Jada Helmer

(MS, LMHC)

About Me

I appreciate you taking a moment to read this. I wanted to thank-you for choosing me to provide for your counseling needs and goals. I appreciate and acknowledge the courage it takes to want to make a change, and I am delighted, honored and privileged to be working with you through this journey.
Originally from Southern Illinois, I grew up in a small, country town where my backyard was a corn field and my past time was hiking the trails of Giant City State Park. I have my Bachelors in Psychology and Anthropology from Southern Illinois University, and came to Jacksonville in 2013 for graduate school. I have my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).
My counseling experience began in the non-profit sector, where I truly began to swim. I am an individual who lives by her values, and advocacy for mental health is at the heart of my work. This has been reflected in my work as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and counselor for teens in diversion programs and adults coming out of our penal system.
Since this time I have switched to working in the private sector, where I have perfected my stroke via training and experience. I developed a Substance Abuse Group for teens, as well as worked as a Clinical Director of an Intensive Outpatient Program for Substance Abuse. There is no “one glove fits all” for addiction, but offering individuals multiple evidenced based methodologies is most effective. It is also important, once stable in recovery, to identify and process the underlying factors which lead to the addictive behavior. This can come in a variety of forms; for example, trauma, family history, dual diagnosis, etc.. Parallel to these experiences, I also have years of experience working as an individual (13+) and couples therapist. I have worked with a variety of presenting issues from emotional regulation, depression, and anxiety to life transitions, existential crisis, and conflict management in couples.
Beyond my clinical experience, I am a firm believer in putting my own life jacket on first. So when not in the office, you can find me engaging in a variety of self-care activities: hiking, reading, exercise, spending time with my fur babies (Jar Jar Binx and Hans Solo) and friends, eating good food, and watching TV Shows.
Life is full of messy bits, sometimes these are unforeseen issues that pop up out of our control and sometimes they are a product of our own design. Regardless, in a culture where we must present as put together, in control, etc., it gets a little hard to trudge the water. If we aren’t careful this can lead to maladaptive coping skills, poor emotional regulation, and development into mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, addiction, etc). Utilizing several orientations, we explore, address, and develop healthy life jackets. In addition, attachment styles developed from childhood are explored in order for a better understanding of current behaviors. I am also trained to work with couples. Thank you for listening, I look forward to getting to know you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dissociation , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH15633 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Aug 24, 2020 after counseling with Jada for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Jada has been so helpful and understanding in my short period of time seeing her. She makes me feel so seen and heard and I am very grateful to have found her.