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Heather Helm, Ph.D., L.P.C., R.P.T/S

Interim Director


Education & Training

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Alcohol Studies at Washington State University. My Master’s and Doctoral degree are in Counselor Education and were earned at the University of Mississippi. My early career experience was in addictions working with pregnant and parenting teens through an integrated healthcare grant funded through the CDC. As life brought me to Colorado, I worked as a Research Associate for the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research. It was there that I had the unique opportunity of doing field-based research with Native American tribes across the United States, including epidemiological research on substance use trends in youth, and Community Readiness assessments related to Intimate Partner Violence. During my Master’s and Doctoral training, I worked for the University of Mississippi Counseling Center as a staff counselor. In addition, I worked for a private practice doing play therapy with young children. After earning my doctoral degree, I was hired as a Professor at UNC and have been working here since 2004, while also maintaining a small private practice. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to now serve as the Interim Director of the UNC Counseling Center.

Current Roles

In my role as Interim Director, my primary role is to serve the needs of the center and the Assault Survivor Advocacy Program (ASAP).

About Me

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have always been drawn to the mountains and the lifestyle opportunities living near them provides. I love biking, hiking, music, watching sports, and just being around the people I love. In addition to doing thing outdoors, I also love movies, reading, and playing piano.