Dr. Heller specializes in helping individuals optimize their mindset in order to perform at their highest level in every situation. Her areas of specialization include goal-attainment, stress management, attention control, mind-body recovery, relaxation strategies, mindfulness, biofeedback for self-regulation, and breathing training. Her professional experience includes working with individuals and teams in a variety of contexts such as Division I collegiate sports, high school sports, recreational athletes, corrections, and the military, in addition to providing educational workshops for professional development. Dr. Heller enjoys working in a multidisciplinary team atmosphere to meet the multifaceted needs of clients.
She received her B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, M.A. in Sport Psychology from McGill University, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. She is licensed to practice psychology in Virginia and California and is a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). She is a member of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and will become Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB) through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) by 2017.
Dr. Heller likes to spend her free time exploring restaurants, reading, yoga, hiking, and picking things up then putting them down (she likes to start her week with a nice set of squats). Dr. Heller was introduced to sport psychology as a junior athlete at the Olympic Training Center where she trained for luge.