Story of Heather Makowicz
I warmly invite you to learn a little bit about me…
One of my deepest privileges over the years has been to accompany individuals and small groups integrating a life of faith with our natural human experiences, both broken and blessed.
Being in Spiritual Direction for over 15 years has been one of the most transformative experiences in my life, both with my relationship with God as well as others. In 2011, together with my Spiritual Director and others close to me, I was led to discern a vocation as a Spiritual Director myself. It has been a privilege to offer Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Retreats within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and extending to the Mid-North Atlantic Regions.
Later In 2018, with the support of many, I was blessed to have founded Peak Encounter Ministries, a non-profit, Catholic- Christian organization under the approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Beginning with radical hospitality, we offer outdoor adventure and contemplative retreats integrating Scripture, prayer, and fellowship through the wisdom of the saints.
In mid 2020, when our world had been turned upside down with the pandemic and cultural conflicts, it seemed more imperative than ever to have sacred spaces for people to process what was happening in light of their faith and real, raw human experiences. I spent some time deep in prayer, with my family, and in conjunction with my spiritual director, considering how I might extend what I do to the clinical setting once again. Through unforeseen circumstances, to which I can only attribute to God, He lead me to connect with a Christian non-profit organization called The Peacemaker Center. They are a Christian organization offering faith-based counseling services, with a mission to share the light of Christ with hope to the world. I have recently resumed clinical counseling since this past December and have found it deeply rewarding to pastorally care for those who come through the doors seeking healing.
On a personal note, I have been joyfully married for 29 years and am mother of two young adult sons and a high school daughter. They are the joy of my life and a gift for which I am truly grateful to God. My oldest son, born at 23 weeks gestational age, was born with multiple special needs, so I am no stranger to complex, challenging situations. Though the journey has not been easy, I can honestly say the Lord’s hand has been in our lives through and through. I have witnessed miracles of both physical and deep, inner healing with my family, community, and within myself.
I look forward to connecting with you, wherever you are in your faith journey!
May our God bless you always,
Heather Makowicz, CSD, MSW
Praying in the Pandemic Series
Check out an example of Heather's work; St. Norbert's Parish in Paoli, PA, asked her to provide some direction during the year of the pandemic.
The Lanteri Center, Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Specialization in Ignatian Spirituality
Neumann University, Certificate in Spiritual Direction
Norfolk State University, Master’s in Social Work, Clinical Concentration
Towson University, BS in Psychology, Clinical Concentration
Additional Specialized Training
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in progress
EMDR Trained – River’s Edge Institute
Theology of the Body – Theology of the Body Institute
Physical Healing & Inner Healing I Certificates - Global School of Supernatural Healing
School of Healing Prayer - Levels 1, 2, 3 - Christian Healing Ministries
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Caregiver Burnout – marriages, families, clergy
Caregivers & Siblings of Special Needs Family Member(s)
Depression & Anxiety
Discernment, Life Transitions
Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Abuse
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Heather Makowicz, a Certified Spiritual Director and Therapist, is committed to protecting the privacy of her directees/clients and site visitors. She does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information or email addresses to others. The information collected from her directees/clients is used only for the purpose of keeping them informed about her services.
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