Articles by Heather Sheafer, PhD

Heather Sheafer, PhD, earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and her PhD in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She completed her clinical internship at Oahu Community Corrections Center in Honolulu, HI as part of the Hawaii Psychology Internship Consortium. Her first book, The Narcissist Next Door: An Intimate Look at Narcissistic Culture, was published in 2014. Dr. Sheafer lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest, where she is building her career as a clinical and forensic psychologist.

A Temporary Hardship: I Moved for Internship, but It Was Worth It

A Temporary Hardship: I Moved for Internship, but It Was Worth It

The year I matched, I was the last the person in the world one would expect to relocate. I was married to a person whose support (and to be honest, income) made my pursuit of a PhD possible. I had three children still in school, two dogs, and I owned a home.

Moving seemed impossible. What would my family do without me? What would I do without my family? I applied to every local site, even those I knew were a poor match. I had never worked with a child a day in my life, but suddenly I found myself applying to every child site within 100 miles of my home. The years spent working in forensic settings suddenly did not matter, as staying put was my only goal.