Hellen Krahn, B.A., M.A.(Honours) - Counselor
Hellen specializes in counseling for:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- Panic Disorder (PAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Abuse (Spiritual/Emotional/Sexual)
- Anger Management
- Caregiver Self Care (when caring for persons with a disability or aging)
- Depression and Supporting those with Depression
- Esteem Building
- Loss and Grief
- Personal and Spiritual Development
- Post-traumatic stress and Trauma Recovery
- Relationship Concerns
- Suicide signs/prevention
Hellen experienced the following symptoms:
- Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that are reminders of the trauma
- Difficulty concentrating
- Emotionally numb
- Feeling detached from others
- Feeling jumpy and easily startled
- Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
- Flashbacks (feeling like the event is happening again)
- Hyper vigilance (on constant “hyper alert”)
- Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
- Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
- Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Loss of interest in activities and life in general
- Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
Hellen, born in Mexico, moved with her family to Canada at the age of 7. Immediately upon entering Canada, she faced some unfortunate challenges, especially for a young girl moving to a new country.
For example, while learning to adjust to Canadian life and the English language, she was ridiculed and shamed by other school children due to the stigma attached of her cultural background. And merely a year later, at the age of 8, she was raped by a family acquaintance. This left her vulnerable to several years of sexual abuse by a family member. As a self conscious, now overweight, adolescent whose trust in people had been shattered, she escaped by reading books and creating a “safe” world in her mind.
As Hellen grew up, she avoided the conscious awareness of her anxiety and depression by keeping herself extremely busy and by being overly excited about life. It was not until her late twenties when an unstable long-term relationship ended that a crack in her defense mechanisms caused a barrage of emotions, memories, and delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, including those listed above.
In addition to her many symptoms, because of Hellen’s inability to trust and her need to be seen as strong, Hellen learned to cope with relationships with anger.
Recognizing the impact of her struggles, Hellen turned to numerous books about sexual abuse, PTSD, and recovery, which contained stories of others who had successfully dealt with their traumas: mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As a result, her struggles began to make sense as these writings normalized the after effects and symptoms of what she had survived. These books also provided her with some of the tools she needed to change, heal, and grow.
Since Hellen had ruled out conventional medication as an option, she pursued a “natural” approach to recovery, which included a change of diet, natural supplements, and changes to the way she was thinking and feeling.
Gradually, with the help of a couple of people who chose to respond to the frightened vulnerable girl inside Hellen’s tough shell, instead of withdrawing, she learned to let go of her anger and express her needs.
Hellen continued to work on her underlying factors over the years and finally returned to normal and lasting health. She is another example of how identifying and successfully addressing the underlying factors of anxiety and depression can bring lasting relief. Today, Hellen is living a normal, healthy, and symptom-free life.
Hellen has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. She has provided counseling services to individuals and groups in the areas of addictions, abuse (spiritual/ emotional/ sexual), anger management, caregiver self care, anxiety, depression, loss and grief, personal and spiritual growth, post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention since 1995. Counseling with Hellen can be done in either English or Low German (Plautdietsch).
Hellen resides in the East Elgin area of Southwestern Ontario, and enjoys spending time out in nature walking, exploring, and photographing with friends and family.
Testimonials about Hellen Krahn
I made tremendous progress since I began my therapy with Hellen. She's been honest and told me things that I needed to hear, things that were sometimes hard to accept. With her help and support, I feel that I make better choices and am making the changes I need to my lifestyle. I now believe that it's possible to be anxiety free one day. I enjoy life a little more every day and I really love the new me. Thanks Hellen and keep up your good work!
Annie, Ottawa, Canada. Age 37
I had been struggling with depression and anxiety for a long time. Over the summer, it hit me that I just wasn't myself. No matter how hard I tried on my own will, it seemed that nothing was helping me reach restoration.
The breaking point for me was when my manager pulled me aside at work and asked me if there was something going on in my family that was causing my work performance to spiral downward. I knew then that my anxiety disorder was affecting my life, so much so that other people, even my co-workers, were beginning to wonder what was wrong. I decided then to join up with the anxietycentre to fully address my anxiety condition.
When I met Hellen, I knew instantly she was the right therapist for me. Within the first few months working with Hellen, I realized that much of my disorder was rooted in unresolved spiritual issues as well as deeply rooted behaviors I had learned from growing up in a dysfunctional household.
Our sessions have been intense, but I can honestly say that I have grown as a person and have overcome much of my anxious behaviors by addressing the root causes of my disorder while working with Hellen.
If you are looking for someone to push you, motivate you, and to get at the true cause of your anxious behaviors, I would recommend Hellen in a heartbeat. She is (in my opinion) a Godsend and she provides the encouragement to move onward towards restored health and well-being.
I cannot thank Hellen enough for what she has done for me thus far, and I know I will only continue to succeed. I will continue on to full recovery as I work with her through my anxiety condition.
Thank you, Hellen, for everything. And thank you anxietycentre! God bless you all!
Janelle P., 23, USA
I have been anxiety sufferer for most of my life. I have read many self-help books and have even worked with a counselor briefly. One day, my anxiety was at its peak and I started searching the web for quick fix answers. I was fortunate enough to find Anxietycentre.com. I have been working with Hellen and all I can say is thank you Hellen for the patience and kindness you have shown me…anxietycentre.com is the best.
I have worked with Hellen Krahn for half a year and consider myself very fortunate to have found a counselor like Hellen. Hellen is one of the rare counselors I have worked with that is aware of the importance of a whole around approach to healing.
She has addressed not just behavioral, thought patterns and the underlying reasons of the condition, but has also addressed diet, lifestyle, and the spiritual side, which in my case has accelerated the recovery process.
Working with Hellen has been instrumental to establishing healthy boundaries and learning to be authentic to myself without having to please others. I am very thankful to anxietycentre.com and to Hellen for their work that has been a true blessing in my life. My life is not only back on track but is more rich and fulfilled as a result of learning the important life skills and deepening my spirituality.
Anonymous, 38, Canada
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2015.