We are excited to finish up the year by welcoming Helen Shepherd to our team. Helen is a clinical psychologist with 18 years of experience working with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, panic, eating disorders, body image concerns, trauma, stress and grief and loss. To read more about Helen, take a look at the Meet Our Team page.
To get to know Helen a little more we asked her a few brief questions.
What do you do to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing?
To take care of myself I spend time in nature, meditate, connect with friends and take time for rest and creative activities. Practising tuning into my body and physical exercise like walking, running, and yoga are also good for me. My pet dog, Daphne the dachshund, is also a great support for my mental health!
What do you enjoy most about being a psychologist?
Meeting people, hearing their stories and the sense of connection and common humanity that comes with this. It is wonderful to see people overcoming difficulties, opening up new possibilities and succeeding in areas of their lives that are important to them.
Of the psychological approaches you use which resonates most with you and why.
Mindfulness-based therapy approaches resonate with me because of the attitudes and qualities that mindfulness practice encourages and cultivates. These qualities include calm, kindness, openheartedness, curiosity, insight and waking up to the wonder of life.
Earlier in my career I was drawn to narrative therapy because the nature of this approach is deeply respectful, curious, hopeful and freeing.
Why do you think people find therapy valuable?
Therapy involves experiences of being listened to, empathy, compassion, encouragement and a sense of connection; these experiences are healing, promote wellbeing and enable people to develop a different relationship with their problems, to find new perspectives and to make changes.
Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to share?
A famous quote by Carl Rogers (1959) particularly resonates with me:
“The curious paradox of life is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”
To book an appointment with Helen or any of our other psychologists call us on (03) 9376 1958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org