Helga Tone has graduated from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in counseling, with specialization in Clinical Mental Health. Helga worked in the addiction field for two years upon graduation, after which she worked for the Children’s Bureau as a school counselor in the heart of New Orleans, treating children with severe trauma and maladaptive coping skills by heavily using TBRI (trust based relational intervention – a trauma therapy model developed specifically for children who struggle). When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, schools were closed, and counseling projects were shut down in the city and nationwide. Helga currently works as a residential treatment counselor for Avenues Recovery and treats clients who struggle with addiction from a trauma informed therapeutic standpoint. The hallmark of her counseling style involves EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Somatic Experience Exercises, and lastly, and possibly the component which makes all healing possible, empathy and compassion. While she has learned from many great therapy giants, and has deep respect for existential psychotherapists in particular, Helga found her own voice about how to implement the approaches developed by others in a way that seeks to honor the unique battle each client must fight. Therapeutic models have been so heavily cognitive or behavioristic and have ignored the somatic component of our humanity. She strives to help clients find healing by guiding them to listen to the body with compassion and curiosity and integrate the somatic experiences, so that positive cognitions finally ring true, and the body and is truly healed.
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