Deb Field

An image of Deb Field, social worker with Therapy Pro

Senior Social Worker

Mackay

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioural Support and Advice
  • Trauma
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

Senior Therapy Pro social worker Deb Field’s name and face may be familiar to Mackay residents. She’s a true local, born and bred, raising her family here. You may have passed her at the shops or on the beach. 

Perhaps you’ve come across her work in community, where she’s soothed and helped straighten upended lives for more than a decade. You also might have seen her attending community events that support equality and empowerment such as Domestic Violence Prevention Month activities and the Reclaim the Night March.  

Deb enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team, to support children and adults with disability overcome personal difficulties and structural barriers so that they experience inclusion, involvement and independence in home, school, work and community life.

Believing that every person is unique, Deb places great importance on building relationships. By providing space and time for trust to grow, the people Deb works with, help her to understand their position and perspective. This client-centred approach places the person and their family as the experts, allowing Deb to support them to reach their goals.

Before formally qualifying as a social worker in 2013, Deb worked with people affected by complex psychological issues as a result of workplace injury. More recently, she’s supported children and families at risk of, or affected by, domestic violence.

“I’m drawn to manage and support people when their world has changed, to help them navigate their world, meet unmet needs and access support,” she says.

Deb will stand beside clients in times of change—like moving from school to employment—and in times of crisis too. Deb believes that everyone has abilities and strength, and assists people to reach their full potential, empowering them to experience choice and control. 

Deb is not only a Social Worker but has qualifications as an Expressive Play Therapist and uses a variety of approaches, including sand play and symbol work, as powerful therapeutic non-verbal means of expression.

Skilled in working with people who have experienced both physical and emotional trauma, and people looking for Positive Behaviour Support, Deb’s approach supports emotional regulation by aiming to keep little and big people emotionally safe–supporting them to learn techniques to recognise escalation and how to return to base-line safely.

“Every behaviour expresses a need. I work hard to identify the function of the behaviour and how to support the person to have this expressed need met. It can be tricky and often challenging for everyone involved in the person’s support circle but I believe developing a collaborative approach to support behavioural needs, achieves long term change and overall positive outcomes.”

Deb is experienced in attachment therapy, with a specific focus on play-based and family therapy, and works closely with family, carers, and support people to help educate and increase understanding to enable better support of their loved ones.

An avid reader in her spare time, Deb has come to realise the books she’s drawn to reflect qualities of her real-life clients— “brave and strong and don’t know it, strong and fearless in adversity”.

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