Abby Wong Heffter

Abby Wong-Heffter, LMHC

Trauma & Abuse Concentration Coordinator, Teaching Staff, Fellowship Supervisor

Abby Wong-Heffter graduated from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2007. She has been part of the Teaching Staff at The Allender Center since 2010, and is currently an Assistant Instructor to Dr. Allender at The Seattle School. Abby is also a licensed mental health therapist in private practice. She is passionate about joining those who have experienced oppression and marginalization and seeks empowerment, reconciliation, freedom, and a growing sense of beauty on behalf of her clients. Abby began her work as a counselor with war-affected youth in Northern Uganda and then as a crisis Child and Family Therapist in Seattle. In these first therapeutic encounters she engaged families during moments of trauma, grief, distress, chaos, and defiance. She became specialized in addressing attachment issues, especially with adopted and foster children, helping their parents and caregivers learn how to translate aggressive behaviors into meaning making. In her private practice she focuses on treating adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, seeing that at the core of trauma and exploitation there is often a deep reality of orphanhood. In all these realms she has encountered those who have felt that their most tender, precious, and vulnerable aspects of self have been threatened or shattered. She considers it a great privilege and honor to traverse these often treacherous and stunning paths alongside clients, students, and Allender Center participants. You can read more about Abby at