Deanne has been registered as a psychologist for 14 years. At the beginning of her psychology career she worked in academia teaching and conducting research in psychology as well as working one-on-one with clients. After getting her PhD, Deanne worked full time as an academic for a couple of years before shifting back towards private practice.
She started her relationship and marriage counselling journey in 2019 by training in Emotion Focussed Therapy for Couples.
The Emotion Focussed Therapy approach to working with couples looks for the negative patterns and cycles that couples get stuck in and helps couples to find what has been missing in their relationship since it became troubled. It looks for unmet needs and helps clients to find ways to support and connect with each other.
Her passion has always been working with people to lead happier and more connected lives, and Deanne found that relationship counselling is a great way to do this. She continues to work with both couples and individuals. She works with people with a wide variety of common concerns including Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and family troubles but has also specialised in Trauma and working with members of our Emergency Services.
Her best qualities as a relationship counsellor are her warmth, her ability to connect with both partners equally, as well as her ability to help couples understand what patterns or cycles they are stuck in, and help them to find a way forward to better communicate and support each other.
It is important to Deanne to work with her clients to understand their relationship, they are the experts in their experiences and their relationship, and nothing will change without first understanding how things came to be so difficult.
Clients can expect that working with Deanne will help them to understand the cycles that they are stuck in, and how to change this. They can expect Deanne to adjust her approach to best suit the needs of her clients and the particular difficulties that they are having in their relationship.