Deborah Psychologist

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Deborah Psychologist Perth

  • Deborah

    Clinical Psychologist Perth

    B Sc; M Psych (Couns); Clin Psych; MAPS

    Hart Centre Certified

    LOCATIONS
    • Winthrop, Perth
    Specialised Training
    • Gottman Levels 1 and 2
    • Infidelity and Trauma (Gottman)
    • Completed Master of Counselling Psychology which included Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    Areas of Interest

    Attachment issues, infidelity, grief and loss and domestic violence (working with women).

    Deborah has been providing effective relationship counselling for more than 20 years and sees clients from her Winthrop office.   Her desire and ability to help couples build resilient and more deeply connected relationships is reflected in comments made by her clients, present and past, as well as her popularity as a relationship therapist.  She has specialised skills in helping couples work through a wide range of difficulties and strongly believes that the relationship we have with our significant other, as well as with ourselves impacts significantly on our overall wellbeing.

    Having trained in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy at Curtin University of Western Australia and studied Family Therapy and Family Research at University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, the approach Deborah uses is evidence based and identifies emotion as the most important factor in adult attachment and the way couples bond.  There is an emphasis on the way in which partners connect emotionally and when in distressing patterns how they can be helped to reconnect to build stronger bonds.  Deborah also draws from other therapies such as psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural, in addressing and working through individual factors that also impact on our relationship with ourselves and partner.

    Deborah can assist with communication difficulties and the management of conflict, intimacy issues both physical and emotional, reconnecting after an affair, and issues to do with power and control.  She is also aware of the many and varied challenges faced by couples across the life span and can assist couples through difficult developmental transitions such as having children, coping with ageing, illness, and the blended family.

    Within a confidential, safe and supportive environment Deborah can help you to work through your relationship issues and help you to achieve a deeper connection with your significant other.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    27 years

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?

    I often get feedback from clients that they feel comfortable with me. I think I am good at empathizing and intuiting, and I believe this is partly due to my nature but also my ability to relate to couples because of my own life background and relationship experiences.

    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    I get great satisfaction and fulfillment from watching couples who are struggling to communicate their feelings openly and honestly begin to do just that. I find it extremely satisfying to see the relief on their faces when they manage to communicate effectively, have their partner hear them, and then watch the positive effect this has on their relationship. Even when one of them may not hear what they want to hear.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    A couple with two children, one of which was severely disabled. While alcohol was already somewhat of an issue in the relationship, the unexpected challenge of having a disabled child exacerbated their drinking. Both gave up the alcohol and were then able to process and address their grief and find ways to support each other. They began to better manage their daily challenges with their children, be positive role models for them, and be supportive of each other as parents and lovers.

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