Denise Heifer MSW, LCSW

I was born and raised in upstate New York where I attended Hudson Valley Community College and received a Liberal Arts Degree. I later moved to the Midwest and acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois. I became a Pennsylvania resident more than 20 years ago and completed my Master of Social Work Degree at Marywood University in Scranton.

Denise Heifer MSW, LCSW

Denise Heifer MSW, LCSW

While living in central Illinois, I began my social work career by mentoring a brain-injured teen through her daily activities. Additionally, I worked for the Department of Children and Family Services offering in-home counseling services to at-risk families. After moving to Pennsylvania, I continued to work with families providing in-home therapy and case management services for Penn Foundation and later became employed as a case worker with Berks County Children and Youth Services in the adolescent unit. I spent approximately 10 years providing social work/counseling services to clients of the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Center for Mental Health, Partners, and MISA Programs. The services offered were all day group, individual, and family therapy for teens and their families with mental health and substance abuse issues. During this time, I also provided outpatient therapy services to clients through Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Wyomissing.

I have always had an interest in mind/body wellness and treating/supporting the whole person. In 2007, I had the opportunity to begin Emotional Wellness Counseling at The Spine and Wellness Center of Exeter. The Center integrates emotional healing with chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, personal training, and many other wellness services. We expanded the Exeter Location in 2015.


Session/Treatment Types

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

Treatment Age Groups

  • Ages 14 to 17 (teens)
  • Ages 25 to 65 (adults)
  • Ages 18 to 25 (young adults)

Treatment Specialties

  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Coping Skills
  • Drug Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Mood Disorders
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Trauma + PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Post Partum
  • Self Harming
  • Women’s Issues
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Cognitive/Thinking Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Men’s Issues
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Abuse

Treatment Preferences

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eclectic
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Family/Marital
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems
  • Jungian
  • Relational
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Gestalt
  • Mindfulness-Based
  • Solution-Focused Brief

Credentials and Trainings

  • LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Social Work from University of Illinois
  • Master of Social Work from Marywood University
  • Additional trainings include Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Food, Stress, and The Brain; Advances in Women’s Health; Neuroscience of Happiness; Holistic Therapy Techniques