Helen Townsend is an artist and works at Beacon House as our Creative Advisor. Combining inspiration from lived experience with academic training, she is passionate about translating complicated theories and painful subject areas into accessible and compassionate information that can be used by everyone in day to day life.

As an adoptive parent Helen aims to ensure ideas are realistic and practical for families and professionals. Helen believes that getting the information to those who need it is essential if we are to see true change for vulnerable children and adults. 



  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Life Story Work, IATE
    October 2017 – October 2018
  • Foundation Diploma in mindfulness, Centre of Excellence
    Sept 2015 – Dec 2015
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, Northbrook College
    Sept 2012 – June 2013
  • BA First Class Honours in Surface & Textile Design, Northbrook College
    Sept 2003 – June 2006
  • BTEC National Diploma in General Art & Design, Northbrook College
    Sept 1999 – July 2001
  • Therapy in colour – Anti-Racist and Intersectional Approaches
    Online Global Events, 14th and 15th July 2023
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training
    Roshmi Lovatt, 28th January 2023
  • Self-Harming in Children & Teens
    Beacon House Online Training, 3 hours, August 2022
  • The Power of the Senses; re-building sensory systems and supporting regulation in children impacted by early trauma
    Beacon House Online Training, 6 hours, May 2021
  • Building Emotional Regulation Skills in Children & Young People
    Beacon House Online Training, 6 hours, December 2020
  • Developmental Trauma for Professionals
    Beacon House Online Training, 12 hours, May 2020
  • The dynamic maturational model of attachment across the lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton, one day, May 2019
  • Trauma Informed Schools with Stuart Guest
    Guest speak at Beacon House, 25th January 2019
  • Éadaoin Bhreathnach: An Introduction to Sensory Attachment Intervention
    Training by Éadaoin Bhreathnach, 7th December 2018
  • Éadaoin Bhreathnach: The Art of Stress Management With You & Your Child
    Training by Éadaoin Bhreathnach, 6th December 2018
  • International trauma recovery summit, Belfast
    27th & 28th June 2018
  • Dan Hughes masterclass
    Centre for Emotional Development, October 2016