Amy Helms, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach

Amy Helms


Licensed Therapist and Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorders and Trauma, Certified Family Based Therapy
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Hi!  You can read my bio below for information about my experience.  More importantly, I think you will find a home at New Hope Counseling and Wellness Center because “I get it”.  My approach is guided by the latest evidence; however, my personal experience and challenges create the compassion and empathy that our clients desire.  I understand how difficult change can be. I also understand how important finding the right support is to successful treatment.  Did you know that the relationship you have with your provider and having HOPE are the main predictors in success?  Why is this important?  I experienced this for myself and want this for you too!  A joy-filled life is possible. You can achieve balance- mind, body, and soul. I know because I did– and I cannot wait to guide you on the journey.  

More About Amy


Now for the less important details…

How did I get here? 

Amy Helms, LISW-CP, MS, CEDS-C, CFMHE, CCCE, PMH-C, RD, LD, CCTPII, SEP is an experienced clinician and believes in the power of human connection and self-compassion to foster growth and powerful transformation. Amy has dedicated her career to nutrition counseling, supervising, and teaching in the field of nutrition, body image, intuitive eating, eating disorders, infertility, women’s health, and food allergies.

She believes in combining an individualized approach with the latest evidence-based techniques. She practices within the Intuitive Eating principles.

Amy Helms, Eating Disorder Counselor
Amy Helms, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian

Amy Helms is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS-C) and an approved consultant for those seeking this credential through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals or IAEDP.

She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified LEAP Therapist. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.

Amy gained extensive clinical and supervisory experience working at academic medical centers, eating disorder treatment programs, serving as a school nutrition director, and serving as a preceptor for aspiring dietitians, physicians, and nurses. Amy has been invited to and given several presentations to a variety of professional organizations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Neurology Association, the Association of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, Georgia Psychology Association, the National Christian Social Work Association, Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia, National Association of Social Workers-SC, and the National Eating Disorders Association. She has been the featured speaker at multiple National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Walks.

Amy has additional training and/or certification in the following areas:

  • Family Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa
  • Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • RO-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Traditional DBT
  • Forensic Mental Health Evaluations and Custody Evaluations as well as Parent Coordinations for High Conflict Divorce
  • Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
  • Complex Trauma and PTSD
  • Somatic Experiencing and Somatic EMDR

Amy understands the importance of continuing education and being current on the latest evidenced based treatments.

She does this through memberships in professional organizations including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, International Federation Eating Disorder Professionals, and Eating Disorder Pro. 

When she is not in the office, you will find her spending time with her two children, Laura Grace and Joshua. Her favorite ways to practice self-care are playing tennis with her USTA league team or just hitting the ball around, journaling, and going for walks. She is currently working on a faith based book for the treatment of eating disorders.

Amy Helms follows Intuitive Eating principles
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New Hope Counseling & Wellness Center in Columbia, SC and Atlanta, GA

Offering Counseling and Therapy for Nutrition, Eating Disorders, Trauma, and PTSD to the Richland County and Lexington County Areas.

The guiding principle of New Hope Counseling and Wellness Center, LLC is to empower and provide individuals and families with the skills they need to be nourished, healed, and restored in order to pursue a life filled with joy and hope. We offer faith-based services for those wishing to include their spirituality as a component in their sessions. While we offer faith-based counseling as one method to achieve this mission, we strive to provide a safe, compassionate, and professional environment for everyone. We do not discriminate, shame or judge and strive to provide quality care to all regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, weight, physical or mental ability, and marital status.