, Mental Health First Aid Trainer.