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Heather Batten, LCSW
The principles of community organizing also apply to my work as a therapist as I work to bring forth the sovereign power that is the birthright of each human.

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Heather Batten, LCSW

Location

Licensed in

NJ

Approach

Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I’ve spent my whole life in search of an understanding of myself, other people, and the systems around me. I have studied biology, religion, psychology, energy medicine, shamanic healing, holistic healing, and natural health. Healing comes by creating connections across all these systems in all time and space.

While studying family systems theory, I’ve found explanations for the unhealthy patterns in my own family. I’ve often felt alone, misunderstood, and stuck in life. When I connected feelings in my body to past trauma, my past, and the past of my culture and its systems, I could make life-changing shifts.

When I saw that systems were falling short of their mission I got involved in community organizing and activism. Community organizing is the process of building power through relationships. It is a way of making change involving bringing people together to understand problems, develop solutions, and influence structural change. I’ve always been inspired by the civil rights movement and how the power of the people and love can bring forth much more powerful change than any one leader. We can unknowingly surrender that power to others or systems. Community organizing helps us find that power within again.

The principles of community organizing also apply to my work as a therapist as I work to bring forth the sovereign power that is the birthright of each human.

Education

BA - Biology and Religion, Bucknell University

MSW - Social Work, Rutgers University

License Number and State

44SC05326400

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

My emotional world has always been deep and complex and studying mental health helped me to understand myself, first of all, and to understand the people and the world around me. Being able to share that experience and knowledge with others, especially when they are struggling, is deeply fulfilling.

What are your interests outside of work?

I am a mom and love learning from the amazing tiny human I have been blessed to guide in this life. Finding natural and holistic remedies for common illnesses is dear to my heart. My dream is to write down and organize my knowledge on the subject and have a dedicated space in my home for all my holistic remedies. I love astrology. My Sun is in Sagittarius, Moon in Cancer, and Ascendant is in Scorpio. I’d love to know yours, too!

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Slow down, find something to be grateful for, and laugh.

Do you have any pets?

I had dogs as a child. I plan to get one for the first time as an adult soon and I am so excited!