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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, Burnout, Childhood Issues, 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, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Schema Therapy

    I have a particular interest in addressing the impact of discrimination 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 also adhere to the National LGBTI Health Alliance's guidelines on Working Therapeutically with LGBTI Clients.


    I have 20 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 diversity 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

    Newtown: The practice is on the southern end of King St, about ten minutes walk from Newtown train station and five minutes walk from St Peters station. There is a bus stop near the front and time-limited free parking on nearby side streets.


    $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, Robin di Angelo (white fragility), Peggy Macintosh (white privilege), Peter Singer (effective altruism).
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Resilience, diversity, 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 'a better person' is a work in progress. Therapy has helped me become more patient, more aware of my blind spots and the influence of the past on the present.
    • 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, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Schema Therapy