Dr. Helen Ehlers works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families to address concerns including anxiety, depressed mood, grief and loss, family stressors, communication, social challenges, sleep disturbance, feeding difficulties, anger, attention and executive functioning challenges, self-esteem, compliance, and difficulties related to medical conditions/injuries (treatment adherence, preparation for procedures, coping, and adjustment).
EDUCATION: Pennsylvania State University, BA with Highest Distinction in Psychology; American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology
INTERNSHIP AND POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD (APA Accredited)
EXPERIENCES:Inpatient and outpatient clinical services including assessment, consultation, and therapy at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Children’s National Medical Center, and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
CREDENTIALS: Licensed Psychologist in the State of Maryland
SERVICES PROVIDED: Therapy with children, adolescents, young adults, and families, Medical/Dental Desensitization Program
MEMBERSHIP: American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Over the years, Dr. Ehlers has participated in frequent consultation, co-treatment, and collaboration with other professionals including school staff, physicians, neuropsychologists, nurses, and other therapists (e.g., speech, occupational, physical). She has co-authored multiple publications and presentations on topics related to pediatric medical conditions (e.g., traumatic brain injury, infectious diseases, sleep disorders) and associated behavioral and neuropsychological sequelae and interventions. She has attended conferences and training on subjects such as anxiety, play therapy, behavior analysis, neuropsychology, and pediatric psychology.
Dr. Ehlers strives to utilize evidence-based treatments including cognitive and behavioral therapies. She integrates aspects of play therapy, social skills training, family therapies, and acceptance focused approaches based on individual needs. Dr. Ehlers values the uniqueness and strengths of each child and family that she meets.
Dr. Ehlers is also one of the only psychologist in our area who specializes in medical and dental desensitization counseling. These services help children who become overly distressed, fearful, or overstimulated during medical and dental procedures. Dr. Ehlers is spearheading the Medical and Dental Desensitization Program at RRA LLC. Her program is an innovative combination of psychotherapy, parent coaching, and teaching coping skills. Call us today to learn more about Dr. Ehler’s program or receive some complimentary brochures for your office.
In addition to her professional work, Dr. Ehlers enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, their dog, and other family and friends.