Helios is a private psychiatry practice, located in beautiful Woodside, California in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Helios's founder, Jennifer Dore, MD is a Stanford trained psychiatrist with over a decade of diverse medical experience, ranging from academic research, to surgical and psychiatric training. Dr. Dore, who is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha society has received honors from the American Psychiatric Association, and served as Chief Resident at Stanford. Dr. Dore has assembled a team of highly-skilled and well-trained providers, including Dr. Meredith Bergman MD, Shannon Dwyer NP, and Mark Shortt ND.
Patients of Helios begin with a one and a half hour intake session which will include a full psychiatric evaluation and the co-development of a management plan.
Intake form and consents may be found by clicking the button below. We encourage you to fill these documents out before your initial visit.
Under the care of the Helios team, you can expect private, consultative care with an emphasis on a modern approach to wellness that is patient-centered, adaptive and integrative.
Helios offers a variety of services, from medication management and talk therapy, to family and couples counseling, to progressive therapies for treatment resistant illnesses. To learn more, scroll down.
Helios is designed to be a kind refuge, with personal touches through the space that make the environment feel like an escape. Our patients enjoy purified water or tea from our FloWater station, and love to explore the hundreds of books, totems and artwork we have on hand.
Thank you for visiting the Helios Psychiatry website. At Helios, we know what a big step it is to seek a therapist for the first time or to make a switch to a new therapist and we’re grateful that you are here. Above all, what makes Helios special is the relationships that form between our patients and providers. Here, we believe that what works for the individual, what sets your life on a better, happier trajectory is what works. In addition to established techniques in psychotherapy and medication management, the Helios team is also pioneering new treatments, including Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. We’re deeply invested in making a positive impact on as many lives as possible. Again, thank you for taking the time to explore our offerings. We look to forward to meeting you.
-Dr. Jennifer Dore, MD
People are complex. A person is not a disorder, a disease, or a diagnosis. Therapy can be valuable for everyone, particularly at times of intense change, loss, or personal trauma. With expertise in both psychopharmacology and individual psychotherapy, Helios’s providers maintain a patient centered, integrative approach to treating the whole person. Helios’s therapeutic approach combines principles from psychoanalysis, attachment theory and developmental psychology.
Helios’s providers are experienced in treating a range of conditions, including:
Helios Wellness is where traditional medicine meets holistic, patient-guided care. Helios offers a range of progressive therapies, designed to fit the treatment needs of the individual.
One of the most promising new treatment available today is Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. At Helios, you will be treated by a team of experienced professionals with a diverse range of clinical backgrounds. Dr. Dore and Shannon Dwyer, NP are co-authors on the largest study to date on Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, recently published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. At Helios, a special emphasis is placed on set and setting, integration of experience and on a constant, deep respect for the power of this intervention.
Research, including the paper published by Dr. Dore and team, has shown that Ketamine alleviates depression and anxiety in both the severely mentally ill, and interestingly, older patients. At Helios, we focus on finding the right dose and delivery method for each individual, rather than taking a one-size fits all approach. We’re excited about this treatment option and the potential it holds.
Suicidality, Severe Depression, Anxiety and PTSD: The body of research shows that Ketamine is a powerful intervention for severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. Patients of Helios work with their provider to establish a treatment course and modality for the use of Ketamine.
End of Life: Helios offers protocols and treatment plans to help ease transition for patients reaching the end of their life. You provider will discuss the risks and benefits of our existing protocols for end of life Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
Couples Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy: As with individual psychotherapy, couples too can reach impasses in their treatment where a different kind of intervention is called for. Ketamine psychotherapy for couples is an exciting new approach to opening up lines of communication and shifting the modes of communications between individuals seeking to re-establish an environment of love and support in their relationship.
In addition to progress therapies, Helios provides supporting “natural mental health” options, including a range of naturopathic assessments and patient-centered plans. You are invited to explore our naturopathic suite of offerings to support or augment existing treatment strategies at helioswellness.co:
Helios provides a private, supportive therapeutic environment designed to help families and couples in crisis reflect, integrate and progress. Often in times of adversity, we get lost in the heat of our emotions and find it challenging to re-frame, empathize and forgive. Helios’s approach is centered on a systems based, “strengths” focused framework.
Whether you are a couple or a family struggling through a trying period, we hope you will reach out to learn more about the therapeutic and relational strategies and treatments that will help you cope and move forward.