Psychotherapy for everyone

Coping with Parenthood

Dr. Heck is a general practitioner who is highly skilled at working with individuals with a broad range of concerns.  Due to her specialty training in character assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as her training in psychoanalytic psychology, she is facile at quickly understanding the people who come to her for treatment, and at helping them to quickly feel relief.  Dr. Heck works from a psychodynamic frame, which means that she incorporates her patient's histories, personalities, and relational styles into her work.  She believes that early relationships shape who we become, and that understanding these dynamics helps people to know themselves more deeply.  Dr. Heck's patients tell her that her psychotherapy process alleviates their symptoms of distress, enables them to meet their life goals, and improves their interpersonal relationships.  

Dr. Heck enjoys working with all types of people at all stages of life.  In particular, she has great success with people who are going through a life transition.  She also enjoys working with other mental health professionals, including those who are currently in training.  She believes that in order to be the best healer of others, practitioners need to be in good health themselves.  The best therapists are ones who have dealt with their own struggles successfully, so that they are able to relate to others without bringing their own issues into the work.

Dr. Heck also has longstanding expertise in helping new and experienced parents cope with issues of parenthood.  She been researching factors that affect parenthood for over 20 years, and is actively involved in the parenting and early-childhood treatment community in Philadelphia.  A parent herself, she firmly believes that the best gift to give the next generation is to support its parents.  

The transition to parenthood can be a difficult phase of life.  Parents often struggle with many issues, including postpartum emotions, parents’ return to work, decisions about childcare, the couple’s own relationship, relationships with extended family, and the general hassles of daily life.  Despite the many joys of having a new child, these stresses can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed, burned out, anxious, or depressed.  Caring for a baby or child can also call up positive and negative experiences that the parent had as a child with their own parents, which can in turn have an impact on the new parent-child relationship.

I firmly believe that the best gift to give the next generation is to support its parents.”