Meet the Author

Over the course of my 35 year practice, I’ve worked with people from all walks of life–professionals, athletes, musicians, parents, students, and romantic partners. You name it. I’ve spent decades working with people struggling with addiction of all types from substance abuse to disordered eating, or anyone who has difficulty with managing themselves or other people. I’ve dedicated my life’s work to understanding how to help people overcome their struggles and make great decisions.

My colleagues and other people have always told me:

“Why don’t books or articles actually teach you how to do what they talk about–like have emotional intelligence, think it through, feel your feelings, or have high self-esteem?”

“You teach a method to learn how to do what all those self-help books just talk about.”

“This is just what I need! There is nothing out there like this.”

“How can my friends and family learn this?”

“I wish you would write a book so that I can share your insight and techniques for self-reliance with everyone around me.”

So I decided the best way to help people is to write a book. Drop: Making Great Decisions and its companion podcast series, Feelings Management, captures my methodology for a public audience.

I feel thrilled to share my life’s work with you.

I am very interested in neuroscience, the relationship between the body and the brain, and the interaction between emotion and memory.

I have a doctorate degree in psychology and a license to practice counseling in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Delaware, Maine, and the District of Columbia. I have national certification from the National Board of Certified Counseling.

I have authored a psychological study on the therapeutic use of movement for people with Parkinson’s disease and an article on the effects of internal and external distractions on the outcome of youth sports.

I am a mother, avid sports fan, and seasoned clinical therapist who has dedicated my career to helping people, just like you, to become the best versions of themselves.

I believe that everyone should learn how to use their brain, in the way it is designed to work with your emotions.

Dr. Helen McKibben, Author and Therapist
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“A comprehensive, essential, and effective guide for all who are striving to improve the quality of their lives in every dimension. I highly recommend Dr. McKibben’s new book!”

Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith, bestselling author and 2013-2022 Best in Psychotherapy, Washington, DC,

“During my three decades of collaborating with Dr. McKibben at my outpatient addiction rehabilitation program, my patients would often identify their sessions with her as having been a highlight of their entire treatment experience. I am very pleased that this book now makes her valuable clinical contributions available to a wider audience.”

George Kolodner, M.D.; Founder and Medical Director, Triple Track Treatment