As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Helen is trained and experienced in helping people explore their interpersonal style using the therapy relationship as a template. Assuming the existence of an unconscious, where appropriate she works closely with each individual to determine patterns and blocks that get in the way of clear thinking. She aims to help people accurately reflect on their inner world thereby resolving long-standing personality problems and concerns.
Over 20 years’ experience in counselling and psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, couples and groups.
- Individual counselling
- Couple and Sexual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Trauma-focused Therapy and EMDR
- Non-Directive Pregnancy Related Therapy
- TAC, Worksafe, Victims of Crime
- Skype and Telephone
- Therapy for Creative Development
- Supervision for Allied Health Professionals
Helen sees people who present with the following problems:
- Mixed Depression
- Single Trauma
- Complex Trauma/PTSD
- Sleep Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Disorders
- Expanding Intimacy and Sexual Potential
- Creative Development
- Midlife Transition
- Health Issues
- Chronic Illness
- Sexual Abuse
- Gender Identity I Gender Dysphoria
- Grief and Loss
- End of Life
In addition, she is passionate about working with artists, musicians, writers, performers and anyone open to living a more creative life.
Helen can tailor a therapy package to meet your needs and fit your budget. Generally she will take 1-3 sessions to make a thorough assessment of the issues ensure she is the right therapist for you. Medicare rebates available through your GP or Psychiatrist and paid directly into your account.
Her practice hours are 12 – 7 Tues – Thurs, 12 – 6 Fri.
Get to know me
Alexis specialises in family-centred care – an approach that builds on the strengths of the family and develops a young person’s capacity for healthy social, emotional and intellectual development.
Alexis works with children of all ages, alongside their parents, carers and families. Children communicate distress in different ways to adults.
Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists are trained in play therapy and this technique provides a means to understand a child’s experience and view of the world. Alexis provides psychotherapy to children who may be experiencing a range of behavioural difficulties, separation anxiety, grief and loss, tantrums, improving social skills.
Psychological counselling can help reduce the symptoms of many kinds of issues.
Alexis works with adolescents who may be experiencing:
- Anxiety / Panic / OCD
- School Refusal
- School/Tertiary study/Work transitions
- Difficulty with academic focus and motivation
- Relationship difficulties
- Recovery from trauma – sexual assault, family violence
- Gender Dysphoria
A Happier, Healthier You
Alexis offers adult psychotherapy to people experiencing depression, social difficulties, health related issues, anxiety, self-esteem issues, trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, employment issues, experiences of sexual and emotional abuse.
In addition to her private practice at High Street Medical Centre, Alexis works in tertiary education (RMIT University) as a Student Counsellor, and teaches Child Psychotherapy in the Master of Mental Health Science, Department of Psychiatry, Monash University.
Alexis has been a Student Counsellor in Catholic, State and Independent Schools (Primary and Secondary) and has worked as a Clinical Social Worker at Alfred CYMHS, and at Headspace.
Alexis has knowledge of the impact that chronic and acute physical and mental health conditions have on patients and their families. She has worked in Children’s Hospitals in Sydney, Perth and Auckland.
Before establishing her private practice, Alexis worked at beyondblue as Clinical Adviser, National Education Initiative, and in this capacity, she was able to draw on her clinical knowledge of early childhood through to adulthood.
Alexis is also a qualified Couple and Family Therapist having worked at Relationships Australia.
You can visit Alexis’s website here
Dr Sacks graduated in South Africa and trained as a psychiatrist in UK. He has been consulting as a psychiatrist for 40 years and has practiced exclusively as a chronic pain psychiatrist for the past 14 years.