Heather Rose Artushin, LISW-CP

Heather Rose Artushin LISW-CP


Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed Independent Social Worker CP: 15228
  • ECMH-E® Early Childhood Family Associate Endorsement through the South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA)
  • Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator
  • Circle of Security Parenting (COSP) Facilitator

Professional Background

Heather Rose Artushin is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in bibliotherapy, and supporting children and families. In her Psychology Today blog, “Well Read: Bibliotherapy prescriptions for mental health,” she explores the intersection of mental health and literature. As a parenting columnist for Lowcountry Parent Magazine she offers informational articles and inspiring stories for parents in the Charleston community. She has also written for The Child Mind Institute, Motherly, and Autism Parenting Magazine, among many other local and national publications.

During her time as a teletherapist for a school-based online therapy provider, Heather worked with children and teens ages 5 to 19, utilizing CBT, DBT and ACT to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and trauma in older children and teens. She implemented social skills training and emotion coaching with children with Autism, drawing from her previous work as a home-based ABA Therapist. In this role, Heather conducted comprehensive evaluations and completed a leadership training program.

As a social work intern at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF), Heather conducted an all-agency seminar on parenting through separation and divorce, and created a play therapy toy closet for clinicians to utilize in working with young clients. She also worked alongside a colleague to conduct a child care evaluation for the clinic. Her work at UCCF focused on play therapy, attachment-theory, CBT, psychodynamic therapy and family systems therapy. She also co-facilitated a social skills group for elementary-aged children.

In addition to her clinical work, Heather co-authored a guide for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and their caregivers through the University of Michigan’s Department of Neurology ALS Clinic. She also partnered with the ALS Association to provide patient and family services to people with ALS in West Michigan. She is passionate about supporting people in all stages of development.

Professional Affiliations

South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA)


Master’s in Social Work, University of Michigan
Bachelor’s in Honors Psychology, University of Michigan

Why I Write for Choosing Therapy

I am grateful to contribute to Choosing Therapy’s wealth of high-quality, well-researched content that readers can go to for reliable information about their mental health. The more we converse about mental health, and therapy, the less stigma will get in the way of the support we all need to thrive.

Other Online Publications

  • Child Mind Institute
  • Psychology Today
  • Motherly
  • Autism Parenting Magazine
  • Anxiety Resource Center
  • LupusLA
  • Lowcountry Parent Magazine
  • Charleston Women Magazine
  • Post and Courier
  • Attachment Parenting International

Heather’s motto is “Write for good: Making a difference, one word at a time.” As a mental health writer, she contributes content to a variety of publications and nonprofit organizations. Learn more by visiting her website.

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Areas of Focus

Heather Rose Artushin focuses on child development, parenting support, and a range of practices for child and teen therapy, including approaches for children who have experienced trauma.

  • Early childhood trauma and disorders, including specialization in play therapy and expressive arts therapy
  • Infant mental health and attachment theory
  • Evidence-based parenting support
  • Adolescent identity formation and exploration using bibliotherapy and poetry therapy
  • CBT for childhood anxiety and depression

“Taking care of your mental health is incredibly important to living a full, happy life. I’m so glad you’re here!”