Even after over 20 years of work in the field, I remain amazed and reassured by the resilience and determination of people to make the changes they wish to make and begin to live the lives they genuinely desire. It takes strength and hope to reach out to someone for help with a difficulty. I honor that strength by providing a setting that nurtures those assets while simultaneously supporting the desire to change. Because change is sometimes difficult, I provide a setting that helps individuals, couples, and families explore desired outcomes and build new skills in a safe and confidential environment. I genuinely enjoy witnessing the growth that occurs through psychotherapy and understand that changes often continue to occur long after therapy concludes.
The change and growth that transpire are testament to the power of interpersonal relationships. Whether that relationship is therapist-patient, partners or spouses, parent- child, etc., we grow and thrive when our relationships are healthy, including our relationship with our self. With this in mind, my understanding of how people change and grow is rooted in systems and interpersonal process theories. Additionally, I appreciate that difficulties are often multifaceted, having social, psychological, and biological contributing factors. My work springs from this understanding and experience and incorporates behavioral, cognitive, and dynamic interventions as appropriate.
LGBTQI (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex issues for adolescents and adults)
Sexual Orientation and Identity Development
Relationship Issues (including sexual difficulties)
Health Issues (including adjustment to recent diagnoses like HIV/AIDS)
Difficulties Adjusting to Life Transitions
Career Issues and Transitions
Helms, J. L., & Rogers, D. T. (2015). Majoring in psychology: Achieving your educational and career goals (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Helms, J. L. (2014, September). Bi definition: What it really means to be bisexual. Invited presentation for Bisexual Pride Day sponsored by Kennesaw State University’s GLBTIQ Student Retention Services, Kennesaw, GA.
Helms, J. L., & Waters, A. M. (2013, August). Measuring attitudes toward bisexual men and women. Poster session at the 2013 American Psychological Association’s annual convention, Honolulu, HI.
Helms, J. L., & Joyce, T. (2008). Strategies for reaching sexual minority students inside and outside the classroom. In S. A. Meyers & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from excellence in teaching (Vol. 7, pp. 1–5). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/eit2007/index.php
Helms, J. L. (2007). Analysis of the components of the Miranda warnings. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 7(3), 59–76. doi:10.1300/J158v07n03_03