Helena Reece, MS, LPC Associate has over ten years of experience working with children and adolescents. Helena is passionate about helping families navigate the developmental stages of children and providing skills to overcome the adversity life can bring. With a multicultural perspective, she strives to understand her clients holistically and provide a safe space for clients to reach their goals.
Helena received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor majoring in Psychology. She then attended the University of North Texas at Dallas where she graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. During her graduate program, Helena worked as an intern counselor in Richardson ISD and a play therapist at Interfaith Family Services while working full-time as a special education teacher. A highlight in her career was co-presenting at the at the Texas Counseling Association conference on “Play Therapy during Corona, Racism, and Riots: From Therapeutic Responses to Social Justice Advocacy.”
She has a heart for young parents leading her to become a mentor with Young Lives and a speaker to teen parents in Northwest ISD. Helena has a background in special education which includes providing social skills training to children and adults with autism. During her time as a teacher, she oversaw an afterschool girls’ program which focused on empowering girls as they navigate school-aged issues.
Helena approaches counseling with an existential lens. She utilizes an integrative perspective that is client-centered to create a tailored approach to meet the needs of her clients. Helena has experience helping clients navigate anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal ideation, peer relationships, school related issues, and ADHD. She has also completed Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training. When working with children, Helena uses child-centered play therapy so children can communicate their feelings and experiences through play. She also enjoys helping young adults and families through transitional stages.
Currently, Helena lives in Garland with her husband and two children. She is humbled to be on the Mighty Oaks Counseling Team and under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Carlson. During her time under Dr. Carlson’s supervision, Helena will continue to grow her play-therapy skills to provide comprehensive care to children and adolescents along with their families.
Contact Helena: 972.591.1572