Demelza is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), and she also holds a Masters in Clinical Family Therapy, both from LaTrobe University, Bundoora.
She has worked with both individuals and families, across a number of public and private sectors, in both Victoria and Queensland, to support people with a range of issues including anxiety; depression; family and parenting; relationship issues; grief and loss; reproductive loss; trauma; conflict and conflict resolution; family separation; family violence; and life transitions.
With a relational focus towards her work, Demelza has been described as a warm, caring, and nurturing practitioner, who uses a range of Focused Psychological Strategies, in combination with Social Work and Family Therapy theories in her practice. She has a particular focus on attachment theory; strengths-based practice; and narrative therapy with clients in the perinatal period; and understands the transition to parenthood, can be both an exciting and challenging journey, covering many issues from conception to 12 months old.
Demelza has completed perinatal specific training with the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), and the Perinatal Infant Mental Health Intensive course through the Centre for Perinatal Psychology. She likes to work collaboratively with her clients and will tailor interventions, according to specific needs.