About Debra Bragança
Redlands Counselling Professional
My name is Debra Bragança and I am the Founder of Anchoring Your Life Counselling, a Private Practice located in a suburban area in Cleveland, Redlands. Whether you visit in person or opt for online counselling, you will find the service is personal and your privacy is a priority.
I am originally from South Africa and after spending a few years in the beautiful, picturesque country of New Zealand, my family made our way to the stunning sunny skies of Australia where we now call home.
My decision to become a therapist was made a few years after working through my own traumatic life events and I decided then that my purpose was to help others transform their lives by walking alongside them in their journey to improving their quality of life.
As a result of the many adversities I have faced throughout my life, I realised that while I could not control what life gave me, I could control what I did with that and so I am passionate about helping you do the same both within your own life and in your relationships.
My wealth of life experience, including a happy and stable marriage of more than 20 years, combined with my qualifications and training, enables me to meet you where you are at as we take each step together towards helping you live life to your full potential.
I have a particular interest in marriage counselling, and utilise the Gottman method of couples therapy.
Anchoring Your Life Counselling is a professional and accredited practice providing all clients with a caring and supportive environment. Here, through the use of evidence-based and solution-focused therapies, you will learn to develop self-awareness of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours whilst also developing the skills to improve your overall wellbeing and enhance your communication and connection within your marriage and relationships.
I am a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association and in order to meet the requirements of the Association each year, I undertake ongoing professional development on an annual basis and I receive regular supervision from both a Clinical Counsellor for individual therapy and a Clinical Psychologist, who is also a Master Trainer and Consultant for the Gottman Institute, for relationship therapy.
Some of my accreditations and training are shown below as well as my achievement as a finalist in the Professional Services Category for the Redland Bar Awards (Redland Business & Retail Awards) 2020.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training Level 1 & 2
Gottman Relationship Checkup Approved Member
Emotionally Focused Therapy Skills for Working with Couples
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma
Solution Focused Therapy
Person Centred Therapy
Diploma in Mindfulness
Core Value Therapy
Working with Suicidal Patients
Suicide Advanced Training
Supporting Clients who Self-Harm
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Loss and Grief from Chronic & Terminal Illness
NDIS Worker Screening Check Yellow Card
CPR & First Aid Certified
Working with Children Blue Card