"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
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:
ways to nurture your inner balance and creativity
to change a creative block in your work or life
compassion fatigue, burnout, high stress
a life crossroads, seeking a new direction
spirituality, meaning, purpose, hope in life
professional therapist, needing to fill your own well
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.
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.
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,
(2015). [In press]. “The Legacy”. Poetics
Inquiries for Reflection & Renewal.
Kinsella, E. A., Garcia, C, Bauman, G. [Accepted in revision]. “Searching for
wisdom in oncology care: A scoping literature review”. Journal of Social Science and Medicine.
Butlin, H. (In press).
Soul-Medicine - An Autoethnography. In J. Higgs & D. Tasker (Eds.), Community-based
healthcare: The search for mindful dialogue. Sydney, Australia.
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
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.