Karla Helbert is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a Compassionate Bereavement Care® provider certified through the MISS Foundation and the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Trust, and a certified yoga instructor.
Karla’s psychotherapy practice has a focus on loss, grief and bereavement, working in particular with those affected by trauma and traumatic death.
Karla’s therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing on existential, experiential and person-centered approaches. She uses non-traditional therapeutic modalities including trauma focused psychoeducation, mindfulness, meditation and yoga based therapy, breath work, expressive arts, ritual and logotherapy. Karla is a certified yoga instructor with Integral Yoga® and has training in Integrated Movement Therapy ™ a holistic therapy approach using yoga’s philosophical, spiritual and physical framework to address the needs of a whole person. She is also a reiki practitioner and aromatherapist, and uses these modalities in individual ways with clients as well in her own personal practices to support and address spiritual and emotional needs.
Karla is the award-winning author of Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids & Teens on the Autism Spectrum, the 2013 recipient of the Living Now Gold Medal for books in the category of Grief/Death & Dying from Independent Publishers.
Her newest book Yoga for Grief and Loss, available October 21, addresses each of the branches of yoga and explores how these ancient paths can particularly and specifically support those in traumatic grief.
Through meditation, ritual, service, devotion, movement, awareness, and breath, grieving people can find ways to connect with ourselves, with others, with our beloved dead and also come to re-member our true state of wholeness.
Karla, also a bereaved mother, relies on these teachings, on ritual, meditation, and creative expression personally as well as professionally to honor the pain and the joy which coexist in all of life. Seeking to remain as aware and present as possible to all of life, she sees grief, her own as well as that of others, as both a learning and a growth process. Karla loves to read, write, make art, practice yoga and to be outdoors. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their daughter.