“People I work with often tell me that what means the most to them is that I’m not afraid to be a real person in the room, which allows them to feel safer to be more of who they are.”
Heather Pierce, MSEd, LCPC

Heather Pierce, MSEd, LCPC

Owner and Managing Director
Trauma Therapist and Consultant

After years of counseling clients with inspiring and devastating stories of impact and resiliency, Heather founded Steadfast Center to create more space in our community for trauma-informed healing. Her approach reflects a commitment to courage and vulnerability that mirrors and validates the bravery of her clients.


Heather works from a feminist-relational model of trauma treatment that regards adaptivity and positivity over pathology. She seeks to both understand and hold accountable, and she believes that empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard are essential in healing relational trauma.

Areas of Expertise and Services Offered
  • Consultation for professionals serving traumatized populations

  • Support for trauma survivors in the helping professions

Education, Training, and Advocacy
  • MSEd in Mental Health Counseling, Northern Illinois University

  • BA in Journalism, University of Oregon

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois

  • Natalie Haimowitz Postgraduate Fellowship in the Relational Treatment of Trauma at Womencare Counseling Center

  • Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor

  • Board Member, 2015-2018, Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES), serving Champaign, Douglas, Ford, and Piatt counties