Karla Helbert Karla Helbert is an award winning author and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) specializing in grief and bereavement, traumatic grief, anxiety disorders, and in providing therapy for people on the autism spectrum. Karla has worked with children, adolescents and adults with ASD for 20 years. She also facilitates bereavement support groups for local hospices and for the MISS Foundation, an international non-profit supporting families after the death of a child. As a bereaved mother and a trained therapist, she has a deep personal, as well as clinical, understanding of the difficult issues facing those grieving the deaths of loved ones. Karla’s book Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum was awarded the 2013 Gold Medal from Independent Publisher’s Living Now Book Awards. Karla lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and daughter.