Debbie OConnor



I enjoy working with people, helping them to grow

and flourish and overcome the pain in their lives.

I have a trust in people’s strength, ability to grow,

change and build the life they desire if they are

given support and understanding.

I will work with you to understand your experiences, your emotional life, important relationships
and blocks to experiencing the life you desire. This understanding forms a basis for helping you
to heal, find and develop personal direction and an authentic self.

My work is informed by my post graduate level training in ‘The Conversational Model of Psychotherapy;’ a Psychodynamic approach to Psychotherapy, as well as Person Centred approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Couples and Family Therapy, Neurobiology, and Self Psychology. I also have a strong understanding of Trauma Theory, and the way that traumatic experiences can effect people’s ongoing experiences and functioning in life, and therapeutic strategies to heal and integrate traumatic experiences.

I have over 12 years experience working in the mental health, counselling and the psychotherapeutic field. As well as working in private practice, I have worked in the NGO sector with people recovering from mental health issues, in child protection and family counselling services and domestic violence counselling services. I also have experience working with Forgotten Australians- people who experienced institutional care as children, and women who were forced to give up their children to adoption. I currently work in a specialist Eating Disorders clinic and have specialist training in this area.


Dip Adult Psychotherapy (ANZAP) – 2008 – ANZAP
Grad Dip Systemic Family Therapy – Candidate – Relationships Australia
Accreditation in CRM Mental Health – 2005 – University Wollongong
Advanced Certificate Domestic Violence Counselling – 2003 – CCWT
Specialist training in Dr Anita Johnsons approach to recovery from Eating Disorders
I am also an accredited Lifeline Counsellor

Professional Associations

Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (NSW)
International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
As a clinical member of ANZAP and IARPP, I abide by a strict code of ethics and
am dedicated to regular professional development and professional supervision.