Heidi lives in the Finger Lakes Region of New York where she divides her time between social work, adjunct faculty work, and immersing herself in the natural world and the creative process. Having worked with various populations deeply affected by emotional, physical, and sexual trauma, Heidi has spent much of her career educating herself and others on trauma and its impact on people's lives. She has worked as a child advocate for victims of abuse and worked closely with families who have experienced domestic violence. She has also volunteered as a certified rape counselor and worked to educate the community about sexual violence by serving on speaker's bureau. Heidi also serves on the advisory board of Pandora's Aquarium, Inc.
Working as a mental health professional and drawing from personal experience, Heidi recognizes the need to educate others about dissociative disorders. Diagnosed with DID in 1999, there were few places to gain accurate information about dissociative disorders.
Heidi began her path towards healing once she was able to connect with others who survived trauma in similar ways and by understanding the profound effect trauma has on an individual's will to survive. She is proud to serve on the board of An Infinite Mind, working to transform the misconceptions of dissociative identities into a deeper understanding and appreciation of one of the most creative ways to survive.