Individual counselling is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. The therapist helps the client to: explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors; better understand themselves and others; work through challenges or difficult memories; identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change; set personal or life goals, and work towards desired change.
Family therapy is a form of counselling where you attend sessions with members of your immediate or extended family, as a means of addressing problems and concerns impacting on an individual within the family or a number of family members. The aim is to work towards the resolution of the problem so as to improve overall family functioning. Common problems brought to family therapy include; conflict between members, concerns about individual member’s behaviour or wellbeing, or concerns about changes in relationships between members. Family therapy can also assist in helping family members to work through intergenerational, long standing or complex family issues.
Couple Counselling is a very similar form of counselling to family therapy, however, involves the parties to the couple and the therapist. People bring many issues and concerns to couples counselling. The therapist will use similar principles and methodologies to that of family therapy. These may include; arguing, uncertainty about staying together, worries about the prospect of separation for the partners and/or children to the relationship, loss of intimacy in the relationship, infidelity. Couple counselling can help both partners to become better connected to each other and to relate in more positive, thoughtful ways. Good outcomes in couple counselling often have a flow-on effect to children in the family, as children are highly attuned to the dynamics in the parent /couple relationship. Parents often notice changes in children’s behaviour during the course of couples counselling.
Debrah provides external clinical supervision to a number of caseworkers and counsellors in a variety of settings and also offers secondary consultation. The purpose of supervision is to enhance the clinical social worker’s professional skills, knowledge, and attitudes in order to achieve competency in providing quality client care. It aids in professional growth and development and improves clinical outcomes.
Debrah holds a Certificate 1V in Training and Assessment. She developed and delivered professional training programs for The Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Victoria for 14 years. Debrah also worked as a Contract Trainer with two other Recognised Training Organisations; Adults Surviving Child Abuse (The Blue Knot Foundation) and The Lighthouse Institute.