“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. 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 registered and accredited with PACFA, Australia’s governing body for psychotherapy (member#24435). I also work using sound therapy and am passionate about psycho-acoustic science and the healing psychological benefits of sound.
Central to all my work is a strong belief that the mind and the body are not only interdependent but are inseparable. Therefore, my approach to therapy acknowledges and offers the potential to work on many different levels. This approach recognises that painful experiences and trauma are often stored in the body. When emotions are repressed, denied or not allowed, our systems become contracted and blocked, and this can create pain in relationship with ourselves and others. I think that many of us can feel this in our physical bodies, feeling anixous, stressed, a weak immune system, depleted energy, an inability to move forward and an overwhelming sense of just not feeling right. This imbalance often keeps us feeling stuck and has a negative impact on our relationships, and on our general perception of the world.
With inner work by going deep within the layers bringing the unconscious into consciousness, we can allow the deeply held patterns, beliefs and behaviours unfold which create the story of your outer life. As a therapist the foundation of my work is being able to offer a kind and non-judgmental safe therapeutic space. I have a deep commitment to working collaboratively with people to develop new insights and positive change. Having gone through grief, loss and trauma myself, I truly believe that with the right support, we all have the ability to heal and move forward.
Originally from Ireland, I love music and in particular how sound using rhythm and frequencies can facilitate shifts in our brainwaves to create an altered state of consciousness. I am a mum of three with a love of Celtic Mythology and the deeper world of archetypes and how these can relate to our everyday experience.
PACFA Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation Australia
Sound Therapy Association
ANZAED (Australia NZ Association Eating Disorders)
Prior to private practice, I held management positions as:
Director Development, Learning & Wellness STW Group (ASX:WPP) ,
Executive Director Ogilvy & Mather Australia