Debra is an Individual and Couples Therapist, and a CCAA Registered Supervisor who specialises in working with adults significantly impact by childhood trauma and neglect. She has 17 years of clinical experience working in private practice and 10 years providing clinical supervision and secondary consultations. She has also provided counselling support at Relationships Australia (2009 to 2016) to individuals involved with the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and the development and delivery of a couple’s Relationship Skill Building workshop.
Debra’s work experience also includes 3 years lecturing at Tabor College (now Eastern College) in Human Lifespan Development, and Marriage and Family Therapy, guest lecturing on the topic of Trauma. Debra co-developed and delivered a 5 Day residential program and a 9 week Trauma Recovery educational workshop for adult survivors of trauma, abuse & neglect. Like several other workers in the field,
Debra describes herself as a survivor and thriver beyond her experience of childhood abuse growing up with a Narcissistic father and sister. She has a special interest in complex trauma and dissociation which prompted her studies with Janina Fisher, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma in 2015 to 2016 Debra uses an interactive presentation style that encourages participation, and focuses on the practical relevance of the topic within a clinical context.
She holds a BA in Christian Counselling, Grad Cert in Developmental Trauma, Masters in Counselling and Human Services, Adv. Cert. in Supervision.