Katherine Helm, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling at Lewis University, Romeoville, IL. She is also a practicing psychologist in part-time private. Her clinical expertise is in working with a wide range of clients including couples. Katherine has authored several publications about racial and cultural issues in mental health, couples’ issues, and pedagogy in multicultural courses. She has participated in counselor training at multiple levels and was a 2021 recipient of the Clinical Supervisor of the Year award from the Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors division of the Illinois Counseling Association. Katherine is a sought-after presenter, professional trainer, clinical supervisor, and author.
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2001
M.A., Southern Illinois University, 1998
B.S., University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign, 1995
The disordered couple (2nd ed.). (2019). L. Sperry, K. Helm, & J. Carlson (Eds.). Abingdon, England: Routledge.
Helm, K. & Sperry, L. (2019). Introduction: The changing landscape of couple therapy in the 21st century In K. Helm & L. Sperry (Eds.), The disordered couple, 2nd ed. Abingdon, England: Routledge.
Helm, K. (2019). Issues and treatment considerations in couple therapy today In K. Helm & L. Sperry (Eds.), The disordered couple, 2nd ed. Abingdon, England: Routledge.
Sperry, L. & Helm, K. (2019). Summary and future directions In K. Helm & L. Sperry (Eds.), The disordered couple, 2nd ed. Abingdon, England: Routledge.
Helm, K. (2015). Hooking Up: The Psychology of Sex and Dating. ABC-CIO/Greenwood publishers.
Helm, K. and Carlson, J. (Eds.) (2013). Love, Intimacy, and the African American Couple.. Routledge
Served as the expert interviewer for the American Psychological Association (APA) publication of Culturally informed psychoanalytic psychotherapy online with Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D., August 2021
Co-editor: Journal co-editor for the Journal of Counseling in Illinois (JCI) along with Kenneth Oliver, PhD, 2016-2020
Served as the Expert Therapist for a Five DVD Therapy Videos from specific Theoretical Perspectives.Conducted 6 and de-briefed 6 role plays on techniques of Psychodynamic Therapy. Was interviewed by host Matt Engalr-Carlson as the expert in this area.
Served as the Expert Interviewer for the American Psychological Association (APA). Systems of Psychotherapy Video Series with Psychotherapist Malin Fors on The Dynamics of Power and Privilege in Psychotherapy.
Helm, K., Hart, T., Robinson, R., and Sanders, J. (October 2021). The Implications of Racialized Stress in the Black Community. Illinois Counseling Association, Ithica, IL
Helm, K. Invited presentation series (May 2021-July 10, 2021) Coping with the Emotional and Psychological Impact of the Derek Chauvin Trial. TransUnion employees
Helm, K. Invited presentation series (October 2020-March 2021) on the Impact of racialized stress on familial, collegial, supervisory, and friendship relationships. TransUnion employees nationally and internationally.
Helm, K. and Bokar, L. (2020, October). Couples Counseling During COVID-19: Challenges, Techniques, & Strategies. Presentation at Illinois Counseling Association, DeKalb, IL (virtual).
Helm, K., Kelly, T. Allen. (2020, October). The Psychological Trauma of Black students and Black professionals on campus after the murder of George Floyd. Presentation at Fourth Annual Making Excellence Inclusive RISE Conference, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. (virtual)
Duris, K. Helm, K.., Brown, L., Morris, J., and Burciaga, L. (2019, November). The pedagogy of clinical supervision. Presented at the annual conference of the Illinois Counseling Association, Skokie, IL.
Helm, K., Kelly, K., Buntin, J. and Schackmuth, K. (2019, October). Diversity and Inclusion: Implementation of our Learnings from the Diversity Council for Independent Colleges Institute on Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts. Presentation at Third Annual Making Excellence Inclusive RISE Conference, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.
Helm, K., Duris, K., Brown, L., Petkus, E., & Oliver, K. (2018, November).
The Disorder Couple, 2nd Edition: A review of selected chapters. Presented at the annual conference of the Illinois Counseling Association, Itasca, IL.
Oliver, K. and Helm, K. H. (2017, November). The Journal of Counseling in Illinois: New directions and practical steps toward publication. Presentation at the meeting of the Illinois Counseling Association, Lisle, IL
Black Women in Higher Education at University of Illinois, Chicago “Discussing Race in the Classroom” (2016). Co-presenter, Tennille Allen, PhD
Spearheaded efforts to attain CACREP accreditation for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at Lewis University (2015-2021)