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”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. 

Somatic Experiencing® 

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.

Integral Coaching®

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

Having worked for several years as a dentist before becoming a full-time therapist, I have 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. 

My Approach

Over the years I have developed many strings to my bow, and what I have come to appreciate after many years of extensive work with my clients as well as on myself and in my own nervous system, is that we are of course all unique individuals that each require a unique approach. 

And for me what has synthetized all these various strings in my bow into a beautiful harmony is the powerful approaches of Internal Family Systems in combination with Somatic Experiencing® that for me work as a framework that works with each client deeply and uniquely in their life's context and history. 

I have completed Level 1 training of Internal Family Systems for now, and this intuitive and effective form of psychotherapy is already transforming my clients' lives. 

The powerful methodology and wisdom of Somatic Experiencing® allows for the nervous system to regulate more deeply and contributes to increased resolution and transformation of traumas stored in the body. 

I offer sessions for individuals, and with my background in Integral Coaching®, I am also keen to supply my clients with various ways of developing capacities in their lives and topics when required. This can take the form of identifying one or two capacities for clients to work with in between sessions, and it can be something for clients to work on that we agree verbally or it can sometimes take the form of a written practice. 

Topics I work with include a wide variety, amongst others: 

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Low self-esteem/Personal growth

  • Crisis Situations

  • Eating disorders

  • Phobias and obsessions

  • Difficulties at work

  • Relationship problems

  • Issues from the past

  • Shadow work

  • Anger/Stress management

  • Addictions

  • Dental Phobias and Dental Anxiety

  • And more...

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