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Paula Heller


Owner, Metamorphosis Counseling


For 27 years, Paula taught High School Theatre. During that time, she continually saw the therapeutic benefits of students in the theatre program.  As she made the decision to change careers, she focused on the universal need to belong and have purpose. So began a journey of therapeutic theatre through drama therapy training. 


Through drama therapy training, came the realization of the necessity of creativity and play to mental wellness.  Therefore, she continued her education to attain an MA in professional counseling.  Also realizing the connection between mind and body to heal trauma, she completed a yearlong training through The Trauma Center at JRI in body-based trauma modalities.

As a therapist, she works with adolescents and adults in private practice, specializing in helping adult clients navigate life transitions. She has experience working at Youth In Need working with youth and their families. Many of these families are found families through foster care and adoption. Understanding and navigating the unique emotional issues in adoptive families has been an incredible journey. She also directs drama workshops at the Independence Center which focuses on adults with mental health diagnoses.



Addiction, ADHD-Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Adolescent/Teen Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Geriatric Issues, Grief, Infertility, Mood Disorders, Parenting, PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Stress Management, Women's Issues

Treatment Modalities:

Trauma Informed, Strength Based, Creative Arts Therapy, EMDR Therapy, IFS Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy


Fee Scale: $60-$120, sliding scale available


Accepted Insurance Plans:

Please Inquire


Payment Types: Cash, Check, Credit-Visa, HSA, OON


Availability:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday by appointment only



LPC, RDT (Registered Drama Therapist), Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate, EMDR (Level 1)

IFS level 1


M.A., Lindenwood University

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