Helen Butlin, (RP), MDiv, PhD

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  • Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO)
  • Near Victoria Park, downtown London,details given by phone., London, Ontario, N6B 1Z5
  • Phone: 519-281-8675
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  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

"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
 Welcome, I'm Helen....

Sometimes it is hard to reach out but if we can find the courage, it can change our lives.

From counselling and psychotherapy with many individuals over twenty years, I have come to steadfastly believe that everyone has more wisdom for getting through a difficult time than they generally realize.
Your first consultation will assess your particular situation and determine the type of support and psychotherapy that may work best for you. I will make appropriate referrals as necessary if further medical or clinical assessment is needed or different therapy modalities would fit your needs better. 
Loss, illness, trauma, grief can be integrated into strength and wisdom but it's not easy and there is no clear map. We rarely find our inner resources alone because so often, we are hardest on ourselves.
 My hand is extended to you if you need support right now.

I offer a steadfast commitment to create a compassionate space for each client. I work with individual beliefs, values, goals, spirituality, hopes, through practical, in depth psychotherapy and counselling.

Together, we (re)discover your wholeness and strengths for a life that feels purposeful, meaningful, balanced and life-giving.

Why I studied 'wisdom' in my doctoral research...

In my clinical practice in health care I have had the tremendous privilege to walk beside hundreds of individuals and families through cancer, bereavement, trauma, crisis, depression, anxiety, complex grief, post traumatic stress, hopelessness, searching for meaning living with chronic illness and through other acutely difficult life experiences such as job loss, divorce, or unplanned career transitions.
Each person has affirmed my conviction that we all have a depth of inner wisdom to find a way through anything, if we keep a focus on the tiny steps that we can manage and get the right support.
In fact, I was so compelled by my patients' cultivation of real, practical and meaningful life wisdom discovered in the midst of awful situations in their lives that I conducted doctoral research on wisdom with women who were living with the acutely difficult diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Beth, Carrie, and Denise (pseudonyms) contributed such moving insights to the study that they can give you or I great hope that no matter what we face, we can find a way to live each day and focus on what gives meaning, hope and purpose.... even when it seems impossible.
 But again, they also emphasize, we can't do this alone.

It is relationships of support and "wisdom conversations" as Denise put it, "small steps" and "making plans", as Carrie said, and "creating that feeling of hope" as Beth emphasized, that are all critical ingredients to finding our way through difficulty. My therapy practice focuses on each client finding their own wisdom, small steps, and ways to create that feeling of hope… in their own way.
A way is there to be found and we discover it together. 
But what is wisdom? Research shows that wisdom is practical, intuitive, self-compassionate, resilient, empathic, skilled and gives us a way to navigate uncertainty, loss, difficult crossroads and physical, mental, emotional, spiritual suffering. Wisdom helps us live through the paradoxes in life including our mortality, radical vulnerability in relationships and worst fears.

However, I have also learned, both personally and professionally, that rarely do we find our strengths, solutions or wisdom, alone. In my own life, it has been finding wise guides in friends, mentors and skilled therapists at the right time that has made the crucial difference.
My research study can be found at this link (cut and paste it into your browser) in case you're interested in reading further:
For front-line practitioners or a high stress work life
As a Certified Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Vicarious Trauma Therapist I also offer therapy for front line workers who are exposed to high volumes of human suffering and trauma as part of daily life. I've experienced these states myself and understand how difficult it can be. It can sneak up on you and the crash happens typically when both a work situation and personal grief have collided. For front line practitioners I have developed a robust tool kit developed in wellness programs for oncology doctors, radiation therapists, allied health practitioners, nurses and leaders for recovery and sustaining resiliency and mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health on the front lines.
For parents
Focusing on your own personal healing & growth IS impactful parenting.  

On a last note, for the parents reading this - as a mother of two children I understand intimately the juggle of life and parenting and know that my personal therapy work has radically changed my approach as a parent.
A gift you give to them can be to support yourself with guidance from someone outside your family system in personal therapy. It will pay forward to your kids as well. Parent guilt can be insidiously draining on your self-esteem, co-parenting relationship and resilience. Ditching the guilt or feelings of inadequacy can be the biggest change to tackling genuine problems creatively and wisely.
Thank you for taking the time to read this introduction to my practice. I can honestly say that each person I've had the privilege of supporting has taught me something new about how to deepen our strengths and resilience, hone our life wisdom for living through hard times, and to not sweat the small stuff!
You can learn a little more about my past work in oncology in the YouTube below (scroll down to the bottom) given at a Regional Supportive Care Conference in London, Ontario for health care practitioners. It gives insight into the nature of 'spiritual distress' which can manifest with depression, anxiety, hopelessness not only in those living with illness but in all of our lives during difficult times.
If you're interested in a 50 minute consultation session please email using the "Let's Connect" button on my Theravive listing. I will respond within 24 hours Mon - Sat unless my listing states I'm away.
My fees are priced to be accessible and you can submit receipts to insurance companies. I do offer a sliding scale for low income households and special needs accommodation.
I look forward to meeting with you if you are would like to reach out.
For some, spirituality is a source of meaning and it is important to them that this is part of the conversation in therapy. As a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CASC), I will honour your personal beliefs and values and have supported people from many different faith and wisdom traditions. If this is important to you, we will integrate your spiritual well-being into the process. However, spiritual values are not a requirement to benefit from our work together.


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London ON