Kathleen Helgason and Anastasia Barbopoulos are the owners and primary professional staff for Heilsa-Holistic Solutions, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have over 40 years of combined experience in addressing chemical dependency, anger and emotion control, stress management, compulsive behaviours, and psychological trauma. They also have contacts with numerous other professionals and occasionally contract their services for specialized requests.
Dr. Barbopoulos is a Winnipeg-based clinical psychologist licensed in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta Canada. Her graduate education was obtained at Boston University and University of Manitoba. Since graduating, Dr Barbopoulos has provided psychological assessment and treatment for over 10 years in hospital, community, and forensic settings. She has also taught psychology courses at various institutions, and presented her research at national and international conferences. In her current position as Chief Psychologist with Correctional Services of Canada, Dr. Barbopoulos provides clinical and administrative supervision to other psychologists. As a co-founder of Heilsa-Holistic Solutions, She facilitates workshops and provides psychological therapy. She treats clients either in-person at her Winnipeg office or through E-Therapy (i.e., on-line therapy). Whether client challenges are related to stress, depression, anxiety, or interpersonal relationships, Dr. Barbopoulos approaches therapy with empathy and understanding. She bases her treatment style primarily on a cognitive-behavioral orientation and the assumption that people have the potential to change problematic patterns of behaviour and live emotionally and physically healthy lives.
Kathleen has over 20 years experience working in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the areas of group facilitation, individual counselling, and program development. She has specialized in addressing issues of anger, addiction, and relapse prevention. In working with non-profit and government agencies, Kathleen recognized that client needs could be effectively addressed by adopting a holistic approach. She began to incorporate yoga, meditation, creative writing, art, and drama in her work with others, and discovered the healing and transformative impact of these techniques. Kathleen has also trained in Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as developed by Dr. Bruno Cayoun at the MiCBT Institute, University of Tasmania. This therapeutic approach teaches people to develop self-awareness and self-control, and to change unwanted patterns of behaviour. Kathleen personally embraces a daily practice of yoga and meditation and shares the benefits of this practice with others. She is a certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200 Hours) and a certified teacher in Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga, a program developed by Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua of Massachusetts. As a Peaceful Weight Loss teacher, Kathleen helps people develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. She is committed to working with people to achieve optimum well-being and greater balance in their everyday lives.