Helena Vissing, M.S., Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 30496
Offers psychotherapy in Westwood, Los Angeles.
- Psychotherapy treatment of depression, anxiety and interpersonal issues
- Maternal/Parental Mental Health
- Trauma, particularly in relation to parenthood, including birth trauma
- Body image issues
- Adults separating from emotionally abusive parents
- Women’s Mental Health, including women experiencing infertility, uncertainty and ambivalence about having children, or deciding not to have children
My work and training experiences include:
- Sandplay and psychodynamic psychotherapy, including Jungian approaches
- Working with artists and individuals in creative industries
- Play Therapy
- Addiction treatment, including process addictions (Sex & Love Addiction, Food Addiction) and psychotherapy with individuals who have established sobriety
- Integrating somatic approaches in psychotherapy
- Eating Disorder treatment
- New mothers/parents
- Using creative techniques in therapy, including art activities
I have extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I am certified in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) through the IPT institute. I am also enrolled in a 3 year comprehensive training program for trauma treatment; Somatic Experiencing, and integrate these techniques as needed.
I am active in the non-profit organization Maternal Mental Health NOW as faculty on the Training Committee and member of the Research Sub-Committee. The organization provides training and consultation for mental health care providers, and works to remove barriers to the prevention, screening, and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County.
I have experience working as a School Psychologist and in private practice in my home country Denmark. I moved to Los Angeles in 2010, where I conducted a doctoral dissertation study on the experience of becoming a mother. Examples of places I have trained during my doctoral program are New Moms Connect (a Jewish Family Service program for mothers) and at The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. I have published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the psychology of the emotional and somatic changes related to motherhood.
I am Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University where I teach Child and Adolescent Development and Treatment of Children and Adolescent, and at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where I teach courses in Play Therapy and Sandplay.
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