Helen Butlin, (RP), PhD (C);

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"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering." Ben Okri


Individual support

A hopeful future needs wisdom and wise people to create it. Over many years in health care I've met and supported individuals and families to find a wise way through many of life's difficulties. In discovering our own wise-way, comes healing, renewal and transformation. Each person has their own unique wisdom... together we find it.


Feel free to call and discuss individual support sessions if you are:

  • seeking ways to nurture your inner balance and creativity
  • needing to change a creative block in your work or life
  • experiencing compassion fatigue, burnout, high stress
  • at a life crossroads, seeking a new direction
  • struggling with decision-making
  • exploring spirituality, meaning, purpose, hope in life
  • as professional therapist, needing to fill your own well
  • a professional therapist and wanting to learn how to integrate some of Carl Jung's insights on dreams and imagery in client's narratives; learning how to work with active imagination in therapy; and working with your own unconscious life in the therapy process.

Mindfulness and Soul Practices

If you are seeking more 'calm' in your heart and mind, we can explore a variety of practices that can assist you to find the ‘stillpoint’ within for living daily life. I run regular "Mindfulness & Soul Groups" or if a more personally tailored approach is needed, individual sessions are offered also.


Spiritual Meaning

Spirituality is what gives us a sense of meaning-in-life and purpose for being alive. Spiritual direction helps us to find what puts ground under feet, hope for the future and a sense of peace with who we are and the lives we are living. It can also guide us to change and transformation when something new is calling us on.


Many of us are seekers without being part of a specific tradition or faith group. If you are in a specific tradition sometimes you can be in a spiritual crisis with a deep loss of meaning because of bereavement, illness, trauma or loss. As a certified spiritual director working with wisdom from diverse spiritual traditions, I have worked with people from all different faiths or no tradition to discover greater meaning and purpose in their life and find a way through losses, struggles, or perhaps a feeling that you're not really living fully and want more out of your life. Individual sessions explore your own values, beliefs, hopes, and longings to find greater meaning and purpose and a way through the difficulties.


Professional Consultation/Supervision for Practicing Therapists, Spiritual Directors, and Counsellors

If you are already a professional therapist I offer specialized consultation for integrating Carl Jung's insights into your therapy repertoire of theory and modalities. This means providing ways to work with dreams, images, fantasy life, unlived creative aspirations and agency with clients’. It does not offer formal 'dream analysis' but rather ways to work with the "soul's code" (James Hillman) to learn ways for relating with the inner life's language of image, intuition, feeling through imagination, night dreams and day dreams. 


Compassion Fatigue/Burnout Therapy for Front-Line Caregivers

Certified as a Compassion Fatigue Therapist, caring for the caregivers is a particular focus that I am very committed to offering.  I offer practical, therapeutic and rehabilitative support for front-line professionals to heal from personal crisis and cumulative stress, losses and challenges in worklife.


My Background & Qualifications

I'm a qualified PhD Candidate at Western University, currently conducting doctoral research on the phenomenon of wisdom. My Masters of Divinity was completed at the University of Toronto and my thesis focused on embodiment of the sacred in life through women's lived experiences and included training in the Ignatian teachings in Spiritual Direction. I was trained in the residency program of St. Michael's hopsital, Toronto, in Spiritual Care through the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) and am a Specialist certified with CASC.


Currently, I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Since 2000 I've worked as a psychotherapist specializing in spiritual-existential support in health care in palliative care, trauma and ICU, complex care. From 2007 to the present I've specialized in oncology developing an outpatient spiritual care and psychotherapy practice as part of the Supportive Care Department at the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP). During this time I've created a group process for those living with cancer offered for patients of the London Regional Cancer Program called "Soul-Medicine", using art, nature, poetry, meditation and discussion to explore finding strength, hope and meaning when living with cancer. PracticeCALM is a training program I developed with Amanda J. Williams to train Radiation Therapists techniques that help to reduce treatment related anxiety for patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment.



Fazakerley, J., Butlin-Battler, H., Bradish, Grace. (2012). Just Stay: A Couple’s Last Journey Together. Toronto: Words Indeed Press.


1 500 copies sold: Canada, Germany, England, New Zealand.The book tells the story of Jen and Rob Fazakerley’s remarkable and life-affirming experience of finding hope in every day when a hope for cure with Rob's pancreatic cancer was not an option.

Journal articles


Butlin, H., Kinsella, E. A., Garcia, C, Bauman, G. [2016]. “Searching for wisdom in oncology care: A scoping literature review”. Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care (e-pub.ahead of print).


Butlin, H., Williams, A., Garcia, C.S., Salter, K. (2016). Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. “PracticeCALM: Coaching anxiety lessening methods for Radiation Therapists, a pilot study of a skills-based training program in radiation oncology”. (xx, 1-8, e-pub ahead of print).

Butlin, H. (2015). “Psycho-oncology: Searching for practical wisdom?” Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care, 13(5), 1495–1500.


Butlin, H. (2015). [In press]. “The Legacy”. Poetics Inquiries for Reflection & Renewal.


Book Chapter

Butlin, H. (In press). Soul-Medicine - An Autoethnography. In J. Higgs & D. Tasker (Eds.), Community-based healthcare: The search for mindful dialogue. Sydney, Australia.


Keynote speaker 

As a speaker at a variety of international, national and regional conferences I invite a focus on the humane, creative, compassionate and wise in all aspects of our lives for a much needed, hopeful future.


Please note: For present or past oncology patients of the London Regional Cancer Program, please contact me through the centre by calling through the operator at 519-685-8500 and ask for Helen Butlin in the  "Supportive Care at the London Regional Cancer Program" in London Health Sciences Centre. 




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