About Deborah

I am a Gestalt Therapist and Psychotherapist and specialise in working with couples who are faced with unexpected events or chronic issues affecting the quality of their relationship. I also work extensively with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, stress, workplace issues and relationship/family issues.

Specifically, I assist couples to work through the rupture of their relationship, when one of them has had an affair. To help them address “unfinished business” and often long held resentments that impacts their feeling of safety and connection with their partner. Sometimes there has not been a crisis, just a slow disconnection from each other, and the realisation something is wrong, and they want to get back to what they used to have.

I have worked as an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner mediating with separated parents to work through their parenting issues as new single parents. I no longer maintain my accreditation as I have focussed on my psychotherapy practice, but these experiences value add enormously to my work with couples and families.

As an accredited Circle of Security Parenting (COSP) Facilitator I provide educational workshops for individuals, couples and small groups that provides evidence-based learning programs on attachment-based parenting. This program helps all caregivers get to the emotions the child is experiencing, rather then just responding to the behaviour, this makes it unique and the only program that has secure attachment and safety as its goal.

Perth Counselling Deborah

My Therapeutic Approach

I work from a place of genuine interest and curiosity about each person I meet with. I am informed by a range of training including my decades of nursing and midwifery, Gestalt Therapy, Attachment and Polyvagal theories and my belief in equality & social justice.

As an accredited provider of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP, an evidence based neural network exercise associated with listening to enhance perception of the full range of the human voice), I can offer this program to clients when appropriate as an adjunct to their therapy to enhance their outcomes.
I will support and validate you and your experiences, and provide a trusting and safe environment so you are able to explore different and effective ways of being with yourself as well as significant people in your life. I use humour, stories, experiments and demonstrations to help you to gain the most from your sessions.

Location and Hours

Room 1, 66 Ord St,
Wednesdays 2pm – 7.30pm,
Thursdays 3pm- 7.30pm,
Alternate Saturdays 10am – 2pm
12 Harrier Pl, Stirling WA 6021
Monday and Tuesday by arrangement with Deborah.
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As restrictions surrounding COVID-19 begin to ease in Western Australia, Perth Counselling and Psychotherapy is once again offering face-to-face sessions, in addition to online sessions. For those of you visiting us in-person, rest assured that we are strictly following social distancing regulations and will not have any physical contact with clients. If you have any questions, please contact your therapist for more information.