More about Heather

Heather Lesley-Swan, Analytic Psychotherapist, Sandplay Therapist and international change agency consultant has a breadth of professional and clinical experience rarely available. Her insightful empathy is balanced with exceptional training and broad experience; she is committed to positive client outcomes, working with seniors, adults and young people in all life domains.

Initially trained in Law, Heather holds a Masters in Psychotherapy, Post-Graduate qualifications in Counselling and Communications Management and cites certification as an Ethics Educator among her many qualifications. She is a Certified Sandplay Therapist, the first Australian member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (see

She has held senior corporate roles, led her own global consulting company, and is the parent and step-parent of five children now all with independent and uniquely contributing lives. She has also been a service provider with Alzheimers Australia, GAME (problem gamblers), Telefriend, Youth Insearch, Rotary International (Youth Service), Carers NSW and Workcover NSW.

Heather has a particular interest in autism spectrum implications, to which she brings her knowledge of current neuroscience and the development of the capacity to symbolise. Her work is also informed by attachment and trauma research, including proven pathways for individual transformation and well-being.

Heather has presented public, in-house and University programs and professional papers in Australia, Europe, UK, USA and Asia, and delights in contributing to professional development. Comments include:

"You really helped me – and I never expected I'd need it! I've found a deep sense of peace, and a transformation in my life and work. And my people say I'm more effective."
Bank Executive

"I was most impressed with both the high level of symbolic understanding that Heather was able to help her client move into and also her ability to convey the work in such a clear and concise way--with heart."
Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., L. M.F.T., J.A.

"Dora Kalff, founder of Sandplay Therapy, spoke often of the importance of creating a "free and protected space" in order for the client to experience healing and transformation. Heather's personal warmth and palpable inner stillness are I believe the personal qualities which make this possible for her clients. If you are seeking a therapist to truly journey with you, I can wholeheartedly recommend Heather Lesley-Swan."
LaVon Bobo, Psychologist, L.M.F.T. Teaching Member STA and ISST

"This has been the best initiative we have ever implemented"
People Strategies Director