Helen Ward

(LICSW)

About Me

Hello, my name is Helen Ward. I have a Master in Social Work degree from Walla Walla University. I graduated in 2000 and have been practicing in the field of social work ever since. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in many different areas within the field of social work. They include community, healthcare, advocacy, mental health, military and veterans, and hospice and palliative care. I have worked primarily with adults 18 years and older. Currently, I am working with the veteran population and their spouses providing individual and group therapy. Also, I have worked with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence, PTSD, and substance abuse issues.

I think of my treatment approach as integrative because I prefer combining several different, but complimentary treatment models. Working in the field of social work for 20 years, I have established many meaningful relationships with individuals from varying backgrounds. My style is open, honest, non-judgmental, and trustworthy. In working with individuals in counseling services, I am extremely aware of my own biases and the recognition of the courage it takes to ask for help. I consider it to be an honor to walk with someone along side their journey.

I look forward to working with you. If you are ready to take the first step, I am here to support and empower you through the process. My other professional website is helenwardlicsw.com


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #LW60294560 (Expires: 2020-11-01)


Reviews

Written by S.K. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

Helen is amazing! She digs deep and gives real world practical advice.

Written by C.L. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and eating disorders

So far so great! We've only had one session so far but am looking forward to working with her more over the coming weeks. Thanks!

Written by L.E. on Apr 19, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Helen listens to everything and is very thorough in trying to understand your situation, your needs, and how to approach them. She is very easy to talk to.

Written by K.I. on Apr 13, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I love having someone at the other end of my screen. Having a counselor I can reach out to 24/7 has made coping soo much easier. Not only have I shared my experience with my friends and family, but I've also shared the app in several groups and pages on Facebook.

Written by J.O. on Mar 04, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Helen Ward is a very effective counselor with excellent communication skills. I felt comfortable early on as I quickly developed a strong trust. I feel she focuses on what I am saying. She is nonjudgmental and accepting and able to start where I am. And I am often lost in tangents of avoidance. She then helps me navigate my difficult and stressful times showing empathy as though she is standing in my shoes. I do feel understood and heard.

She doesn’t try to solve my problems but keeps me on track toward the solution that I am sure she already knows. She has excellent problem-solving skills to help me to cognitively identify and make changes to my negative thought patterns and other harmful behaviors. She seems flexible in counseling by adapting and changing the way she responds to meet my needs when I need a different approach.

She has the self-awareness to look within me and identify my needs for intimacy and my desire to be professionally competent.

And, she seems aware of people from all walks of life. She displays the ability to work with and respect my lifestyle by relating to me and understanding me regardless of whatever my multicultural background is.

Written by T.U. on Mar 01, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 4 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

My experience of having Helen as a therapist is akin to the experience of making a puzzle with someone who loves puzzles. I took the puzzle of my life and my family dynamics and the loss of my sister and laid them all out on the table. Helen gently sat with me and listened to the pieces turning them over to look at, and she gave me strategies about where to start and how to identify pieces within a whole picture. She gave me insight and support that I deeply needed. Consistent and bit my bit I was able to put some more pieces together. Encouraging, engaging, and simply helpful, I have been thankful for her affirmation and validation as I have had to navigate deep grief and complicated emotions around family, death, and my place in all of it. Thank you Helen for your experience, professionalism, and work you do.

Written by S.H. on Jan 19, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Helen is a very kind soul. She listens to me and has the tools for making informative decisions. She has been a savior.

Written by J.A. on Jan 18, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

I’m very happy with my counselor Helen Ward. She has given me good ideas for dealing with my issues and been a very responsive listener and support.

Written by D.U. on Jan 10, 2020 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Helen is a professional counsellor, genuinely concerned with her clients. I am grateful I got to interact with her. I have learnt more about my weaknesses and strengths and how to cope with day to day stressors. I would totally recommend anyone to her.

Written by L.Y. on Dec 04, 2019 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and compassion fatigue

Helen Ward is very down to earth and real. Talking with her is very easy and I feel like she really has my best interest in mind, even if it’s not exactly what I want to hear. She helps me see things from a different perspective and gain new insights about myself so I can work on getting well.

Written by Z.O. on Nov 26, 2019 after counseling with Helen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Helen has been an amazing counselor for me. Her answers have been done in a timely manner and have been right on topic for my needs. I really appreciate her quick and thorough responses to my posts.

Written by L.E. on Nov 16, 2019 after counseling with Helen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I feel very comfortable with Helen. I have a difficult time opening up and she seems to understand that

Written by B.E. on Nov 15, 2019 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Helen has been huge in helping me get through a crazy and overwhelming period of my life. She has been professional but genuine and I can tell that she really cares. I don’t know how I would make it through this without her.

Written by C.H. on Nov 05, 2019 after counseling with Helen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Helen is punctual. Gives me great feedback and tips to improve myself. I appreciate her worksheets and perspective.