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Therapist Bio: Helen Sheehan, MEd, MSW, LICSW


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I have been interested in people and their life situations since I was a child!  I have a genuine interest in the clients I serve.  I have two master's degrees in counseling and social work, and I have been continuously studying since I obtained my degrees so that I can help you as much as possible.  While completing work for my bachelor's and masters' degrees, I had field placements at the Providence School Clinic (for school children), at Alcoholism Services of Cranston, Johnston, and Northwest RI (I treated substance abusers and family members), and at RI Renal Institute where I was employed, providing counseling to dialysis patients and their loved ones. 

 I have had quite a varied work experience with different groups and different problems.  I was a hospital social worker first at Roger Williams General Hospital and then St. Joseph's Hospital, both in Providence, RI.  Later I was a consultant at Cedar Crest Nursing Center and a consultant for the Fruit Hill Geriatric Day Care Center.  I went on to be a Renal Social Worker at the Artificial Kidney Center in East Providence, RI and later at Rhode Island Renal Institute.  I enjoyed working with the dialysis patients and their families.  I then moved into private practice where I had a particular interest in people who had been affected by someone else's use of alcohol or drugs.  Because of that interest, my practice was soon full of clients who had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Dissociative Identity Disorder, codependency, and the whole spectrum of problems that people experience when they have grown up in or are currently living in a frightening or erratic life situation.  I quickly took myself to Boston for five years of intensive and training and supervision in treating trauma survivors.  Despite my education and experience, I found that I needed to find the best training and supervision I could get my hands on...Daniel Brown, PhD.  His training, teaching, and supervision, including hypnosis training, as well as treatment for trauma and dissociative disorders has been invaluable to me.

Around 2002 I became very interested in helping clients to get out of debt and studied a number of programs for information.  Finally I came a certified seminar leader for the Debt Free and Prosperous Living Approach to Money Management.  I am not a financial planner, but an educator and therapist helping people take the emotion out of money decisions, to help people to gain control of their lives.     

Since 2004 I have been using Internal Family Systems Therapy with many clients with terrific results.  This approach is one of the most effective treatment approaches that I have found.  In fact, I have been a program assistant at the training program at Central Connecticut State University for about five years now.  

  I have become a life coach for many people who do not need traditional therapy.  Instead, they want guidance and support in achieving life and business goals.  I have been running a small business with fifteen workers, so I have learned many practical solutions to business and life issues.  Talk with me....I'm interested!

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