About Us

Helen Rowe (Founder)

Helen Rowe is an Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Counsellor who has over 20 years’ experience working with people whose lives have been affected by disability or injury. She predominantly works with and has particular skills and experience in assisting people with Chronic (persistent) Pain to find as many means as possible to manage pain and to grow through the pain into a life that has value for them.

Helping participants navigate their way back to a productive and healthy Lifestyle led Helen to develop an appreciation for the complex nature of persistent pain and the benefit of individualised, multi modal treatment approaches.
During this time she became keenly interested in assisting people to identify vocational aspirations and engage meaningfully in the workforce and so her parallel career as a rehabilitation counsellor evolved.

History

Helen’s search for a deeper understanding of the array of management approaches for persistent pain and an opportunity to focus clinical skills led her to the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she served as a senior Occupational Therapist for over a decade. 

It was here that she worked closely with colleagues who have inspired and mentored her such as Professors Jenny Strong and Tess Cramond, both passionate advocates of the role of Occupational Therapy in pain management. She considers herself fortunate to have been introduced to the work of Lorimer Moseley during his time at RBWH.  Similar to previous work experience, she valued the multidisciplinary environment and the opportunity to learn from both her patients and the multidisciplinary professional team. At the Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Helen practised in both inpatient and outpatient settings developing and running group and individual treatment programs, especially focusing on mind body techniques such as relaxation and mindfulness.  During this time, Helen also undertook private practice providing occupational therapy, rehabilitation and clinical counselling and clinical hypnosis services specialising in pain management.

Experience & Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – UQ, 1979
  • Masters Social Science (Counselling) – QUT, 2006
  • Post Grad Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis – QUT, 2002
  • Post Graduate Diploma Social Science (Counselling) – Queensland University of Technology, 1989

Registrations. Memberships

  • Medicare Provider Number : 2837091T (EPC; Focused Psychological Strategies)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Work Cover Qld provider     
  • Member Australian Pain Society
  • Distinguished Member Award, The Australian Pain Society 2015

Additional Qualifications . Certifications

      ●    Awarded Churchill Fellowship 2008 - The Winston 
            Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia “To study the
            clinical practice of Allied Health Team Members
            (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology)
            within Multidisciplinary Pain Management Centres,
            around the world. To use this knowledge to inform and
            develop current practice in Queensland and
            Australia.”   Auckland New Zealand; Calgary Canada;
             Maastricht Holland; Bath UK. April 2009 – July 2009.
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). 19 - 21 Feb 2020.
  • Pelvic Pain Foundation of Aust, Annual Health Practitioner Seminar May 2021.
  • December 2019, 2012 Explain Pain - Neuro Orthopaedic Institute ( NOI) www.noigroup.com
  • Living with and Beyond Your Pain; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the treatment of Chronic Pain. JoAnne Dahl Ph.D. Association for Contextual Behavioral Science ANZ ACBS 11th Annual conference October 2017. www.anzact.com
  • PGAP Progressive Goal Attainment Program training.www.pgapworks.com
  • 20 – 24 March 2017 Advanced training Breathing Essentials, Breathability. Byron Bay, NSW, Australia. Tess Graham, Physiotherapist. www.breathability.com

Additional Qualifications. Certifications

  • Teacher Training May, 2013, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program) Openground www.openground.com.au
  • EMDR Level 1 Training, Melbourne Australia, 2014 http://www.therapist-training.com.au
  • Teacher Training Certificate Medical Hypnosis. College of Medical Hypnosis, 2012
  • 100 Hours Training in Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Psychotherapy. Dr Michael Yapko, 2011 www.yapko.com
  • Level 1Training Breathworks, February 2014, www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/australia
  • MiCBT (Mindfulness Integrated CBT): A Foundation course for Mental Health Professionals, 2014. MiCBT Institute mindfulness.net.au  
  • Helen has completed many practitioner trainings in Mindfulness based CBT approaches. eg. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)