Deisy Amorin-Woods, is the Director and principal practitioner at both Insight Counselling & Relationship Centre and The Heights Counselling Services.
Deisy is a university qualified, accredited and highly experienced psychotherapist, mental health practitioner, family & couple therapist. She is also a trainer, group facilitator, clinical supervisor and seasonal university tutor and lecturer. She has written, conducted research and presented at conferences (within the state, interstate and internationally) in the areas of mental health and drug and alcohol, focusing on the benefits of consumer groups and also exploring effective strategies in working therapeutically with cross-cultural couples and intercultural families. Deisy is a frequent radio guest/presenter on relationship issues in radio and internet radio stations including 6PR and the Sattler Files.
In addition to having conducted studies in psychology, social work, teaching and counselling, Deisy holds Masters degrees in mental health and family therapy. She is currently studying towards her doctoral degree specializing in the area of family and systemic therapy. Following on from her research resulting from both her masters and high degree research dissertations, Deisy is looking at expanding on the knowledge and findings of her exploration about the influence of culture on the therapeutic process with the aim of developing a culturally sensitive framework in working with intercultural families and families from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Specific to family and relationship therapy, Deisy has completed post-graduate training in highly regarded institutions in Australia and overseas. After completing her basic training in family and relationship therapy in Perth, she attended professional couple therapy training in New Zealand and Perth with the Imago Institute. Further to this, Deisy also completed a four-month clinical family therapy externship at the prestigious Accademia di psicotherapia della famiglia in Rome, Italy, under the guidance and lead of Professor Maurizio Andolfi, family therapist and child psychiatrist. Deisy later completed her Masters specialization in family therapy in Brisbane under the guidance of visiting systemic family therapist Dr. Paolo Bertrando, from the Episteme Centre in Turin, Italy.
Deisy has extensive experience working in government, non-government and private settings in a diversity of areas including mental health, drug and alcohol, justice system, immigration, settlement and trauma, grief and loss (including palliative care), as well as sexual and reproductive health. She has held senior clinical and management positions in the mental health, sexual and reproductive health and drug and alcohol sectors.
Deisy is an approved ATAPS and Medicare Better Access mental health provider of focused psychological services. She has training and experience in a number of therapeutic interventions including Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing. Deisy is able to combine the above interventions with psycho-education and skills training including anger management, stress management, communication, social and parent management training in order to support clients in addressing many mental health and other presenting issues.
Deisy has worked with individuals (young people and adults), couples and families from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures and presenting with a wide range of issues. Deisy has developed and facilitated a diverse range of groups (psycho-education and therapeutic) and workshops for individuals, couples and families (please see services for areas Deisy works with and available groups).
While Deisy has experience working with a diversity of people and issues, her areas of interest are self-esteem, sexual identity, cultural identity, social isolation, addictive behaviours, anxiety disorders, self-harm, grief and loss and chronic and autoimmune conditions.
Deisy is a systemic therapist so even while working with individuals in the room, her aim is to work with the individual and their environment, including their relationships. She is interested in the interactional patterns and dynamics; how they impact on the individual; and how they contribute to the development and maintenance of issues clients present with and which keeps them stuck. She is particularly interested in the shift out of ‘stuckness’ into forward movement & growth. Thus she assists people to recognize and consider the potential benefit of including these relationships (family members and significant others) and their influence as resources and as part of their treatment plan.
Deisy provides consultation services and clinical supervision to individual practitioners as well as group supervision to clinical teams. Given Deisy’s clinical experience working across the various sectors (government, non-government and private), and having worked as a private practitioner for many years, she is able to support and coach practitioners through their transitional clinical process. Deisy is therefore frequently approached by clinicians (from allied health) working in organizations interested in and wishing to get established into private practice. Deisy also provides clinical supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate university students and supports universities with student placements.
Deisy is committed to attending ongoing professional development, whether in Australia or overseas, in order to improve and maintain her skills and knowledge. She is also committed to reflective clinical and therapeutic practice. To this end, she attends ongoing clinical supervision for her individual, couple and family therapy work with prominent and well respected individual, couple and family therapists, this includes participation in family therapy supervision with Professor Maurizio Andolfi.
Deisy holds Membership & Clinical Membership of the following Associations:
Deisy is a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT)
Deisy is a Member of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)
Deisy is a Member of the Family Therapy Multimedia Archives Team at the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia, Italy.
Deisy is a full member of the Australian Association of Social Workers & a Member of the Australian College of Social Workers. Deisy also holds accreditation as a Mental Health Practitioner & Registered with Medicare Australia
For further information please contact Deisy via mobile on 0400518626 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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