Dr Helen Wilson
Ph.D., M. Couns.; B. Bus. (HRM); G. Dip.
ERC.; Cert SP; Cert. HB & TP; Cert. ERC.
Turnaround - Personal &
Creative options for body, mind and spirit
A passionate counsellor, clinical supervisor and
counselling trainer, Helen's life focus has been compassionate support for human
growth and development. Care, integrity, and pragmatism, complemented by
creative arts based interventions, have been the inspiration for counselling
practice and supervision for Helen. Her commitment to these ideals mean she has
completed her Ph.D. on the topic of self-compassion in survivors of breast
cancer. She also has a Master of Counselling (UNE) and qualifications in
Sandplay Therapy, Expressive Therapies with Children, and Transpersonal
While she works with clients across the lifespan in
her private practice, Helen has a deep desire and love for how we can each be
self-compassionate in our self-relationship and in communication with
others. She has devoted many years
to developing and implementing creative counselling interventions and Sandplay
Therapy for young people traumatised by abuse and neglect. Her desire to
support young people has led to many years of creation and teaching of a range
of arts activity-based creative strategies that support children and youth.
Helen is co-author of the only Australian text on
Sandplay Therapy. Over her professional life, Helen's work has taken her into a
range of fields, including that of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in counselling at
several Australian universities. To this day she continues her love of teaching
trainee counsellors at a tertiary level, at the University of the Sunshine
Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Helen is co-founder of the Expressive
Therapies Institute and a senior trainer in Expressive Therapies and
Sandplay Therapy, and has conducted a counselling and supervision practice
around Australia for almost three decades. In her private counselling practice,
Helen offers online and individual counselling sessions in addition to
supervision for therapists using Sandplay and Expressive Therapies. She
has written and conducted counselling training programs for students in
Singapore, Malaysia, Czech Republic, New Zealand as well as throughout
In addition to studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy with the Grof Transpersonal Training, Helen has a
Master of Counselling as well as a degree in Human Resource Management. Helen
has completed all three levels of training in Emotional Release Counselling and
Transpersonal Studies and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma. She has a Certificate
in ERC with Children in addition to her Certificate in Sandplay Therapy.
Phone - 042 1129 117
Postal: PO Box 1378, Buderim, Qld, 4556
Helen's publications include:
M., & Wilson, H. (2001). Sandplay and
symbol work: Emotional healing and personal development with children,
adolescents and adults. Melbourne: ACER Press.
M., & Wilson, H. (2009). Using expressive
arts to work with mind, body and emotions. Theory and practice. London: Jessica
Pearson, M., & Wilson, H. (2008). Using
expressive counselling tools to enhance emotional literacy, positive emotional
functioning and resilience: Improving therapeutic outcomes with Expressive
Therapies. Counselling, Psychotherapy and
Heath, 4(1), 1-19.
Pearson, M., &
Wilson, H. (2009). Using expressive arts to work with mind, body and emotion. Psychotherapy
in Australia, 16(1), 55 - 64.
Pearson, M., & Wilson, H. (2008). Opening doors to a safe haven - Creating healthy
family landscapes through Expressive Therapies. PACAWA Newsletter, 42, 4
Pearson, M., & Wilson, H. (2012).
Soothing spaces and healing places: Is there an ideal counselling room design? Psychotherapy in Australia, 18(3), 46 -
Wilson, H. (2005). Pre- and Peri-Natal Psychology and the Training of Counsellors. Society for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education - 2005 National Conference Proceedings.
Phone Helen: 0421 129 117
Email Helen: firstname.lastname@example.org