Hi, I'm Helen
I believe that knowledge and understanding can make a huge difference in people’s lives. It enables us to make different choices and ways of understanding that can free us from old and unhelpful ways of being. I strongly believe that creating a safe and trusting relationship in therapy enables an open exploration of past and present experiences that can lead to desired changes.
The experience of being heard and the opportunity to find new ways to tell your story can be life changing. I find that creating these opportunities in the therapeutic process can lead to a shift from ingrained and unhelpful ways of behaving and the development of more useful ways of responding.
Helen's ready to help you improve your mental health.
Helen completed her Bachelor of Behavioural Science and post graduate studies in both Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Family Therapy. She is a registered Psychologist and Supervisor and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Endorsed as Specialist Counselling Psychologist (APS College of Counselling Psychologists) and a Supervisor of Probationary Psychologists (Psychology Board of Australia). She has specialist training in Trauma Informed Therapy, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Family Therapy and Psychodynamic Informed Therapy. She has a particular interest in Culturally Responsive Practice and has worked both in Australia and overseas with culturally diverse populations.
Helen has over 30 years’ experience working in the field as a Psychotherapist, Trainer, Consultant and Supervisor. She has run her own Private practice for over 25 years where she works with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, early childhood trauma, sexual abuse and relationship issues. She consultants with a broad range of welfare, early childhood and educational organisations and is a lecturer in the Faculty of Public Health, Latrobe University and a guest lecturer at the Bachelor of Social Work course at Victoria University. Her career spans work as a Clinical Educator with Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC), a specialist early parenting service, Research and Resource developer for the Australian Psychological Society Kids Matter Early Childhood program and as a Clinical Consultant with the Lighthouse Institute where she was involved in rolling out trauma training of support services for the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Helen is the Founder and Director of the Gong Shi Project, an international training program for the mental health and wellbeing of adults, young people and children. She frequently travels to China and India to deliver training, conference presentations and consultations.