I am Kathy Helgerson. I earned my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
My story: I have personally experienced trauma and grief. My divorce was final on October 1, 1996. Then in November, my 21-year-old son died, instantly. And in January 1997, I was struck by a van and suffered severe physical and emotional injuries. After the accident, I went back to college and eventually earned my master’s degree as noted above. These experiences have had a strong impact on my counseling abilities in that I am more compassionate and understanding with the pain of others. One of the skills I have is resilience. I believe my faith sustained me and helped me through these struggles and brought me to where I am today.
I am multicultural and linguistically diverse; I am a good listener, compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I have had a good rapport with almost all of my clients. The client is the expert for him or her-self. I listen to client's struggles that may have come up between sessions. I make suggestions for the client; I re-frame parts of stories. I help the client see the solutions within him/her-self.
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.
- Anger management
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Career difficulties Read more...
LMFT #105243 (Expires: 2021-12-31)
she’s super awesome and listens so well!!
Kathy makes it very easy to feel comfortable sharing my life with her without fear of judgement. I know that most therapists/counselors probably don't judge their clients, but it still takes time to cultivate a level of trust and comfort to feel safe to share - with Kathy, I've felt no fear of judgement and have been able to talk about struggles that I've been too ashamed to talk about in the past even in a counseling setting. Looking forward to continuing working with her.
Kathy is extremely attentive and communicative, if I had more time I know I would’ve been able to build a great therapeutic relationship with her but at this time I cannot do online therapy with all that is going on.
This experience was the first time I ever felt safe to open up.
Kathy is extremely supportive and knows how to build a deep connection with me. I'm super thankful to have been able to speak to a therapist like her. I haven't had a therapist in over ten years and due to that, I haven't had any hope or faith in a therapist since. Kathy definitely managed to rebuild that trust and hope in me to make the proper changes to move forward. Kathy is great!
It was wonderful to talk to someone. It’s my first time talking to a therapist and I was looking forward to talking to a complete stranger and knowing if she could understand me. We had a good time talking about my culture and background. Somewhere through all that I found myself being happy again. Still a long way to go but at least I have got the foot in the door. Thank you Kathy!