About Debra Bragança
Redlands Counselling Professional
Hi, I'm Debra
I am an experienced Counsellor in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and relationship counselling. I have supported couples and individuals in the Redlands and surrounding community for over six years and I also work online Australia-wide. I collaborate with you within a secure, inclusive and unbiased environment, empowering you to enhance self-awareness, explore alternative viewpoints, confront limiting beliefs and create positive change in your life. I also have a strong passion for assisting couples facing challenging times in their relationships, guiding you towards a shared understanding and fostering empathy. I find relationship work incredibly rewarding and I have specialised in helping couples navigate through turmoil, ultimately forging stronger and more resilient connections.
I am a member of the Australian Counselling Association and I work from a person centered approach that is relational, compassionate and respectful. Building a strong therapeutic alliance with you helps to develop trust, rapport and openness creating an environment you can feel comfortable to share in without fear of judgement. Research supports that it is the interpersonal connection that makes the most difference to therapy outcomes.
In conjunction with my work experience and training, I also have lived experience in many of the areas I work with. Research shows that lived-experience practitioners are uniquely situated to understand the difficulty involved in engaging in therapy and may use their experiential knowledge to connect with patients. Their insights into suffering allow them to become highly understanding, compassionate, and empathetic practitioners (Adame, 2014; Gelso & Hayes, 2007; Gilbert & Stickley, 2012; Goldberg et al., 2015).
My primary therapeutic approaches draw upon the following evidence-based modalities: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Gottman Couples Method. I have also completed additional clinical training in Trauma.
You will find my practice office warm and welcoming as it has been designed to create a non-clinical environment.
This allows for a more relaxed and comfortable space.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training Level 1 & 2
Gottman Relationship Checkup Approved Member
Treating Affairs & Trauma in Couples Therapy
Treating Addictions in Couples Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy Skills for Working with Couples
Certified Clinical Professional Trauma Training Level 1
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD & Trauma
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma
Loss and Grief from Chronic & Terminal Illness
Solution Focused Therapy
Person Centered Therapy
Diploma in Mindfulness
Working with Suicidal Patients
Suicide Advanced Training
Supporting Clients who Self-Harm
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
NDIS Worker Screening Check Yellow Card
CPR & First Aid Certified
Working with Children Blue Card