Helene D’Jay, LPC
Helene D’Jay, LPC, brings years of experience in the business world as a human resources professional, and extensive experience in her second career as a therapist, to her position as Clinical Director of Newport Academy’s East Coast campus. Her combination of therapeutic and management skills is invaluable in this role.
Before joining the Newport Academy team, Helene served as program director for New Dawn in Bethel, Connecticut, an adolescent alcohol rehabilitation facility run by the Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, where she supervised all client care staff and interfaced with multiple state agencies. Her former positions also include crisis clinician at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut; and lead clinician for a day treatment program run by Family and Children’s Aid in Danbury, Connecticut.
Helene has volunteered for the Red Cross and spent six months counseling families and children in Newtown, Connecticut. She also served on a crisis team for the statewide 211 system.
My Five Fundamental Beliefs
1. I see therapy as detective work: All behavior serves a purpose and speaks to a need. We need to discover what need the behavior supports, and come up with creative and therapeutically sound alternatives for the teen or young adult in order to serve that need.
2. Working with an adolescent without family involvement will only serve to help that child until they return home. If we haven’t changed the home life, the child will quickly revert to old patterns of coping. This is the beauty of a program like Newport Academy’s—supporting the family as a whole to make positive changes leads to lasting change for the adolescent.
3. We are important role models for kids who perhaps haven’t experienced healthy caretakers in their past. We need to model healthy boundaries and levels of respect, while being ever mindful not to re-create unhealthy family dynamics, as they will seek to re-create them with us as it is what they are most familiar with.
4. Every teen deserves unconditional acceptance and a nonjudgmental treatment setting that feels safe and nurturing enough for them to share and process difficult emotions and experiences. A trauma-informed treatment approach is imperative at all levels, from the support staff to the executive staff. This sets the stage for a safe and nurturing environment.
5. It is on all of us to get to know our clients, and help them find a modality or an approach that speaks to them. Progress cannot be made unless a deep connection is formed and an internal motivation identified. This motivation can help teens and young adults chart a course that feels right to them, and therefore is the most powerful tool in creating lasting change.
Newport Academy…in her own words
“Newport Academy represents for me the culmination of years of experience, all preparing and leading me to this role, in this organization, doing work that I feel cannot be replicated anywhere else. The exceptional quality of treatment and the level of skill of the clinical team at Newport Academy is unmatched anywhere else I have spent time. The ability of this team to achieve lasting change and progress for clients and families is unparalleled in the treatment world. The staff at Newport Academy are some of the best, brightest, kindest, and most committed people I have ever met. I feel honored to be part of this work every day.” —Helene D’Jay
- Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Bridgeport, Stamford, Connecticut
- Sixth-year certificate in Clinical Counseling from the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, and Risking Connections
- Certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, First Aid, Mobile Crisis Emergency, and CPR