About Debra

Debra Braganca from Anchoring Your Life Counselling

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. 

Why Life Counselling?


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.

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 accreditation and the areas I have received training in are shown below.  Included is a proud moment of my first entry in the Professional Services Category for the Redland Bar Awards (Redland Business & Retail Awards) 2020 and achieving being a finalist.

Anchoring Your Life Counselling is a member of AIPC
Gottman Couples Therapy
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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
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