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Debra Mainwaring

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Debra our Director & Principal Psychologist

 

Debra Mainwaring ( Director & Principal Psychologist)

Debra Mainwaring studied and practised Psychology and Education in both the UK and Singapore before arriving in Brisbane in 2003. After teaching across many age ranges from preschool to university Debra returned to practice psychology in the community as a specialist Educational & Developmental Psychologist and Education Consultant in 2008 in the UK and 2009 in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. Since 2015 Debra’s practice was offered from Sydney providing outreach to rural NSW, ACT, and VIC. She currently is contracted to work in South Wales, UK for the remainder of 2018. Her practice has since evolved into her current business known as DJM Psychological Services and aims to empower and inspire the people who consult her.

Services undertaken by Debra Mainwaring

Debra’s passion is to empower and inspire the most vulnerable in our society assisting those who care for them and work with them to change their perceptions of them, understand, accept and support them through challenging issues in their lives so that they can aspire and work towards meaningful educational and social participation and achievement and a sense of well-being. Debra’s services include counseling, educational, social, emotional and behavioral assessment, report writing for both legal and educational contexts and intervention planning. Her work focuses on assisting people to develop more effective skills, build better relationships, and improve their well-being, and includes:

  • Self-management skills.
  • Communication skills.
  • Building resilience.
  • Overcoming old habits or behaviours which affect well-being and performance

Some background information

Prior to establishing her own business, Debra worked in residential settings for children in out of home care; schools as a classroom teacher (UK, Singapore and Logan), learning support teacher (UK and Singapore), head of special education services (Singapore), Guidance Officer (Education Queensland), and Guidance Counsellor (Brisbane Catholic Education); and in the community as an Educational Psychologist (UK) and as an Education Consultant for a flexible learning network and specialist foster care agency (S.E. QLD and NSW). She was the Regional Student Wellbeing Coordinator for Sydney Catholic Schools for two years and now offers interstate and international support to school communities and community agencies.

She is also a former Member of the International Society of Trauma Stress Studies, the Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, a Supervisor endorsed by the Australasian Association of Supervisors (AAOS) and the Australian Psychological Society College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists (CEDP) and a Director of Wellbeing Australia.

Debra is accredited to support under serviced groups as part of the following Federal Government initiatives:

*  ATAPS and PSS

Better Access to Mental Health Initiative

Helping Children with Autism

Better Start for Children with a Disability

In addition is approved to support the Following NSW State Government initiative:

Work and Development Orders

 Specialist Services Provided By Debra

Additional Information

Debra and her team are developing a charitable foundation to support children with complex trauma histories who require access to long term intervention and they are encouraging local communities to supporting the healing of these children.

Why not Champion a Child’s Therapy today?!

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  1. Hi Debra. I work for Gowrie NSW which is a not for profit organisation. We operate long day care centres, creche’s and before and after school care centres. We also provide professional learning workshops to educators working in centres around NSW. My role is to manage the professional learning program. The well being of educators working in preschools, long day care centres and before and after school centres has become an issue. I would therefore like to organise a workshop on the topic of educator well being and mental health. Would you be able to assist Gowrie in running such a workshop in Sydney? My phone number is 02 8571 9742. Regards Jan Faulkner

    • Thank you Jan for the opportunity to work with you, colleagues at Gowrie NSW and your group of Early Educators. It was both a delight and a privilege.
      Warm regards
      Debra

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