Karena Heyward, Ph.D., LPC, ACS
Dr. Karena Heyward completed her B.S. In Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her M.Ed. in Marriage and Family Counseling from the College of William & Mary. Her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision was earned from the College of William & Mary.
Dr. Heyward engages in continued scholarship, presenting at the state, regional, and national levels. Her scholarship interests include body psychotherapy and somatic counseling, transpersonal psychology, liberation psychology, sexuality counseling, and anti-racism and anti-oppression in counselor education, and counselor development.
Before joining academia, Dr. Heyward worked in various community agencies seeing couples, families, and individual clients with a variety of presenting issues. She worked as the co-director of a university-based marriage, couple, and family counseling center. Dr. Heyward opened a private practice in January of 2020 where she holds space for Black and/or Queer people with a variety of presenting issues that are related to oppression-based trauma. Her approach to counseling with these individuals is based in Somatic Psychotherapy, Polyvagal Theory, and Liberation Psychology.