I may be the right psychotherapist for you if you have been feeling anxious or depressed for several months in spite of everything you have tried to do about it.  I know how important a good therapeutic relationship is–it is the biggest factor for a successful outcome.  I will work to create a comfortable relationship with you, so we can discuss how to meet life’s challenges with hope and a balanced perspective.  We can discuss creative ways to build better relationships in family life and at work.  I have worked successfully with hundreds of individuals and couples as they learn more about how to manage their feelings in difficult situations.

About Dr. Fonya Helm

fonya_slider_picWith a BA from Harvard College and a PhD from George Washington University, I am a Board Certified psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in Virginia Beach, VA.  I offer psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, couple psychotherapy and supervisory consultations, in person in my private office, by telephone, and  in online face-to-face teletherapy sessions.

My home office is located in a peaceful, natural setting, and I am licensed in VA. DC, MD, FL, and CO. I also can speak with employees of the federal government anywhere in the United States and with people living internationally.  Read More…

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

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

9 AM – 11 AM
Waldorf Hotel, New York, NY
Discussion Group #1


Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D.,ABPP & Maurine Kelber Kelly, Ph.D., FIPA

We are planning a seven-year series of two discussion groups each year at the national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  Theories of therapy often have ignored experiences of altered states of awareness and unusual communications, and our discussion group will provide the opportunity to discuss these experiences that create a sense of the ineffable, the spiritual, and the magical world.

We will provide a balance of findings from research, case material, and anecdotal illustrations of unusual experiences.   These altered states often occur during situations of extreme physical stress, particularly during life-threatening situations. They also are commonly reported after losses, during periods of grief and mourning.   As people, we have a longing for comfort and security in something beyond the concrete and rational when extreme danger, trauma, or death of a loved one enters our lives.   We also seem to have ways of knowing things, particularly through dreaming, that are startling and unexpected, and how we could know is not well understood.

Our first discussion group will focus on near-death experiences (NDEs).  These unusual experiences can create a numinous experience, enhanced perception, and a sense of connection to the spiritual world.   Most NDEs are positive experiences, and they can lead to transformative reorganizations of personality that include greater empathy for other people and greater concern for the community. In some cases, though, they can be upsetting. and all NDEs are riveting experiences that are very important. Previous adjustments to both family life and work will change and psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can help.


Fellows Program
Saturday, March 11, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM
The Saratoga
Washington, DC


Fonya Lord Helm, Ph.D., ABPP

In this seminar, I will focus on ways to interpret dreams.  Dreams are amazing creations of the mind that enable us to integrate the most important events and feelings that have occurred during the day or week with what we are already carrying with us from previous lived experience.  Examining associations to the dream with the dreamer can lead to discovering new memories of old experiences and what has triggered them in present day experience.   Often the best interpretations come from the dreamer.

Dreams can tell us about our mechanisms for coping with life and some of the ways the conscience can help us know what is best.   Dreams can help us know our deepest feelings when we are unaware of them in our daily life.   Dreams can show us solutions to our problems, and many scientists have made important discoveries with the help of their dreams.

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