Heleen Woest, MA, NCC

It is never easy to share our innermost feelings, thoughts, and experiences with a stranger. I'm sure it took a lot of courage for you to start looking for help, but I want to encourage you that professional counseling may just be the part you have been missing in your healing journey. I am honored that you are visiting my website and I hope that you will give me a chance to talk with you to see if my services may be a good fit for your needs and personality. You can reach me by phone, email, or via the contact form here on the website.

I view counseling as a joint partnership between a counselor and client and I listen carefully to the concerns of my clients. I am passionate about creating a safe environment for you to explore and heal from pasts pain, while also discovering purpose and meaning in your life. I use an integrated approach to counseling, which means that I am willing to apply humor, creativity, and various types of interventions that may benefit you.

I love to work with clients from all orientations and walks of life. I have a background in working with individuals and groups who have spiritual concerns, however, out of care and respect for my clients, I will never impose my personal beliefs or opinions onto clients.

I grew up in South Africa and immigrated to the USA with my family over two decades ago. This experience caused me to be culturally sensitive and to relate to the difficulties many people face in adapting to a new country, language, and culture.  I especially enjoy helping families deal with relational, cultural, marital, and parenting struggles. I love to spend time with my four children and husband of 25 years, and my hobbies are playing piano and painting with oils.

Training & Experience

Heleen is a National Certified Counselor. She obtained an M.A. in Counseling at Western Seminary in Portland Oregon. She also holds a Bachelors in Law from UNISA (University of South Africa), and she is a published author and public speaker.

Heleen worked with individuals and groups dealing with substance abuse, homelessness, and mental illness at UGM Life Change Program for Men and Women. She also worked at the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Hillsboro Oregon and completed professional training in assisting victims of domestic violence.

For the past twenty years, Heleen worked in the field of lay counseling and facilitated groups for individuals exposed to trauma as well as those dealing with eating disorders and food addiction.She is also certified to administer the Prepare/Enrich Marriage Inventory for dating, engaged and married couples, as well as trained in Suicide Risk Assessment and Management.

Heleen is a registered LPC Intern with the State of Oregon. She abides by the Code of Ethics of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists which, among other stipulations, requires her to work under the supervision of an approved clinical supervisor.

Areas of interest:

Eating Disorders
Trauma recovery

Domestic and intimate partner violence
Depression and anxiety
Relationship concerns
Identity concerns and development
Spiritual concerns and development
Career concerns
Sexual abuse