Dr. Steve D. Heitkamp
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy
American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) Fellow
Executive Director – Horizon Hope Counseling, Inc.
618-367-2194 - O'Fallon, IL
A PLACE TO HEAL, THE COURAGE TO CHANGE……..
This is the phrase I used to describe the work I do and the goal for which I have invested most of my adult life.
Milton Erickson stated “Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.” People come to my office and talk for a variety of reasons. I will say that most come because of something or a series of somethings have happened in their life for which they need to think it through with the compassion of another person to find meaning and something on the other side of what they are experiencing.
People often ask me why people come to therapy. Some come for themes which persist from their childhood for which they want peace. Some come dealing with relationship issues of various kinds. Some simply seek a listening ear as they seek to make a decisions or series of decisions for what is next in their life. I will walk with you as you discern what is the next step or steps.
The list goes on: Depression, Anxiety, developing better communication skills for work and relationships, a multitude of mental health themes and themes related to addiction and substance abuse, and issues of sexuality. Sometimes therapy is used alongside medication to find healing. Other times, talk therapy alone will be enough.
This place is open for each of you to find your way to health and healing which takes work and courage to venture through.
What I have come to realize in 20 years of clinical practice is that I don’t have all the answers, but what I do have is a voracious curiosity and inquisitive spirit that searches alongside of you for the why and what next. I am committed to you and your healing process as I sit with you.
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Louisville, KY (2003)
Doctor of Ministry: Pastoral Counseling/Psychotherapy
Care and Counseling Clinical Residency. St. Louis, MO (2002)
3 year Training and Clinical Experience. Post Graduate Training in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy. Focus on Psychodynamic and Systems Theory.
Asbury Theological Seminary. Wilmore, KY (1991)
Masters of Divinity
Asbury College. Wilmore, KY (1987)
Bachelor of Arts: Major - Psychology (Double Major in Clinical and Counseling Foundations) Minor in Christian Education
Professional License, Certifications:
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) Illinois License Number: #180006995
Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (2002)
Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church Elder - (1993); Deacon - (1991)
- Appointed to UM Congregationss in Indiana and Illinois 1989-2002.
- Appointed to Care and Counseling 1999-2008.
- Appointed to Horizon Hope Counseling, Inc. 2008.
Substance Abuse and Dependance Training for Clergy and Faith Communities: (2005)
Training provided by US Dept. of Health and Human Servies: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in cooperation with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI): (2004)
Interpretation and Analysis - Training in Minneapolis, MN
Clergy Testing and Interpretation Team of Care and Counseling: (2002-2007)
Specialized traininng in interpretation, interviewing, and writing reports for Clergy Candidates in the United Methodist Church and other judicatories, throughout Illinois and Missouri.
Counseling and Psychotherapy Specialties:
Counseling and Psychotherapy: to Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Children, Adolescents with problems such as, anxiety depression, life transitions, school concerns, grief, and loss.
Clinical Work with Clergy/Clergy Families:
- Psychotherapy/Counseling with Clergy/Clergy Families in Multiple Denominations
- Experience in Training Pastors in Referral and Pastoral Counseling Education
- Experience in Consultation to Clergy and Ministry issues/dynamics.
Facilitator of Family of Origin Systems Group for Episcopal Leaders of Episcopalian Church:
- Serve as the Consultant to 8 Bishops of the Episcopalian Church for Two-Day Retreats, three times/year. (2005-2019)
- Member of the Faculty of Care and Counseling 2003-2008. Instructor in the following areas: Faith and Family of Origin and Helping Professional Systems, Pscyhodynamic Psychopathology. Faculty of the Pastoral Care Specialist Program of Care and Counseling.
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