© 2020 by Dr. Heather Corwin

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“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul."





My education and career began as an actor and evolved to teacher and therapist. Examining stories and what motivates people has always been fascinating to me. This curiosity naturally evolved to psychology and what drives behavior.  Specifically, the indivisible relationship of the body and mind, also known as somatic, informs all of my work. Massage therapy and Rolfing are hands-on therapy I've practiced since 1993. People who want to understand and explore the physical connection between life experiences and body sensations (i.e. blocks, pain, numbness) are drawn to somatic psychology work. As a person who trained in emotional expression and challenges of living, my diverse background and education integrates a number of approaches that are client centered.


I am a wife and a mom to an energetic third grader. I have happily lived all over the U.S. and in London, U.K. Travel and culture deeply inform who we are, sometimes unknowingly. I also know that finding your tribe can be a challenge. Skills we work with include noticing, talking, movement, sensations, humor, and emotions.


Working with groups and individuals through education for decades informs how I, Dr. Corwin, work with you. My expertise is in emotional intelligence, which includes skills of empathy, recognizing mental states of others, and emotional regulation.  These skills help people connect with others as they intend. Attachment theory and how our early relationships form how we operate are the foundation of interpersonal relationships. Together, we combine this work with body centered therapy that can take many forms. Sometimes the unspoken experience of the body can be the key to awareness and healing. Experiences include serving as the Head of Movement for Actor Training at Northern Illinois University, and teaching graduate students at Roosevelt University. Certified as a Rolfer (Structural Integration), I have been practicing body therapy since 1993. Highlights include membership in the American Psychological Association, a monthly contributor to Somatic Psychotherapy Today, and training in yoga, birth support, movement therapies, breath, behavior, and more. Through motion, talk, expression, touch, and caring, we will investigate what is holding you back.

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, December 2014, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology with Somatic Concentration

  • Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, matriculated to TCSPP, Somatic Psychology Ph.D.

  • Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, May 2004, M.F.A. Theatre

  • Millikin University, May 1993, B.F.A. Theatre

  • Licensed Professional Counselor 178.015649

  • Adults, Teens, Individuals

  • Touch Therapy - Healthy Touch

  • Artistic Crossroads

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Relationship Issues

  • Stress and Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Higher education transitions

  • Academic experiences

  • Somatic Discomfort or Pain



People help other people heal.

You're not alone in your struggle. It's difficult to ask for help.

Your time to be who you want to be is now. Contact Dr. Corwin.




Oak Park, IL USA