Psychologist Mitchen Melbourne
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Clinical Psychologist
B. Sc. (Hons), M.Psych. (Clinical)/D. Philosophy
Associate MAPS

Deb has been registered as a Psychologist since July 2008. She has recently completed the combined Masters of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD and was endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist in January 2017. Deb has extensive experience in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and work rehabilitation. Over the past decade, she has provided assessment and treatment services to older adults, adults, families and adolescents. Her roles have included providing EAP assistance and psychological intervention in the areas of work-related stress and performance, grief and loss, balancing family and work responsibilities, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders (e.g., generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, panic disorder and phobias. Deb has had significant experience in Critical Incident Management Services (for events such as natural disasters (i.e., bush-fires, floods) and other traumas (i.e., witnessing suicide, death, accidents). Also in Deb’s career she worked in early intervention providing assistance to parents and their children’s behavioural and attachment problems and she is able to offer relationship counselling.

Deb has both significant experience and a special interest in change and adjustment issues (eg. adjustment to injury/health condition, parental adjustment, and return to work), pain, weight (obesity and over-eating) and health management. At undergraduate level Deb studied both Psychology and Physiology and understands the importance of mind-body connection and taking a holistic approach to both physical and psychological well-being. In this regard Deb has particular expertise in the area of health psychology and is engaged in research, predominantly researching and designing psychological interventions aimed to assist individuals in adjusting to, and living with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. Most specifically her Phd is in the area of, the loved ones providing care for family members with Parkinson’s Disease.

Deb is an enthusiastic and committed psychologist who has a warm, accepting, and engaging manner. Her therapeutic style is open and flexible, and she aims to create a nurturing, growth-conducive environment for each-and-every individual she works with. Deb brings sound clinical skills, psychological insight as well as sense of fun to the therapy room. She tailor-makes interventions to suit each individual’s needs and therapy goals from a range of therapy frameworks including Neuropsychotherapy, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema-Focused Therapy (SFT), Eye-Movement Reprocessing Desensitisation (EMDR), Gestalt therapy and Loving-kindness meditation. Her major objective is to tap into people’s strengths and resources, to assist them in becoming his or her ‘best self’ in all aspects of their lives and relationships. Deb works with individuals to identify and remove personal barriers that may holding them back, and ultimately to allow freedom to live a valued life, in the fullest and most meaningful way.

Originally from the UK, she has worked in Brisbane and enjoyed the healthy lifestyle Australia offers for the past 13 years. In her spare time, Deb is active, energetic and loves to be out-and-about exploring, she enjoys running, practicing yoga, and meeting people from all walks of life.

 Clinical Specialties

  • Anxiety Disorders (e.g., OCD, GAD, social anxiety, panic disorder)
  • Adjustment and change (e.g., adjusting to injury, chronic illness, parenthood)
  • Carer concerns (diagnoses of loved ones)
  • Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression, Bipolar)
  • Anger management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Pain Management
  • Personal Growth & Development (identity issues, loss of meaning)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship conflict, separation
  • Self-care and resilience
  • Trauma (e.g., PTSD and Critical Incident Management Services)
  • Work related stress and performance
  • Weight & Health management

Therapy Specialities

  • Neuropsychotherapy or Brain-Based Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (incl. Self-acceptance and Loving-Kindness Meditation and Mindfulness training)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Schema Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic- Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Brief solution focused therapy

 

Client Groups

  • Adults and Older Adults
  • Relationship counselling
  • Families
  • Adolescents (16+)

Deb is available Monday and Friday and offers day and evening appointments.