The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Heaney is an ordained minister, pastoral counselor, and psychotherapist. Dr. Heaney received his Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Phillips Theological Seminary. His clinical internship took place in Oklahoma City at The Center for Psychotherapy, Education and Spiritual Growth. He was co-founding pastoral counselor with the Stillwater Interfaith Counseling Center, Inc. Dr. Heaney spent a number of years, both in training and as a licensed counselor, combining his ministry as a pastoral psychotherapist with his ministry as a parish pastor. In 2007 he left parish ministry to briefly serve as the Social Service Director for a non-profit hospice. He then went into full time private practice with Inner Peace Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Heaney has worked with colleagues in community mental health agencies, as well as with two psychiatrists in private practice.
Dr. Heaney recently moved back to Oklahoma City from Amarillo where he served as a counselor and pastoral psychotherapist with the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center. Rev. Heaney has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for over 29 years. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, Rev. Heaney served as associate pastor and solo pastor in congregations in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, El Reno and Stillwater, Oklahoma. He especially enjoyed working with youth and ministering to congregations, which he sees as integrated systems that reflect many of the same dynamics of individuals and family systems. Rev. Heaney honed his pastoral skills by being present with individuals and families at critical junctures in their lives such as births, baptisms, marriages and deaths.
“I have practiced counseling within the models of community mental health, as well as within the church. I have also worked in the context of a non-profit hospice, a physician’s office and a pastoral counseling center. Based upon these formative experiences, I am very excited to return to private practice where I will be able to use the gifts and talents I have acquired to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families and groups. I am also very excited about the opportunity I have been given to practice once again in the setting of Russell Murray Hospice. Working within this holistic model of care allows me to touch people in all aspects of life from birth to death and to help heal the hurts and nurture the hopes of people undergoing life’s transitions. As a licensed therapist as well as an ordained pastor, I know that as I minister to the needs of others I in turn will grow in my own inner self.” - Rev. Dr. Mark D. Heaney