I am a Professional Counselor (Clinical Mental Health Counselor) licensed in Tennessee and North Carolina with over 30 years of experience working as a mental health/behavioral health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including LGBTQIA (I'm gay), gender dysphoria, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, dual diagnosis (mental health and addiction), career challenges, family of origin issues, self-esteem, and more. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.
My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, mindfulness, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life, and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
NC LCMHC 7855
TN LPC 458
Awesome interaction. Thought provoking questions
Written on Nov 03, 2023 after therapy with Ricci for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues
Dr. Hellman is a 10 out of 10! I absolutely love talking to her. She has helped me tremendously!
Written on Sep 15, 2023 after therapy with Ricci for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties
Dr. Hellman has been very helpful for me. She listens, validates, offers ideas, and generally helps me to keep myself grounded. She seems well versed in neurodivergence, LGBTQ, trauma, and nervous system dysregulations and has many tips for those areas!
Written on Aug 28, 2023 after therapy with Ricci for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coaching, and adhd
I just love Dr. Ricci. She is just what I needed to re-kickstart my mental health healing journey. She is truly an active listener and I appreciate her giving me the nudge and confidence to reach out to my doctor for further support. I literally feel a weight lifted off my shoulders after we speak. I get to say whatever is on my brain without of fear of judgement. We have only had 2 sessions thus far and I am thoroughly pleased and plan to keep therapy going with her for at least 3 months.
Written on Jul 27, 2023 after therapy with Ricci for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Dr. Hellman is the best therapist i’ve ever talked to. She is very understanding, gives great feedback, and makes me feel valid and heard. I feel that I have improved so much since we started this journey. Not only does she listen to me, she gives me the tools to improve myself every day.
Written on Mar 31, 2023 after therapy with Ricci for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, and self esteem
Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Ricci for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues