Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer
Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at New Directions for Women, a role in which she brings a wealth of expertise, dedication, and a profound commitment to transforming the lives of women struggling with substance use disorders.
With an extensive career spanning 15 years in the field of substance use disorder treatment, her journey in the realm of addiction therapy has seen her work across multiple levels of care and various populations. Heather’s passion for gender-responsive treatment is a cornerstone of her work. She has dedicated the past 5 years to the development and implementation of gender-specific treatment approaches that recognize and address the unique needs and experiences of women.
A key element of Heather’s therapeutic approach lies in her adept use of Narrative Therapy practices. She employs this approach to help women explore uncharted territories within their lives. In addition to her narrative therapy expertise, Heather is both DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) certified and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained. These additional therapeutic modalities play a crucial role in supporting the stabilization and skill development necessary for individuals to embark on their journey of identity migration.
Heather’s core belief in the power of individual stories is reflected in her approach to therapy. She is passionate about learning and co-constructing rich narratives that empower individuals and promote self-agency. Through her tireless efforts, Heather has made an indelible impact on the lives of those she serves.
As the Chief Clinical Officer at New Directions for Women, Heather Black-Coyne stands as a pillar of inspiration and change-maker for women in a relationship with substances. Her leadership, expertise, and unwavering dedication to gender-responsive care have propelled her into a leadership role that continues to positively influence the lives of women seeking recovery. Heather is a testament to the transformative power of compassion, understanding, and innovative therapeutic approaches in the world of addiction treatment.