Ba Soc Science
Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Deborah is a Psychotherapist and accredited Gestalt Therapist, providing short and long term counselling for individuals and couples. She has a degree in Social Science specialising in gender studies and addictions. Her practice is informed by her belief in equality and social justice.
Deborah is a Registered Nurse and has been a practicing midwife for over 30 years. Her interest is in working with and supporting women and their partners to navigate the unique and challenging events that present in their lives. She specialises in:
Same sex couples counselling
Intimate and significant relationships
FIFO and relationships
Parenting, Unintended pregnancy and abortion
Birthing, Bonding, Birth trauma and neo-natal loss
Mothering or fathering as a lifetime occupation
Parenting adolescents and thriving
Relationships and older age
Sexuality across the life span
Carer challenges and stressors
Career and workplace issues
Mediation and conflict resolution
When working with you as a client Deborah is sincere, caring and non judge mental. She will support and validate you and your experiences and will provide a trusting and safe environment. She will assist you to explore different and effective ways of being with yourself as well as significant people in your life. She uses humour, stories, experiments and demonstrations to assist you to gain the most from your sessions.
Deborah works at a pace that you determine and is respectful of your sensitivities and goals. At the same time she is willing to challenge fixed views and old beliefs that may be keeping you from moving to a position of acceptance, understanding or change.
Deborah is happy to work with clients via SKYPE as she recognises that attending in person is not always possible especially for FIFO clients.
Deborah has published a research paper on issues related to women’s health .
Deborah also provides mediation for families and individuals experiencing conflict either in the home or their place of work. Deborah is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and is registered with the Federal Attorney General to provide Family dispute resolution to separated parents attempting to resolve parenting issues. Deborah is authorised to provide Section 60 certificates as she assesses appropriate. For more information visit mediatematters.com.au.