Deborah has over ten years’ experience working in Child Protection; including four years managing a family assessment team of eighteen in a residential based family assessment unit. Deborah holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies, a Post Grad Diploma in Play Therapy and a MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy. Deborah has been trained in the Family Assessment Model and Safeguarding Children Analysis and Assessment Framework, recognised by the Department of Health UK and Tusla Inspection Services, Ireland.

Deborah has extensive experience in child protection decision making, child care applications and care placements; working with families from a diverse range of  cultures and backgrounds; children living with family addiction, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, suicide, loss and mental health diagnosis.

Deborah currently provides Family Therapy and Play Therapy services to statutory bodies  including Tusla, CAHMS and the Brothers of Charity, both primary and secondary schools, and directly to families through private practice.  She also delivers professional training services to therapists, social work and social care teams, teachers and parents.