Heather Bickel Stevenson
Starting as a 5 year old little girl, my hearts desire has been to support anyone and everyone who was having a hard time. My mom and grandma were both nurses, so I have been exposed to health care since a young age. I remember my mom frequently stopping at car accidents we saw on the road. I’d watch her jump into action and take care of everyone. I always admired her willingness to serve in that way and watched in awe of what she could do under pressure. Then in 4th grade, my best friend was diagnosed with a severe and fast growing cancer. Even at such a young age, I was by her side through all of her chemo and radiation appointments. She eventually passed away, and losing her had a huge impact on my life. I believe it impacted me to pursue a career in the health field.
Throughout middle school, high school, and college, I was known as someone safe to talk to about anything. I loved helping others work through their challenges in a safe environment. From 1997-2000 I pursued my BSN and became a Registered Nurse. During school, my biggest highlight was co-creating a foot clinic for the homeless in downtown Atlanta. After I graduated, I felt called to work with lower income patients in the community. I did 5 years in downtown Atlanta at a clinic, with my focus being on working with prenatal clients and births, along with adult medicine. During that time though, I realized that nursing was just a means to get to connect with the hearts, emotions, and stories of people. This got me super curious about pursing my Masters in Counseling, and I quickly enrolled. During my time in schooling for counseling, I found such delight in working as an HIV nurse and a health promoter trainer at another clinic in Philadelphia. I found myself learning skills at school and then immediately applying them with my patients at the clinic, and found this to be an extremely helpful way to learn.
Noticing my ongoing passion for helping others to heal from the inside out, I went on to pursue my certificate in spiritual direction, or what I call “Soul Companioning”. We are all on a spiritual journey of some sorts, and I love walking with someone as they process that journey and their life. Then, all of a sudden in 2012, after marrying the man of my dreams at 36 years old, my body collapsed from Lyme Disease. Since then, its been an up and down process of battling Lyme, but thankfully I am doing much better because of the detailed natural protocol I used and I am in the process of helping many others with chronic illnesses to get better. My current pursuits are sharing natural health options with people, studying aromatherapy, getting certified in Organic Intelligence and learning and employing anything I can to help others.
I’m the medical practitioner who always happens to be around when an emergency goes down on an airplane or on an average day. There’s nothing more I love than jumping in to help when someone needs that help the most. So whether you’re just looking for a little extra bliss in your life, or your feeling defeated by an illness, environment, or emotional state, I feel confident that together we can develop a protocol and cultivate the supportive relationship necessary to set your soul on fire.
Areas of Expertise
- Prenatal and Adult Health (working with Spanish speaking pregnant women) – 5 years
- HIV Home Visits – Seeing and treating patients in their home. – 8 years
- Health Promoter Trainer – Trained others how to go out and help others with their health – 3 years
- Aromatherapy/Essential Oil Training- Helping others to get well using plant based protocols.
- Lyme disease
- Helped hundreds of Lyme patients to get well using the same protocol I used to heal myself
- Doula – Helping women prepare for birth, prenatal visits, birth support and post partum home visits-18 years
- Counseling/Soul Companioning
- Women’s Issues
- Domestic Violence
- Chronic Illness
- Relationship Issues
- Trauma Training
- Organic Intelligence (learning how our nervous system does what it needs to do to regulate to a good place – specific to trauma but relevant to anybody)
- Women’s Issues
- Bachelors in Science of Nursing
- MA in Counseling
- Certified Spiritual Direction Practitioner
- Certified Aromatherapist (in process)
- Certified Organic Intelligence (in process)
- DONA Certified Doula
- Certified Parish Nurse- Equips me to work with groups.
- Certified Prepare and Enrich Pre-Marital Assessment (with partner Jeremy)
- Solitude Retreats (with Jeremy) – 2007- current
- 5-18 people per weekend
- Coaching Training is being completed now.
After 20 years working professionally as a nurse and counselor, I’ve uncovered that my biggest passion is to help people to be well and thriving in every area of their life. I am here to support you in finding holistic health in your body and soul, meaning that I treat ALL of you, instead of select individual parts. With my degrees in nursing and counseling, my certifications as a doula, spiritual direction practitioner, aromatherapist, and organic intelligence trainings, and my own life experiences working in women’s issues and trauma, supporting HIV patients, and in healing my own Lyme disease, I am able to tailor support and services to each individual based on exactly what you personally need to thrive. If you or someone you love is sick, looking to stregthen your relationships, or simply craving a more naturally fulfilling life while being healthy in body, soul, and mind, I would be honored to work with you.
If you’re interested in becoming a better, happier, more fulfilled you, I’d love to work with you every step of the way. Please contact me today!