Jeffrey L. Helms, PsyD

770-953-4744 ext. 48
, Licensed Psychologist
Buckhead

Treatment Philosophy

Even after over 25 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.

Specialty Areas

  • LGBTQI (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex issues for adolescents and adults)

  • Gender Identity

  • Sexual Orientation and Identity Development

  • Relationship Issues (including sexual difficulties)

  • Anxiety/Stress Management

  • Depression

  • Health Issues (including adjustment to recent diagnoses like HIV)

  • Difficulties Adjusting to Life Transitions

  • Career Issues and Transitions

Psychology Licensure

  • Georgia (License: PSY 2719)

  • Hawaii (License: PSY 1246)

Certification

  • Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (Granted by the PSYPACT Commission; Mobility Number 4820): Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia (DC), Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia

Current Academic Appointment

  • Professor of Psychology (Tenured), Kennesaw State University

Select Professional Works

  • Helms, J. L., & Rogers, D. T. (2015). Majoring in psychology: Achieving your educational and career goals (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Helms, J. L., & Waters, A. M. (2013, August). Measuring attitudes toward bisexual men and women [Poster presentation]. American Psychological Association’s annual convention, Honolulu, HI.

  • Helms, J. L., & Waters, A. M. (2016). Attitudes toward bisexual men and women. Journal of Bisexuality, 16(4), 454–467.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2016.1242104

Education

  • Postdoctoral Training : Seven Counties Services, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky (Approved by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychologists)
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology : Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
  • APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship : Jefferson County Internship Consortium, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology : Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Experimental Psychology : University of South Carolina, Spartanburg

Services Offered


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