Meet Heather. Heather Madrid is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 5 years of experience working in a community mental health center, where she had experience working with a very wide variety of cases ranging from acute to chronic, and straightforward to complex. Heather utilizes a strengths-based approach and loves to teach dialectical behavioral skills. She treats each individual with warmth and respect and works with them on their unique needs. Outside of work Heather loves CrossFit and spending time outside hiking and running with her family and dogs. She is passionate about physical health and wellness as it goes hand in hand with mental wellbeing. Heather also enjoys cooking and spending as much time with her family as possible!
Q: How would you describe yourself as a therapist?
H: As a therapist, I would describe myself as compassionate, direct, and solution-focused while maintaining a strengths-based approach. Focusing on strengths that already exist can help the patient feel more confident in their own abilities.
Q: What’s your favorite family recipe? Will you share?
H: My family is full of excellent cooks so it is difficult to choose one recipe. My dad makes amazing spaghetti and my mom makes a shipwreck casserole that has potatoes, tomatoes, cheese, and meat. There is more to it than that, but I actually don’t have a recipe for it which is something I will remedy soon!
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
H: In my spare time I love to be active. I hike with my dogs, participate in CrossFit, and go on long runs. Anything that gets me out of the house and into nature.
Q: What is LIV to you?
H: The team at LIV is full of creative problem solvers who think well outside of the box to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of their patients. I am in awe of the capacity of this team. We have such genuine empathy for the people we get to serve.
Q: What advice would you give to someone struggling with the pandemic, mental health, or basic needs?
H: My advice to those struggling would be to reach out. Ask for help when needed and utilize the resources that are available. Keep in mind, this will pass.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do for self-care?
H: My favorite thing to do for self-care is meditating or practicing mindfulness. It helps to keep me centered.