Rich Heller MSW, CPC, ELI MP
Why Do I do this work?
I was born into a family that was an ongoing “armageddon”. To me, conflict, dishonesty, and confrontation were the norm. There were hints that my home was far from normal. Once I got out into the world on my own, the differences were glaringly obvious. That’s when my personal journey really began.
I got help from professionals. Engaged in self-help groups. Explored the world of spiritual practices. I got married saying I would NEVER get divorced. Then I got divorced. Fortunately, I had someone to coach me through that process who really understood the emotional traps. I managed to avoid going to war, learned to manage my triggers, and the divorce was relatively amicable and quick as a result.
I did remarry and my wife and I have successfully launched six kids into the world who are all in satisfying careers and relationships. My heart is always with family. I am fascinated by the way families work- or don’t at times. There are many kinds of families. My purpose is to help families of all kinds end the fight and build a more resilient future. I have faith that there is always a way, and that confidence bleeds into everything I do.
Some of the Work Along the Way
I have worked with addicts, alcoholics, and their families as well as at-risk youth. While getting my degree and working in the field, I also ran a successful full-time business building green roofs in New York City and evolving sustainable landscape models in Westchester NY.