Jordan Heffner, M.A., M.A., LPCA
Ms. Jordan Heffner completed her undergraduate degrees at UNC Charlotte in 2015, where she double majored in Art and Psychology. During this time, she remained heavily involved in her community doing internships at both the Mint Museum and the Levine Children’s Hospital Arts for Life program, where she helped facilitate art activities for patients and their families suffering from long-term illnesses. Here, she found her calling towards working with children and adolescents. Ms. Heffner helped design and lead a fall festival to help raise money for the Arts for Life program, in addition to her involvement with the Patchwork Epiphany Project, which brought together UNC Charlotte students and the patients at Levine Children’s Hospital through the process of creating art.
After graduating from UNC Charlotte, she moved to Asheville, NC to fulfill her love of the outdoors and to be more closely involved with nature. Ms. Heffner worked as an Equine Specialist, with training in both EAGALA and Natural Lifemanship’s Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at Horse Sense of the Carolinas. Ms. Heffner worked with Horse Sense of the Carolinas for three years, working with a wide range of populations and mental health-related diagnoses including at-risk youth, veterans, substance abuse, trauma, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Ms. Heffner has also worked as a mentor at Solstice East, a therapeutic boarding school in Western NC that works with adolescent girls and their families. Ms. Heffner decided to pursue her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne Graduate University and completed her internship semesters here at ACAPS in August of 2019. She has since been hired on as a full-time employee doing both therapy and assisting with psychological testing.
As an LPCA, Ms. Heffner utilizes her background in trauma-informed practices to assist in her therapy work with clients. She also brings a unique set of skills incorporating experiential activities into much of her therapy work, including art therapy techniques and body-focused activities in order to help clients process information through various outlets in addition to talking. Ms. Heffner is passionate about working with children and adolescents, in addition to adults, who are struggling with relationships, feelings of shame or guilt, identity, and/or experiences of trauma.