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Heather Paessler-Chesterton

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Heather Paessler-Chesterton has been a part of the Walden community for the past decade as both a contributing and core faculty member in clinical mental health counseling. She brings a wealth of experience in counselor education, having served as a program director for a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, an adjunct faculty for various counseling programs, as well as a CACREP and NBCC liaison. She is a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds school counseling credentials in various states.

Dr. Chesterton has almost 20 years of clinical experience, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents and women’s issues and maintains a private practice in her home community. Dr. Chesterton’s research interests include counselor development and supervision, online counselor preparation, trauma and attachment, spirituality in counseling, child/adolescent populations, and qualitative methodologies; however, she is best known for her presentations and published work on working with at risk youth.

As faculty for the CMHC program, Dr. Paessler-Chesterton has served as a subject matter expert for counseling theories and school counseling, a senior faculty mentor and student support specialist, residency instructor, and special topics presenter, in addition to teaching numerous courses. Dr. Chesterton is involved with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and is the Secretary-Elect for the North Atlantic Region of ACES.


PhD, Regent University