Dr. Patrice Heller is a LMFT (licensed Marital and Family Therapist) independently practicing in the Philadelphia area since 1986. Dr. Heller has also served as a staff therapist at Council for Relationships and the Postpartum Stress Center.
In her work with adolescent and adult individuals, couples and families, Dr. Heller utilizes an integrative, systemic and competence-based therapeutic approach incorporating elements of developmental, intergenerational, humanistic, existential and psychodynamic theories as well as a range of treatment modalities such as Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Heller’s areas of interest include intimacy, sex therapy, sexual orientation, gender identity, intermarriage, parenting, ADD/ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, spirituality, creativity, mind-body awareness and mindfulness. A special focus of Dr. Heller’s practice is women’s growth and development, maternal well-being, infertility and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Rabbi Heller has served the Philadelphia area community for 34 years and currently officiates at life cycle rites of passage such as funerals, baby-namings, weddings and B’nai Mitzvahs as well as leads workshops and seminars for local congregations and communities.
Rabbi Heller served as Associate Rabbi at Rodeph Shalom and as an interim rabbi at Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA and Or Ami of Lafayette Hill, PA. She has led High Holy Day services in various congregations and for six years at the University of Pennsylvania Reform Community.
Dr. Heller has been an adjunct associate professor for Temple University Department of Psychology since 2006. She has taught
Developmental and Life-Span Psychology
The Science and Art of Intimate Relationships
Human Sexualities, the course she wrote and developed for Temple
University’s General Education program
Dr. Heller also taught Family and Couples Therapy for the Trauma and Community Psychology graduate program at Philadelphia University in 2014.
Dr. Heller taught Developmental Psychology at Hahnemann/Drexel’s graduate program in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2000 and 2001.
Dr. Heller also teaches workshops and trainings for The Artemis Center for Guidance in New Jersey.