Mary Helen is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, #23580 in the state of Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Mary Helen is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Mary Helen’s approach to counseling is person-centered and psychodynamic in nature, with a special interest in play therapy and attachment theory. Mary Helen takes a holistic approach to counseling, considering the client's overall physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Since she believes every client's well-being and needs look different, Mary Helen tailors her sessions to meet each client's individual needs by using different therapeutic approaches. Some of her therapeutic techniques include PCT, FST, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, MI, Narrative, and Gestalt therapy.
Mary Helen’s main goal when working with clients is to create an environment where her clients feel safe, valued, and accepted. She believes in meeting her clients where they are at in life. Through honesty, compassion, and gentle curiosity, Mary Helen works to help her clients gain awareness of their own resilience and utilize their abilities to facilitate meaningful personal growth and accountability. She specializes in working with children and adolescents; however, she enjoys working with all age groups. Mary Helen’s experience includes working with individuals and families struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, body image issues, eating disorders, adjustment issues, self-esteem and identity issues, social anxiety, ADHD, anger, relationship issues, and chronic health issues.
In her free time, Mary Helen enjoys being with loved ones, attending her church in Winter Garden, going to game and movie nights, taking walks, exploring new countries and cities, trying different coffee shops and restaurants, and exploring different hobbies and interests such as painting or playing sports.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Mary Helen you may email her at email@example.com or call our office at 407-654-5700.