Dr. Helen Coons

Dr. Helen Coons

I am a clinical psychologist and a board-certified clinical health psychologist who specializes in women’s health and mental health in Pennsylvania. My private practice rotates to women’s primary care, obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, oncology and urogynecology settings. I specialize in the interdisciplinary care of women across the life span with health, mental health, relational, sexual, family and professional concerns. My consultation and treatment promotes recovery and resilience in women and couples coping with a variety of physical and emotional concerns. I'm also a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Posts by Dr. Helen Coons:

Stop stress from ruining your sleep

You know the drill when you’re stressed about a deadline. The day is much too short, so you stay up a few more hours and try to make some progress.  Even if you get only three to four hours of sleep, you tell yourself, you can have caffeine in the morning to get through the …[Read More]

9/11 Anniversary Reactions: What Can We Do With Our Grief?

This Sunday is the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, a day forever associated with feelings of shock and horror, anguish over missing people and fears of additional terrorism. For many (if not most of us), the day was a profound reminder of life’s fragility.
Ten years later, for most of us, life has moved on. We’ve experienced …[Read More]

Busy Moms and Exercise: Give Yourself a Gift This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and many moms would love the gift of time. Time to be alone; time to be with family and friends; time for fun; time to read; and yes–time to exercise! 
Women hear the recommendations all the time– try to exercise 30 minutes to one hour per day four or five times …[Read More]

How to Fix Your Problem with Willpower

Too many women and men in the US are struggling with medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and joint problems not to mention several types of cancer. These conditions can often be avoided if we take steps to live healthier lifestyles. You know the recommendations—eat better foods, stop smoking, limit alcohol use to 3-4 drinks per week, get physical activity three to five times a week, and certainly drop the pounds.

But many people have a tough time making the changes to improve their health in spite of their unhappiness with their weight, or recommendations from health care providers about reducing their risks for chronic conditions. What’s holding us back from improving our health? According to the 2009 and 2010 survey from the American Psychological Association, over 29 percent of people surveyed said “lack of willpower” kept them following through with recommended lifestyle changes. Survey respondents also said that having more energy/less fatigue and more confidence in their ability to change would help them overcome their lack of willpower.