“I enjoy hearing and learning about peoples individual and unique experiences. I am very passionate about supporting people to improve their overall health and wellbeing. My clients inspire me every day when they challenge themselves and take steps towards achieving their goals and living a life more consistent with their own personal values.”
Debbie is a psychologist with a passion for assisting patients to reach their full potential and live a meaningful life. She has a friendly demeanour with a respectful and non-judgemental attitude and uses a collaborative approach, which allows her to understand the unique story that her patients bring to therapy. Debbie spends time exploring the inherent strengths that her patients possess and utilises these to assist her patients to achieve their goals. Debbie is committed to providing ethical and evidence-based practice. She is genuinely interested in her client’s experiences and enjoys continuing to develop her knowledge and skills in order to provide them with the best treatment possible.
Debbie has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Sydney; a Postgraduate Diploma at the Australian Catholic University; and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Newcastle. Debbie was awarded the Ros Gribble Prize in Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle in recognition for achieving the highest grades in her cohort during her first year of coursework and clinical placements.
Debbie is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001891189).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Debbie has experience working with individuals across the lifespan and from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. She provides assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for a variety of mental health concerns and has experience working in both outpatient and inpatient services. She has trained with the Central Coast Eating Disorders Service, co-facilitating the adult day program services and providing early intervention treatment sessions for young people with eating concerns. She is also highly experienced in providing early intervention services for children with emotional, intellectual and behavioural difficulties and in providing Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy to teach important life skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Debbie’s experiences to date have allowed her to pursue her strong interest in working with feeding and eating disorders, gender dysphoria, and Autism Spectrum Disorder and to develop a high level of expertise in providing services for individuals and families affected by these concerns. Debbie also commonly works with people experiencing, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotion regulation difficulties (e.g. self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviour), and attentional and behavioural difficulties (e.g. ADHD).
Debbie is committed to using only those treatment strategies that have been shown to have effective outcomes for patients. In particular, Debbie works from a cognitive behavioural therapy model, utilising skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. The majority of Debbie’s work is with children, adolescents, and young people.
Debbie believes that providing evidence-based intervention is essential to ensuring that every patient is given the best chance of achieving successful outcomes from treatment. Debbie is dedicated to her role as a scientist-practitioner. To date her research has involved investigating the impact of emotion regulation on dietary self-control, and the effect of maternal wellbeing on the effectiveness of Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
WORKING WITH DEBBIE
If you would like to book an appointment with Debbie or would like to discuss further how Debbie could assist you with achieving your therapy goals please contact reception on 02 8814 5703 or firstname.lastname@example.org