Helen Svoboda-Barber

Clinical Intern, North Carolina Central University

Helen (she/her) is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling intern at Three Oaks Behavioral Health. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University.

She works with a broad range of clients including: people in transition (retirement, career change, gender, etc); people with cancer, chronic or life-limiting illnesses and their family members; people processing a loved one’s gender transition; clergy, therapists and those in the medical profession; and couples seeking to deepen their relationship. Her practice focuses on adults and she also sees teens and children when there is a good fit.

She has an eclectic therapy style, including a deep grounding in Bowen Family Systems. Family Systems helps clients understand how patterns in the larger family impact individual lives. She uses Narrative Therapy which allows people to gain distance from their problems, re-tell the story of who they are, and embrace their strengths and gifts to better support the life they want. She enjoys partnering with clients to use Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to manage current issues. She loves helping people get to know and befriend their inner saboteur, and is looking forward to being trained in play therapy, sand therapy and EMDR.

Helen loves cozy mysteries, playing with fabric and fiber, and spending time with family and friends. She walks on the Eno & travels when she can, and includes both massage and yoga nidra as part of her own wellness regime.

She also brings to this work an Associate-level coaching certification through the International Coaching Federation, one year of postgraduate study at the Bowen Center for Study of the Family, a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry. Besides being an active coach and retreat leader, Helen has over two decades of experience as an Episcopal priest.


email | helen@threeoaksbehavioralhealth.com