• Psychologist Perth.


    Clinical Psychologist Perth

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

    Hart Centre Certified

    100% Trust and Satisfaction Guarantee In Relationship
    • Winthrop, WA
    Accepted Insurance Funds

    All health funds. Medicare rebates available for individual sessions only (with a valid Mental Health Care Plan).

    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
    • Sex and Relationships, Barry McCarthy
    Areas of Interest
    • Attachment issues
    • Infidelity
    • Grief and loss
    • Domestic violence (working with women).
    Described by Hart clients as:
    • Comforting
    • Empathic approach
    • Easy to talk to
    • Very calming
    About Therapist

    Deborah has been providing effective relationship counselling for more than 20 years. Her passion 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, significantly impacts 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 she uses is evidence based. She identifies emotion as the most important factor in adult attachment and the way couples bond. With an emphasis on the way in which partners connect emotionally and when in distressing patterns, she helps partners reconnect to build stronger bonds.  She 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.

    She 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, she 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?

    Over 27 years.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. I often get feedback from clients that they feel comfortable with me.
    2. Empathic and intuitive nature
    3. 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?

    Seeing 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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