Deborah FlowerRegistered Psychologist
Deborah’s journey to become a psychologist began in her early 20s when she left the legal industry to pursue a career in counselling and began her career working with young people and adults in the area of addiction. One of Deborah’s passions is to engage in continued learning and professional development. This has led her to gain qualifications in alcohol and other drugs counselling, social sciences and holds Degrees in both Counselling and Psychology. She has over 20 years’ experience in counselling and psychological assessment and treatment working with both adults and young people.
She has a particular interest in working with client presentations relating to anxiety, depression, personality disorders, loss and grief, eating disorders, sport performance and addictions.
Deborah draws from a range of therapeutic approaches including psycho-dynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), trauma informed therapy, Narrative and Art Therapy. She is also qualified in CBT-E and DBT-BN to provide eating disorder treatment and is recognised as an Accredited Eating Disorder Clinician by the Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorder Academy (ANZAED. Deborah practices from a client-centered approach which places importance on building the therapeutic relationship.
Her training in different psychological and counselling modalities allows her to create a safe and trusting space where clients can work through their issues, while creating individualised treatments and interventions with her clients. Building a collaborate, safe and therapeutic relationship with her clients is paramount, as it provides them the choice of direction of therapy and goals to be achieved.
Deborah believes that “we create the story of our life, and that we have the power to change our stories and thus the direction of our lives” – Counselling is the avenue to create this change.