Deborah is passionate about helping people to help themselves, whether it is finding more balance in their lives or restoring their bodies to better health. She has broad experience over many years of working with people to relieve stress, migraine/headache, TMJD (jaw joint disorders) and post traumatic stress disorder, as well as helping people to recover after injury, illness or surgery.
Deborah holds a Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and has been a registered practitioner since 2012. Prior to her craniosacral studies, Deborah fine-tuned an aptitude in hands-on healing by studying the Usui method of Reiki and she became a Reiki Master in 2007. Simultaneously she was also training and qualified as a Level 2 Yoga Teacher with Ashram Yoga (RYS 500) in 2009. These skills now infuse her work, with yogic exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques offered to many clients to practise at home for self-care.
For 9 years Deborah was the Craniosacral Therapist in residence at Alpers Dental in Newmarket, working to bring about more ease in the process of facial structure change and growth in orthotropic treatment (a type of orthodontics) and specialising in helping TMJD (jaw joint pain) sufferers to find relief.
Deborah works from her home clinic in Birkenhead, and has also been assistant tutoring for some years with Body Intelligence - an internationally accredited training school for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists.
She has been a registered member of the Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists* (PACT) since 2011 and was secretary of the PACT governing committee for six years. during which time she was also assistant tutor on the Diploma trainings for new BCST Therapists in Auckland.
*PACT is the governing body providing a code of practice and registration for the growing number of therapists in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. PACT provides accreditation to approved training schools whose graduates can apply for full membership upon completion of their training. Members are required to undertake on-going professional development as part of their annual registration. More information about PACT can be found here: www.biodynamic-craniosacral.com/cms/home
Testimonials: “ I have seen Deborah over the years for my general health – but mainly to help me get back to my center. For me I have a sense of deep rest in and after a session, and I am aware of the sensitivity and focus she puts into the work. This has been especially beneficial after big changes in my life, or when I have been stressed and under pressure. I have no hesitation in recommending her.” J
""My name is Dominique and one of the reasons I went to see Deborah is due having jaw pain and discomfort and tension in that area. I'd never had this type of body work previously so I was both intrigued and a little bit nervous! Deborah soon put me at ease and explained what to expect. She is amazing at what she does - so in tune and intuitive, and is able to feel where work is required within the body. Little did I know just how much I would come to love these sessions! When I think of relaxing, I usually think of a massage, however having a session with Deborah is like having a deep sleep, my body would just deeply and completely relax and let go and that is where the healing work can take place. This type of work definitely resonates with me on a core level, and it was so nice to have something that was just for me - a timeout from my busy life and an opportunity for some self-care. As a result of my sessions with her, I am calmer, more relaxed and my jaw issues have subsided. I would absolutely recommend giving this a go - your body will thank you! "
"Two years ago I was diagnosed with an auto-immune illness with which my mobility was restricted and I suffered pain in most of my body. I was recommended Deborah by a friend and after my first session I was brought to tears by the relief I had been given. My body had relaxed and the pain, although not gone, was considerably better. After almost two years of treatment at Tides of Change I thoroughly recommend Deborah to anybody who needs help to relax and improve their immune system and become less stressed." R
"I've felt quite rejuvenated after the treatment and the pain in my lower back has improved incredibly. Thank you so much! Baby had a nice long 2 hour nap once we got home after the treatment (she usually only naps for an hour)."
"I have had Craniosacral treatment from Deborah many times. She has helped me through many hip revisions over the last years. Her work and touch is skilled and intelligent. The process of post surgery trauma resolution and rebalancing of new gaits has been easier due to having the body led approach of craniosacral therapy."
"Having been a client of Deborah's for over six months I can only express gratitude for the help and support she has given me. Her approach is compassionate, gentle and pragmatic. There is a sense of clarity and space in the way she works, in a way I would describe it as someone walking beside you. I guess that I keep coming back is testament to the improvement and change I have experienced - It goes without saying that I'd highly recommend her."
"Finally, I have discovered a healing therapy and therapist that really works for me! Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is giving me a wonderful sense of vitality. This non-invasive therapy works in such a gentle and deeply powerful manner, who would think so much can be achieved with touch! I experience such a deep level of relaxation and powerful connectedness ... I find myself being really purposefully mindful...with my movements, with my posture, with my food, with my daily interactions, with my sleep, with my self talk."
"Thanks Deborah. The session with you was good, I could feel the body relaxing and I came away feeling a little like I’d had a strong massage or acupuncture session."
"I have trained with and been treated by Deborah on numerous occasions. She brings her loving compassion and intuitive skill set to her work. I highly recommend her and the integrity of her healing skills."