Sam Heder, MEd, PhD candidate (she/her) Orem

Professional Highlights:

I earned a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2015 and a Masters in Education Psychology from Utah State University in 2017. I worked as a licensed school counselor before starting a PhD in Counseling Psychology at BYU. I am currently in the 3rd year of my doctoral program. Past experience includes work as a university counseling center therapist with both individuals and groups, adjunct teaching, and clinical work at the Veterans Healthcare Administration. I am supervised by Dr. Louise Wheeler, Licensed Psychologist, and by Dr. Marty Erickson, PhD, LMFT.


I work with individuals with a focus on an affirming approach to therapy, aiming to foster a safe space for connection, empowerment, and growth. I believe in meeting people where they are and honoring their experiences, strengths, and the story they come to the therapy room with.

I enjoy working with people struggling with life transitions, faith crises or religious/faith challenges, identity development, impacts of societal oppression and social constructs, eating disorders & eating disordered behavior and body image issues, sexual concerns, problematic or out of control sexual behavior, LGBTQ+ affirmative work, depression and anxiety, and issues related to relationships.

I utilize an integrated approach drawing from Feminist Therapy, Multicultural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, and mindfulness-based work. I provide therapy that emphasizes collaboration and affirmation of the diverse identities and backgrounds people bring, encompassing factors such as race, ethnicity, social history, sexual and gender identity, trauma, and religious/spiritual backgrounds and values.

Sam has a waitlist to see people in-person in Orem or anyone in Utah by teletherapy

Progressive Paths Therapy logo | Counseling Services | Orem, UT 84097

1175 South 800 East
Orem, UT 84097

124 S 400 E, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111


We specialize in working with diverse and multicultural individuals, couples, and families. All of us specialize in working with issues of social justice and systemic oppression facing minorities.

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