”I started working with Helena at what I would call a water-shed moment in my life. At that point I was feeling quite victimized and overwhelmed by my situation.
As a result of this process, I have been able to make a number of big and positive changes in my life and I’m really grateful to Helena for steering me through this difficult period with such grace and humanity.”
Ann-Mari Freebairn, Director of Marketing and Communications at SSAFA
Areas of Expertise
Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome.
IFS is a movement. A new, empowering paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind and, thereby, larger human systems. One that can help people heal and helps the world become a more compassionate place.
If you are ready for more Calm, Connection, Compassion, Curiosity, Clarity, Confidence, Creativity and Courage IFS is a powerful approach to get you there.
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application.
The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
The Integral Coaching® method, in part, draws upon a powerful Integral framework called AQAL (short for All Quadrants, All Levels, All Lines, All States, All Types) originally proposed by Ken Wilber. This all-inclusive model of human development has become one of the foremost approaches to embodied change and coaching.
Human beings are complex and an embodied Integral understanding enables our coaches to meet each client fully, developing client capacities with remarkable speed and accuracy. Integral Coaching Canada is the only coach training school recognized by the Integral Institute and Ken Wilber as authoritative in the application of embodied Integral development.
Dental Anxiety & Phobias
This is one area of expertise I have as a branch of my Therapy & Coaching Practice. Having worked for several years as a dentist before becoming a full-time therapist and coach, I also developed a keen interest and expertise in working with dental patients with dental anxiety, trauma and phobias. I mainly use Internal Family Systems in combination with Somatic Experiencing® to help patients contact and get to know their anxious and panicky parts as well as healing the young parts that hold the trauma of past overwhelming dental experiences.
I also add coaching tools into the mix when required to support with tools to empower the patient to feel calm, confident and in control when seeing the dentist. This combination has proven to help patients significantly reduce their fear in only a few sessions.
I am the creator of the therapy business Fear The Dentist No More and the course creator of the Online Course "Toolkit for Anxious Dental Patients". Feel free to head over to Home | Fear The Dentist No More to find out more if you suffer from dental anxiety or phobias that you would like to transform.
As a human being I have been intensely interested in and curious about for as long as I can remember how to transform or remove obstacles in our lives in order to thrive and expand and enjoy our lives to the fullest.
This is what brought me to train in a wide range of modalities first for my own journey towards greater happiness and wellbeing, and then in order to support my clients in the many topics that life presents. I truly believe in working with each client as the unique individual they truly are.
My own quest has taken me from originally studying to become a dentist many years ago, which I left - by diving head first into many forms of personal development, meditation, integral theory and coaching as well as the powerful somatic modalities of Somatic Experiencing® and Internal Family Systems.
Having experienced the deeply transformative benefits of applying these modalities to my own life, this eventually led me to become a full-time Internal Family Systems therapist and a coach as well as a Zen-priest in training. Meditation practice and ongoing personal work is an big part of my day to day life alongside having fun and enjoying life with my family.
The Buddha is known to have said that "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional". This is a phrase I often find myself repeating to myself in my own life. We all know that life can and will inevitably bring the toughest of challenges to our doorstep, sometimes unexpectedly and sometimes they more steadily approach us from a distance.
I help my clients deal with these challenges they face in their lives - from small to large - by getting to know their inner parts and setting free their burdens. This helps my clients become more balanced, calm and confident in their own journey which ultimately leads them towards greater peace and happiness. I have to confess: I am deeply excited and passionate about this work!
Internal Family Systems, Level 1 with IFS Institute & Life Architect
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® with SOS Internationale UK
Integral Master Coach™ with Integral Coaching Canada, 2011
Member of International Coaching Federation, ACC Level
Dentist, C.Odont, UiB Norway, 2004