Caron Helfner was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She has been married for over 30 years and has three children. Upon graduation, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSSW) from Florida International University. And then went on to complete her Master’s Degree at Barry College. During her college studies, Caron raised her children while working full-time. Over the last 30 years, she has worked with teens and adults, focusing on mental health and addiction. Also, Caron completed her doctorate in Social Work with a concentration in Family Therapy.
Additionally, she is an approved clinical supervisor and clinical fellow, licensed by the state of Florida. After receiving her Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional (MCAP) credential, she became the Clinical Director at South Florida State Hospital. At the hospital, she helped 500 patients with severe mental illnesses. And when Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida, Caron assisted displaced families and performed grief therapy, as a part of a mobile crisis unit.
Furthermore, she has had success working with many types of addiction, including heroin. In her career, Caron has been the director of many dual diagnosis treatment centers as well as private practices. Her life is a journey of helping others with addiction through family therapy and mindfulness of the human spirit.
In addition, Caron is a true lover of animals. Especially her dog and closest friend, Bella a St. Bernard. She also loves all things on the water including fishing and boating. One of Caron’s favorite quotes to live by is “There is always hope when you want to give up.” With this in mind, she continues to guide many clients to a sober life by using both individual and family counseling.