Heather Orpel, LCSW

Biography

Heather has experience providing care for those struggling with intellectual disability, anxiety, addictions, grief and loss and cognitive impairment. She also assisted the caregivers and families by helping them learn ways to understand and support their loved ones more effectively. Heather is also open to helping those dealing with depression, life transition issues, spiritual issues, and pregnancy loss bereavement. Heather uses a strength-based approach in treatment to empower individuals to overcome obstacles and enrich their lives.  


Heather attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned bachelor's degree in Psychology (1997) and a master's degree in Social Work (2010). She also earned her LSW in 2011 and LCSW in 2013. She also enjoyed working with a team specializing in Dementia treatment as well as attending numerous classes focusing on addictions and cognitive impairment. Heather has worked in the mental health field for many years with experience including serving individuals in an acute care setting. Heather has worked in the field for 10 years and finds great reward in helping people gain self- confidence and life strategies that result in positive life changes. 


Heather was raised with a brother who has special needs. Through her experience, she was drawn to the mental health field in hopes of reaching out and supporting other individuals and families going through similar situations. Heather is a Christian and an active member at her church. She attends services and weekly bible studies as well as volunteering in the nursery. She is happy to use prayer and the bible in treatment when requested. She also understands if you would prefer to keep religion out of the treatment process. Aside from work, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 young children. They enjoy attending church activities, going camping and to amusement parks but also love quiet nights at home.