“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more importantly it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey”.
John O Donohue Anam Cara: A Book Of Celtic Wisdom
My name is Helen and I am an integrative psychotherapist and co-founder of the Elysian Integrative Psychotherapy Clinic. As a qualified and registered therapist, my work reflects my training in Process Oriented Psychology, a depth psychology theory associated with transpersonal psychology, somatic psychotherapy and post Jungian psychology. I am accredited with PACFA, member #24435, Australia’s governing body for psychotherapy and counselling. To offer a truly integrative approach, I have continued my studies in different modalities of therapy and attend regular professional supervision and training.
As a therapist the foundation of my work is being able to offer a nurturing and non-judgmental soulful therapeutic space where each person can be supported with compassion and embraced with warmth to help their uniquely personal experience unfold. The Elysian approach has been dedicated to expressive work as a way of healing. Somatic psychotherapy, Dreambody & Shamanic therapy, Art therapy, movement, written word, personal biography, storytelling, somatic experience, sand play . These all bring us to deeper levels of creativity and understanding.
My approach is grounded in clinical experience, and the empirical research base that is beginning to grow as theorists and clinicians recognise the pragmatism of bringing science and heart together.
My work spans across a few different areas. I work exploring the inner lives of women, their struggles, fears, hopes and dreams and cultivating a conversation around the uncomfortable, uncertain and unknown aspects of self. I work with anxiety, relationship issues, the challenges of motherhood, self-acceptance, and authenticity. I see women who have been through suffering, trauma and loss and am passionate about working to safeguard the emotional and psychological wellbeing of women. If you are struggling in any of these areas, I would love to help.
As a mother of three young children, I love helping parents understand the importance of children’s innate emotional and psychological needs. During individual sessions or through workshops, I can help you understand, how as parents changing our own communication can increase cooperation and improve difficult relationships. Having been there many times myself, I know the challenges when you are exhausted in trying to de-escalate and prevent your own anger outbursts. I can help you find the best ways to build health and lasting self esteem so you can create an environment in which not only the child but the whole family flourishes.
I offer free consultations for all first visits to ensure the fit is right. If you would like to chat further, please contact me directly.
I am originally from Ireland and have a love of Celtic mythology and the deeper memory world of archetypes and how these relate to our current experience.
PACFA – Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation Australia (PACFA)
ANZAED (Australia NZ Association Eating Disorders)
Prior to private practice, I held management positions as:
Former Director Development, Learning & Wellness, STW Group (ASX:WPP)
Former Executive Director Ogilvy & Mather Australia
Further information on management, coaching and counselling experience can be found on LinkedIn.
In periods of change or crisis, we either turn away from the challenges posed or we choose to sit in the unknown – to be uncomfortable, unsure, to be lost, to doubt and to question. When faced with this unknown, we can make a decision to look inwards and commit to a process of authentic self-work, something that has become a central focus of my life. I hope to be on this same journey with my clients as a strong therapeutic relationship is key to navigating through what can seem like seemingly impossible situations.
It’s never too late to question how we think about ourselves, others and the world. Maintaining the status quo may be easier, but from my experience, there is nothing more rewarding than peeling back the layers and facing up to what is often a lifetime of unconscious behavior that keeps presenting us with the same issues over and over. All of a sudden things make sense, there’s a different kind of awareness and life becomes richer. We can create and curate our lives in a way that embraces mindfulness, deepens awareness, inspires creativity and is grounded in love. Having fun and being a free spirit is vital for me and keeping a good balance in my life is always a juggling act but makes for a life less ordinary!
I’ve been on quite a long journey to get where I am today. Born and raised in Sydney, I graduated with a Bachelor of Business, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and moved to London where I spent 6 years contracting to major banks in Europe. Feeling a lack of passion for the corporate environment, I then moved to Edinburgh where I co-founded a charity promoting health and fitness amongst children in Scotland. Working for three years as Trustee and operating the charity confirmed my desire to work deeply with people, and alongside other transitions in my life, led to me moving back to Sydney to complete my postgraduate training in holistic psychotherapy and counselling.
After completing my training in Process-Oriented Psychology, I have a passion for learning about new techniques and advancements in the field of psychotherapy which I can bring to my sessions. I am currently a member of PACFA, the national peak body for counselling and psychotherapy in Australia, registration number 24374.
I also currently provide counselling services to FDS Australia, a charitable organisation set up to assist the family members of those suffering from addiction.