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Ms Helen Basili

Ms Helen Basili

Mobile 0435 630 609
Psychotherapist, Social Worker AMHSW

Mobile 0435 630 609

I adopt a respectful approach to counselling, which acknowledges that people need to feel safe and validated before they can embark on the change process. I take the time to actively listen and grasp the uniqueness of each person, so that they feel cared for and the counselling is shaped to meet their individual needs. It is important to me to place the individual client context within a social justice framework.


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


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

    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  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

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

    I have a particular interest in addressing the impact of discrimination, marginalisation and interpersonal violence on mental health. I am driven by a profound admiration for the tenacity and resilience of my clients and my belief in the capacity of individuals to overcome adversity and lead fulfilling lives.

    I have trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but my current practice is influenced by Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Somatic Trauma Therapy (STT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR). I am an accredited member of the EMDR Association of Australia (http://emdraa.org/?page_id=1259). I am currently undertaking training in DBT.


    • 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 accredited with the EMDR Association of Australia.

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


    I have 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 poor mental health is often 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, Oxfam and the Nature Conservation Council.


    Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

    Transport and Parking

    Summer Hill: 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. There is ample free parking in Carlton Crescent.


    $160 to $180 per hour for individuals.
    $200 per hour for sessions funded by third parties.

    Payment Options

    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 counselling was a way of enacting these values.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

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

    • Resilience, non-conformity and altruism.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • An integrative method 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 strength inspires 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?

    • The destruction of the environment and the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth.
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    Ms Helen Basili

    Helen Basili

    Psychotherapist, Social Worker AMHSW

    I have extensive experience in creating partnerships with my clients to help them mobilise their strengths and improve their quality of life. I believe in the capacity of people to bring about meaningful change in their lives and I value the opportunity to support clients on this journey. I realise that it is often small changes that have the biggest impact.

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