Mary Heekin, LCSW

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Mary H. Heekin, LCSW works with private practice clients in Denver, CO and is a founding partner of Cognitive Behavior Therapy Associates of Denver.  Ms. Heekin has served as Senior Instructor on faculty at the University of Colorado Depression Center within the Department of Psychiatry.  Within her role at UCD, Ms. Heekin has taught Cognitive Behavior Therapy to psychiatry residents and provided co-supervision to residents training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Ms. Heekin has also participated as a member of the Women’s Health Multidisciplinary Collaborative Team.  She has served as Adjunct Professor within the School of Social Work at the University of Denver.  Responsibilities at DU also include supervising graduate students in the Professional Psychology Program.

Ms. Heekin specializes in evidenced-based practice for a range of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, generalized anxiety, perinatal and postpartum depression/anxiety, and panic disorder.  She has received expert training in the following treatment models: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.  Ms. Heekin integrates both Behavioral Activation and Mindfulness components into her therapeutic approach with clients.

Ms. Heekin earned both her undergraduate degree in psychology and her clinical MSW from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.  Following her graduate training within the U of M Depression Center, Ms. Heekin spent four years working with Barbara Rothbaum, PhD, Ed Craighead, PhD and other leading experts in the fields of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University.  During her time in Atlanta, GA Ms. Heekin contributed to multiple research efforts in the areas of trauma, anxiety, and depression.  Much of her work related to cutting edge virtual reality exposure therapy for returning combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Ms. Heekin provides psychotherapy services for adult men and women, ages 18 years and older, and works with both individuals and groups.  Within her practice as an evidenced-based clinician, Ms. Heekin works with clients to set and achieve goals, enhance effective coping skills, manage stress, create and nurture positive relationships, and regulate mood and anxiety. License #4950, active in the state of Colorado

Select Publications:

Gerardi, M., Rothbaum, B.O., Ressler, K., Heekin, M., Rizzo, A. (2008). Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Using a Virtual Iraq: Case Report. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21, 209-213.

Rothbaum, B.O., Houry, D., Gerardi, M., Heekin, M., Leiner, A.S., Daugherty, J., & Smith, S. (2008). A Pilot Study of an Exposure-Based Intervention in the Emergency Department Designed to Prevent PTSD. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 26. 326-330.

Rothbaum, B.O., Killeen, T., Davidson, R.T., Brady, K., Connor, K.M., Heekin, M. (2008). Placebo-controlled trial of risperidone augmentation for SSRI-resistant civilian post traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 69, 520-525.

Keuthen, N.J., Rothbaum, B.O., Welch, S.S., Taylor, C., Falkenstein, M., Heekin, M., et al. (2010). Pilot trial of dialectical behavior therapy-enhanced habit reversal for trichotillomania. Depression and Anxiety, 0, 1-7.