About Me

Helene Van Sant-Klein is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor , parenting expert, mother, grandmother, author and illustrator. Helene has more than 25 years of experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Among her areas of expertise are: children and adolescents, individuals, couples, EMDR , hypnotherapy, brainspotting, PTSD, trauma, somatic archeology, heart centered therapy, anxiety, depression, positive discipline parenting, personality assessment, and play therapy. As a wonderful and positive addition to her practice, Helene brings her dog, Lucy with her to work .

Helene's medical background as a Registered Nurse also contributes to her extensive knowledge base

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Helene has presented to general audiences speaking on the topics of relationships and parenting. She has conducted parenting workshops and therapy groups as well as groups for anger management , domestic violence, social skills, divorce, and groups for children of all ages. She regularly appears as a relationship expert across a wide spectrum of media, including television stations in California and Nevada, and nationally for iHeart radio and the PBS show "Healing Quest", highlighting trauma and EMDR.

Helene has just coauthored and illustrated a children's book called Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit to provide a tool to help parents assist their children in coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

Helene is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and past traumas. She integrates complementary methodologies, techniques and therapies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion, empathy, and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Education :

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling - California State University Sacramento

Licenses and Certifications :

Registered Nurse- License # 349881
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist -License # 37131
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor- License #91

Board Certified Psychotherapist (American Psychotherapy Association)
Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association
Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association

Board Certified PTSD Clinician (American Psychotherapy Association)
Certified in EMDR

Approved Consultant in EMDR

Certified in Hypnotherapy
Master Hypnotherapist
Certified Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Therapist
Certified in Personality Assessment

Certified in Brainspotting

Certified in Somatic Archaeology

Additional Training:

Hypnotherapy-emotional healing, medical uses and pain management
Hypnotherapy-Past Life/Life Between Lives
Hypnotherapy-Transpersonal approaches
Past Life Regression training by Brian Weiss, MD
Life between Life training by both The Newton Institute and NATH
Trauma and Abuse
Psychodynamic Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Couples Therapy
Imago Therapy
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Positive Discipline Parenting
Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy for Children
Attachment issues
Domestic Violence
Sexual Assault
Depression - Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Anxiety, Phobias, and OCD - Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Asperger's syndrome
Grief and Loss- Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Pet Loss
Divorce and Separation - Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Life and Family Transitions
Performance Enhancement
Social Skills for children
Anger Management - Adults, Adolescents , and Children
Somatic Archaeology
Heart Centered Therapy

Professional Activities and Memberships

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists
EMDR International Association -Certified and Approved Consultant
American Psychotherapy Association- Fellow, Diplomate and Board Certified
The Newton Institute
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society- Lifetime Member


Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit , by Christianne Klein and Helene Van Sant-Klein. Truth Fairy Media. 2020. 

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