Keith G. Helmken, MSW, LCSW

770-953-4744 ext. 28
, Licensed Therapist
Woodstock (Tuesday (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM), Thursday and Saturday)
South Forsyth (Wednesday and Friday)

Treatment Philosophy

I have had significant success working with individuals and families that have struggled to connect in traditional therapy settings and who may have had challenging or problematic experiences with therapy in the past. I have a, “How can we do it different this time?” approach. I believe it is important to support clients in driving their own treatment through self-determination. I often use cognitive behavioral (CBT), solution focused, reality, person-centered, and experiential approaches to therapy. I look at each person from a “strengths perspective.” I believe that, “People are not resistant to change, but that they often need help becoming ready to change or learn a better understanding of why change would benefit them. People are not their problems.” Looking at how an individual relates to the environment around them and how they interact within their family system are also important areas of focus.

Specialty Areas

My practice focuses on 3 main areas:

  1. Troubled, at-risk, substance abusing and delinquent adolescents and successfully helping youth struggling with ADD/ADHD, oppositional defiance, conduct problems, disruptive behavior, and intermittent explosive disorders, including youth with borderline intellectual functioning. I have also helped middle school youth work through issues with self-injurious behaviors “cutting”, separation anxiety, school refusal, anger management, asset building, and self-esteem.

  2. Young adults 18-25 years old who have a “failure to launch.” These issues may include: difficulty moving out of the family home on their own, finishing high school or completing a GED, trouble with college, finding gainful employment, substance use disorder, ADD/ADHD, depression

  3. Adults and families struggling with family conflict, parenting, divorce and the family, substance use disorder in the family of origin, depression and anxiety.


  • Individual Therapy - middle school aged children, adolescents & adults
  • Family Therapy


I see clients out of at our Woodstock office on:

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
10 AM - 8 PM
9 AM - 5 PM

I see clients out of at our South Forsyth office on:

10 AM - 8 PM
10 AM - 6 PM


I have worked in multiple mental health systems for over 35 years including public & therapeutic schools, wilderness therapy programs, group homes, in-patient psychiatry, partial hospitalization, adventure-teams courses, out-patient community mental health, and residential treatment facilities, which have given me keen insight into the treatment and services most appropriate for each individual. A few of these include.

  • Atlanta Medical Center/Adult Psychiatry - Atlanta, GA
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital/ Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Chicago, IL
  • OMNI Youth Services/Adolescent Out-Patient – Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Neumann Association/Young Sex Offender Program - Chicago, IL


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Georgia
  • Loyola University of Chicago in 2003 with a MS in Social Work.
  • Beloit College in 1989 with a BA in English Composition & Elementary Education.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • National Association of Social Workers

Office Locations

Fee Schedule

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