Dr. Heather Bender, PHD

Dr. Heather Bender, PHD

Clinical Psychology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 42
Dr. Heather Bender, PHD is a clinical psychologist in Richmond, VA and has been practicing for 14 years. She graduated from University of Virginia in 2002 and specializes in clinical psychology, marriage & family therapy, and more.Read her story

2567 Homeview Dr

Richmond, VA 23294

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(804) 307-6514

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Dr. Bender's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Bender "Dr. Bender grew up in Maryland and received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized medical center for children and young adults with neurological and developmental disorders. During this internship, she provided cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychological assessments in the inpatient medical setting. She also received specialized training in family therapy at Kennedy Krieger's Child and Family Therapy Clinic. Subsequently, Dr. Bender completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Her fellowship consisted of work with children and adolescents in outpatient, inpatient psychiatric, and day treatment settings. She also served on the Consultation-Liaison Service at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and provided interventions for children in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. Prior to opening Lantern of Hope, Dr. Bender worked in private practice at Commonwealth Counseling Associates where she provided therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, she serves as the consulting psychologist for the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary's Hospital. When not at work, Dr. Bender loves spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys playing the piano, running, and traveling to the beach and mountains. For the past two years, she has been proud to volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization that promotes self-esteem and supportive relationships among elementary school girls."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Bender "Dr. Bender integrates components of many evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral andexposure therapy, for an approach to care that is adapted to the unique needs of each patient. She believes that a multidisciplinary approach to care is the most effective and therefore works closely with primary care physicians, psychiatrists, teachers, guidance counselors, and other professionals. In the context of therapy, Dr. Bender will create a caring connection with you and develop a thorough understanding of your treatment goals. She provides emotional support and guidance to families and marriages in crisis. She aims to empower her clients to create balance in their lives and greater joy in their relationships."
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4  Specialties

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Marriage & Family Therapy

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Bender does not have any board certifications listed.

6  Conditions Treated

5  Procedures

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Supportive Counseling

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Haverford College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • University of Virginia
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • Kennedy Krieger Inst/Johns Hopkins U
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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