Jacob Helton, PsyD, chose clinical psychology because he wanted to contribute to the well-being of his community and help patients make positive changes in their lives. Dr. Helton believes a team-based approach, with the patient as the primary member, is the most effective way to help patients reach their goals. “As a behavioral health provider, I focus on the influence that thoughts, feelings and behaviors have on a patient’s overall well-being,” he says.
Dr. Helton considers his most important role as a provider is listening deeply to his patients to help them better understand their emotions and behaviors, and to help them learn ways to cope with their current difficulties in a collaborative manner. “I feel privileged to hear the stories of our patients and their ability to overcome difficult situations,” he says, and “to help others reduce suffering.”
After earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology, Dr. Helton obtained his doctoral degree in psychology from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. He completed an internship with Chehalem Youth and Family Services and his residency at the Oregon State Hospital.
Born in Washington, DC, Dr. Helton has lived in several different states, including New Mexico, California, North Carolina, Maryland, Texas, Pennsylvania and Oregon. His hobbies include playing softball, running and spending time with his family and friends.