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Ms Helen Basili

Ms Helen Basili

Mobile 0435 630 609
Social Worker AMHSW

Mobile 0435 630 609

I have over 25 years' experience in collaborating with clients to help them develop meaning and purpose in the face of adversity. I value the opportunity to accompany people on courageous journeys of self-exploration, recovery and justice.


  • Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill, Sydney NSW 2130 0435 630 609 PHONE 0435 630 609


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Online Video Consultations 
  • Medicare rebates available if referred by a GP under a Mental Health Care Plan.

    Rebates available under select health funds.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Abortion, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Bullying, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Climate Change / Environment, Compulsive Spending, Cultural Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Life Transitions, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Attachment Theory, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Schema Therapy, Trauma-Informed

    I have a particular interest in alleviating the impact of marginalisation and violence. I am driven by a profound admiration for the tenacity of my clients and my belief in the capacity of individuals to lead meaningful lives in the face of adversity.

    My primary treatment approach is Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), which I augment with strategies drawn from parts-informed modalities, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Somatic Trauma Therapy and Schema Therapy.


    • Bachelor of Social Work - 1994 - University of New South Wales

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • EMDRAA

    Quality Provision

    I am registered as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). This requires me to adhere to the AASW Code of Ethics and to undertake regular professional training and supervision.

    I am registered as an Accredited Practitioner with the EMDR Association of Australia.

    I adhere to the National LGBTI Health Alliance's guidelines on Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients.


    I have over 25 years' experience providing counselling in hospitals, community health centres, courts and crisis lines as well as private practice.

    My experience has taught me that mental health struggles are strongly related to social injustice and systemic problems rather individual factors alone. I value and welcome people from historically marginalised groups and strive to make my practice culturally-safe.

    I believe that the creation of a fairer society is necessary to improve mental health. For this reason I donate a proportion of my monthly income to the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and microfinance projects in East Africa.


    Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays

    Transport and Parking

    I am located two minutes walk from Summer Hill train station or 12-15 minutes walk from Lewisham light rail station and Ashfield train station. Ample free parking in Carlton Crescent. Closest gender neutral bathrooms behind building in IGA carpark.


    $180 per hour for individual therapy.
    $200 per hour for sessions funded by third parties.
    $150 to $180 per hour for clinical supervision (plus GST).
    Probono clinical supervision for Black and Indigenous mental health professionals.

    Payment Options

    First session to be paid in advance by internet transfer. Subsequent sessions by cash or internet transfer.

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    10 Questions with Helen Basili

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • Social justice has always been very important to me and social work was a way of enacting these values.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Kimberle Crenshaw (intersectional feminism), bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Laura Bates, anti-oppressive practice.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Non-conformity and altruism.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • An integrative, trauma-informed based on the foundation of a person-centred approach.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • It depends on the client, their presenting issue and their expectations. For some clients, progress can occur after a session, for others it might take many months.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Being overly attached to 'a better person' identity can be problematic as it can result in us overlooking aspects of ourselves that don't align with that identity. Therapy has helped me become more aware of my blind spots, to develop the ability to hold myself accountable, to practice humility and to learn to accept feedback more graciously.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Meeting interesting, courageous people whose adventures inspire me.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course! Like most other humans on the planet, I experience the full spectrum of emotions and some are more enjoyable than others.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Systemic inequalities which result in marginalisation for certain groups, the destruction of the environment and the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Some books I have recently enjoyed are Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patsy by Nicole Deniss-Benn and The Belly of the Atlantic by Fatou Diome.
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    Ms Helen Basili

    Helen Basili

    Social Worker AMHSW

    I aim for a respectful approach to counselling where I create a safe enough environment for a client to embark on a recovery process. I work transparently and collaboratively, to provide clients with choices, and hold myself accountable. It is important to me to place the individual client context within a social justice framework in recognition of the fact that mental health struggles are the result of what has happened to you rather than what is wrong with you.

    • Summer Hill
    • ACT, Attachment Theory, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Schema Therapy, Trauma-Informed