Dr. Heather Putney
Dr. Heather Putney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She completed her MS in Family Therapy from UMass Boston and her PhD from the Counseling Supervision and Education program at Duquesne University in December 2017. Her dissertation “Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Exploring Relational Satisfaction in Modern-Day Couples” focused on better understanding what contributes to relational satisfaction and how to support modern-day, diverse couples. During her studies, Heather also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. David Delmonico, and has co-authored several book chapters and articles on the intersection of the internet, technology, sexual compulsivity and its impact on relationships.
Heather is the Founder and Clinical Director of Untethered Therapy Group, a non-profit Mental Health agency located in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in helping individuals, couples and families heal from the impact of sex addiction, infidelity, betrayal, and trauma. Heather is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT). and Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant in Training (CIT) through EMDRIA and the Institute of Creative Mindfulness (ICM). She is also passionate about teaching, training, and developing clinicians who are passionate about improving their skills and effectiveness in helping individuals and families heal from addictions, trauma and relational dysfunction.
Heather’s first love was biology and came to the field of psychology through her earlier interests and work in veterinary medicine and animal training. Heather loves learning about the interface between psychology, biology, systems theory, and believes in a holistic approach to healing. Heather’s interest in trauma came through her work with couples in order to more efficiently address the impact of infidelity, negative self-concept, unresolved trauma, and addictions significantly impacting the couple’s ability to heal. She believes that addictions or other problematic behaviors are essentially dysfunctional coping strategies to escape, numb or manage pain. Heather incorporates EMDR, Attachment Theory, Systems Theory, Parts Work, Neurobiology, and other holistic approaches to help clients heal from trauma, addictions, and relational issues. She enjoys working with a variety of trauma related issues including: Complex trauma, attachment trauma, childhood abuse (neglect, emotional, sexual), addictions, self-defeating beliefs and behaviors, spirituality/ spiritual trauma, adoption, infertility, and betrayal trauma.
P.h.D. in Counseling Supervision and Education. Duquesne University. Dissertation: Getting to the heart of the matter: Understanding relational satisfaction in the modern-day couples.
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Massachusetts, Boston
MS Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University
BA Biology and Marine Biology Minors: Music, and Environmental Science Minors; Wittenberg University
Licensure and Certifications:
LMFT- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Pennsylvania (#MF000693)
CSAT- Certified Sex Addiction Therapist , International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
EFT- Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist , International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
CMAT- Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist , International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
EMDR- CIT- Consultant in Training, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) and the Institute for Creative Mindfulness (ICM)
EMDR- Certified EMDR Therapist- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)
CPTT Candidate – Certified Clinical Partner Trauma Therapist Candidate, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), 2021
Multidimentional Partner Trauma Model Trained- Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS)- Cincinnati, OH. Oct. 2013
Consultation Schedule and Info
Individual Consultation: $50
Group Consultation: (60 minutes) $30
(90 minutes) $50
(120 minutes) $75