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“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

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. She works to restore hope and create lasting change in people impacted by victimization and neglect.


Heather is a respected leader, published author, and engaging speaker, presenting to local and national audiences on a range of topics that honor the impact of trauma on both helping professionals and the people they serve.

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

  • Support for trauma survivors in the helping professions

  • Experienced presenter on topics such as:

    • Separation from abusive family systems

    • How working with different types of trauma impacts the therapist

    • Self disclosure with clients

    • Deepening our understanding of how we are impacted by our clients to more fully care for ourselves

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

  • BA in Journalism, University of Oregon

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) 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

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