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About Debra Bragança

Counselling Redlands Professional

Debra Braganca

Hi, I'm Debra

I am an experienced Counsellor in Redlands in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and relationship counselling.  I have supported couples and individuals in the community for more than six years and I also work online Australia-wide. 

 

Research supports that it is the interpersonal connection that makes the most difference to therapy outcomes.  It is this relationship that helps to develop trust, rapport and openness creating an environment you can feel comfortable to share in without fear of judgement or any bias.  So, how do you know which Counsellor you will develop this relationship with?  That often takes a few sessions to find out but the little bit of info below might help you decide if you would like to take that first step with me.  

In my family, I have been with my wonderful hubby for more than 25 years and I am the proud mother of two beautiful sons - oh, and I cannot leave out we have two gorgeous fur babies :).  I am originally from South Africa and I am very fortunate to call Australia home for more than twelve years now. 

 

Over the many decades of my life, I have had the misfortune of insight into much suffering from a young age.  While this has impacted me over the years, it has taken me on a self-healing path that included leading me to do this amazing work that I do today and for that I am eternally grateful.  *I believe that the insight I have into my own life experiences allows me to have deep compassion, empathy and understanding for my clients in whatever they are facing and to know that we each have the capacity to overcome any challenge when provided with skills, coping strategies and the right person in our corner.  Over time, I have also developed a desire for assisting couples facing difficulties in their relationships as I know how important a strong, supportive and loving partnership is for working through the inevitable obstacles that will be faced by both individuals and couples alike.  This desire led me to further my studies done and I incorporated specific couples therapy training.  To ensure my services are relevant and valuable for my clients, I continually study and see supervisors specialising in all areas I work with on a regular basis . 

 

If you are motivated to do the work and think I may be the right person to have in your corner, please click  'Book Now' to make your initial appointment.

My primary therapeutic approaches in life and marriage counselling draw upon the following evidence-based modalities: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Gottman Couples Method, including Affair Recovery and Clinical Trauma Certification.  Some of the trainings I have completed and my memberships/accreditations can be found below.

*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). 

 

WELCOME TO MY PRACTICE

 

In my counselling philosophy, I really believe that the connection between therapist and client is key. When a client feels truly seen and understood by their counsellor, that's when the magic happens—it opens the door to genuine healing.

Of course, I take my professional standards seriously in the counselling room, but I also want you to know that I'm human too. I'm not here to 'fix' you—I'm here to walk alongside you on your journey. Counselling isn't just about techniques and skills; it's about the deeply meaningful moments when we truly connect. And trust me, those moments? They're what make this work so incredibly rewarding.

My office setting is a reflection of my philosophy.  It has been designed to create a warm and welcoming space where we can start to build this connection, at your pace

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Qualifications/Trainings

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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

Pre-Marital Counselling             

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   

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Solution Focused Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

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 

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