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Peggy Osna Heller, American Psychotherapist, poetry therapist. Diplomate Academy Certified Social Workers (licensed clinical social worker); registered clinical poetry therapist.


Heller, Peggy Osna was born on November 21, 1936 in Brooklyn. Daughter of Charles S. and Miriam (Mendelson) Freundlich.


Bachelor, Brooklyn College, 1958. Master of Social Work, Catholic University America, 1983. Doctor of Philosophy, Pacific Western University, 1995.


Speech correction teacher New York City Board Education, 1958-1960. Program director, instructor, writer test courses Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers, New York City, Washington, 1959-1981. Clinical social worker District of Columbia Therapy Group, Washington, 1983-1985.

Bibliotherapist Psychiatric Institute Washington, 1985-1987. Private practice, poetry therapist, psychotherapist Potomac, Maryland, since 1985. Lecturer Create Center for Therapy, Growth and Training, Bethesda, Maryland, 1984-1992, Catholic University American, Washington, 1984-1989, Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992, Florida International University, Miami, 1992.

Poetry therapy consultant Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia, 1987-1990, Dominion Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia, 1990-1992, Psychiatric Institute, Washington, 1992-1995. Director National Center Poetry Therapy Education, since 1993, Poetry Therapy Training Institute, 1995;co-director Wordsworth Center Growth & Healing, since 1997.


Former program director Beverly Farms Parent-Teachers Association, Potomac, Maryland, Hoover Community School, Potomac. Founder Last Friday Playreading Club, Potomac, since 1983. Member National Association of Social Workers, American Group Psychotherapy Association, National Association Poetry Therapy (president 1991-1993, Distinguished Service award 1993), National Association Poetry Therapy Foundation (vice president 1993-1996, president 1996-1997), National Federation Biblio/Poetry Therapy (treasurer 1987-1997, president since 2004), Bibliotherapy Round Table (treasurer since 1984), Greater Washington Society Clinical Social Work, Mensa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: theatre, walking, swimming.


Married Eugene Paul Heller, August 3, 1957 (divorced 1986). Children: Elise Karen, Meredith Leslie.