Deborah Sharma

Mental Health and Addictions Practitioner

MHSc (Hons), PGDipHSc, PGCertHSc, BSW (Auck.) (Reg. DAPAANZ, SWRB, ANZASW)

Master of Health Sciences (Hons.) (University of Auckland).

Post-graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (University of Auckland).

Post-graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (specialisation in Alcohol and Other Drugs Addiction/Problem Gambling) (University of Auckland).

Bachelor of Social Work (University of Auckland).

Reg. AOD/PG Addictions Practitioner (DAPAANZ).

Reg. Clinical Social Work Practitioner (SWRB and ANZASW).

Accredited Clinical Supervisor (DAPAANZ)

Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor (SWRB, ANZASW)

Counsellor for EAP Services

Accredited ACC Counsellor/Social Worker for Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims (ISSC)

Registered ACC Assessor (Supported Assessment, ISSC)

Personal Profile

Welcome to Women and Mental Health Consulting. I provide counselling to women who are experiencing certain painful challenges as a result of factors such as loss and grief, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, and need care and support to recover. An early intervention and treatment can avoid the risk of further mental and physical health complications.

Enabling women to make better decisions about their health and future with education, harm reduction and addiction treatment.

Talk with Deborah.

Addiction | Eating Disorders | Anxiety | Depression | Psychosocial | Counselling

Give me a call and lets talk about it.

+64 274 742 762

Integrated Treatment 

The service provides an integrated treatment for women and children 12+ years old to treat mental health and alcohol or other drugs addiction, known as Co-occurring Disorders.

Integrated treatment simply means that one provider (or one team of providers) delivers both, mental health and alcohol or other drugs addiction services, at the same time. For care to be effective, both disorders are treated at the same time, in the same place, by the same clinician. This includes client education, shared decision-making, training in coping skills and recovery support.

Women with co-occurring disorders usually have multiple needs. The service is designed to facilitate with differing mental health problems, preferences, values and needs.

Harm Reduction Treatment Models

  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Specialist-led Treatment
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Strengths-Based Therapy
  • Person-Centred Therapy

Diagnostic Screening Tests

  • Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Assessment
  • Eating Disorders Assessment
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorders Assessment
  • Major Depressive Episodes Assessment
  • Suicide Severity Assessment

The programmes do not include group therapy and medical detoxification. However, the service will refer clients to the appropriate medical detoxification or residential facility (if clinically required).


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