About the Principal

Dr Helen Kalaboukas is the founder and principal of ARISTON since 1993. Helen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne), a Bachelor of Education (La Trobe University) and a PhD (Swinburne University of Technology).

Helen has developed extensive experience through her work in diverse areas including co-ordinator of the Greek Women’s Learning Centre and the couple and family

counsellor with the Australian Greek Welfare Society (1990-1993).

In 1993, she was appointed international student counsellor at Swinburne University of Technology and in 1998 manager of Student Services until 2005. Helen received the Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Award - Innovative Programs in 2002 and 2005 for her initiatives in students' development programs. From 2006-2010 Helen was a Monash appointed lecturer in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore in the courses of Master in Counselling.

In 2008 Helen established the Centre for Emotional Intelligence in East Melbourne. The Centre provides individual psychotherapy and training programs on Emotional and Cultural Intelligence, Global Leadership, Multicultural Counselling, and Positive Psychology.

Helen completed her PhD thesis on “The Development and Evaluation of an Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Training Program in a Culturally Diverse Population”, and published her book Emotional Intelligence and Leadership (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012).

Over the years Helen has presented numerous interviews on Greek radio, television and newspapers on educational, social, cultural and psychological issues. She has been a member of numerous professional bodies and recently she was enlisted with Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies as a Board member, participating in its editorial committee and presenting lectures on issues pertinent to the Hellenic legacies.