Helen Thomas holds a Master of Counseling degree, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in the province of British Columbia, and is a Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) in the state of Arizona.
Prior to practicing privately, Helen has professional experience in a domestic violence shelter setting and transitional housing programs. She has practiced therapy in a trauma-informed community mental health agency setting, as well as a government-funded counselling program for women who have experienced violence in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
Specialty trainings include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- EMDR Advanced Training: “When there are no words: Reprocessing Early Trauma & Neglect in Implicit Memory with EMDR” with Katie O’Shea MC, LCPC, LMHC
- EMDR Advanced Training: “Looking through the eyes of dissociation: EMDR and Ego State Therapy across the Dissociative Continuum” with Dr. Sandra Paulsen
- Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Rational Living Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)
Helen has successfully helped people from all walks of life, ages, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities with a wide array of presenting concerns. Her specialty areas include:
- life transitions
- difficulty identifying or reaching desired life goals
- issues with poor self-image, self-esteem, self-worth
- relationship issues
- fear, anxiety, panic, phobias
- sadness, depression
- dissociative symptoms
- abuse issues (emotional, physical, sexual abuse in childhood and/or adulthood) – see below
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Symptoms of PTSD include intrusive thoughts of the event, nightmares or flashbacks, avoidance of reminders of the incident and increased arousal which can include problems such as sleep difficulties, anger outbursts, being easily started or difficulty concentrating. Research indicates medically unexplained physical symptoms such as fatigue, gastrointestinal problems and pain can go along with this disorder.
- Recent research indicates that less dramatic life experiences can cause even more symptoms of PTSD than major traumas, many occurring through childhood, including hurtful experiences with parents or peers.
If you are unsure if your symptoms are a fit, please feel welcome to contact Helen for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation.
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