Educated at Harvard College and George Washington University, I work to create a caring, empathic, thoughtful relationship so that we can collaborate in our understanding of feelings, patterns of relationships and the problems of living. I have more than 30 years in private practice and have been privileged to know many people in a deep way, as they have shared their lives and most important feelings with me.

Good psychotherapy can give a sense of balance and steadiness that can make you more comfortable with increased confidence and self-esteem. Good therapy can help with using talents efficiently and creatively. Your relatonships can gain in depth and will continue to improve after therapy is over.

My office is private and secluded, and not shared with anyone else. I also have many years of experience with teletherapy, using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and phone and Skype for therapy and have found these ways of working very useful. I am licensed in Virginia, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland and Washington.

I can help you learn more about:

  • Understanding and Overcoming Fear, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Creating Happy Memories to Counteract Depression
  • Developing Patience to Manage Irritability
  • Improving and Deepening Relationships
  • Building Self Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Moving on from Separation or Divorce
  • Assimilating Loss Creatively
  • Overcoming Loneliness




Friday, June 23, 2018

1:30 – 3:30 PM
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL
Discussion Group


Fonya Lord Helm, PhD, ABPP & Maurine Kelber Kelly, PhD, FIPA

This meeting will focus on the work Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, PhD, summarized in her book Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind. She and Carol Gilligan, PhD led an earlier Discussion Group that began in 2003, the first Discussion Group on research into anomalous experiences.  Dr. Gilligan will begin our discussion with her memories of Dr. Mayer and their work together.  Participants will learn more about their findings that people at times get information that seems impossible to discover by the usual means. We will discuss examples of uncanny and anomalous experiences and the models that currently are being used to describe these experiences.

About Dr. Fonya Helm

I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Virginia Beach, VA.  I offer psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, couple psychotherapy and supervisory consultations, both in my private office and by telephone,  Read More…

Please call at 757-383-6488 or text me at 757-282-3525 or email me at fonya.helm@cox.net with questions or for an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Radio Program – Online Dating and Finding New Relationships

Interview with Dr. Fonya Helm





Thursday, April 19, 2018

2:00 – 3:45 PM
Intercontinental Hotel, New Orleans, LA


Favorable Analytic Processes:

Illustrations from Recorded Analyses

Sherwood Waldron, MD, Fonya Lord Helm, PhD, ABPP,

Robert D. Scharf, MD, Karl Stukenberg, PhD, Steven Alexrod, PhD

Material from four adjacent early sessions from one of our most successful of 27 recorded analyses will be presented and discussed.  The clinical material will illustrate how a dynamic approach to a core conflict, in the context of building a strong relationship with this initially withdrawn and defeated patient, led to immediate positive changes, presaging the overall course of the analysis.