Heidi is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) Registered Drama Therapist and Board-Certified Trainer (RDT/BCT) Trainer, Education and Practitioner of Psychodrama (TEP), and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). Heidi is currently the community coordinator of mental health at a NYC high school for refugee and immigrant youth where she is working toward creating a trauma-informed system school-wide. Heidi worked at Creative Alternatives of New York, as Associate Executive Director of clinical and training programs where she helped to co-create the CANY model of trauma-informed drama therapy. Heidi has run trauma-informed Drama Therapy groups with many different populations, including refugee children and adults, adults and youth with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, youth in residential programs and therapeutic schools, and women and girls affected by violence. She is also in private practice where she sees clients and facilitates trainings nationally and internationally including on-going psychodrama training groups.
Heidi is an adjunct professor at New York University, Lesley University in MA, Concordia University in Montreal, and Yeshiva University. Heidi served two terms as the Education Chair for the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) and two terms on the executive council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).
Her research, publications, and presentations have included the topics of: trauma-informed work and systems, working with refugees and immigrants and the triple trauma paradigm, adolescent resistance, trauma in the classroom, group work, and psychodrama and resiliance. Heidi has completed post-graduate training in Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.