Demelza McFadyen

Social Worker, Counsellor and Family Therapist



Demelza has provided Individual Counselling, Family therapy and Group work to a range of clients over the past 17years.  Her background is in Counselling, Social Work and Family Therapy.  Demelza holds a double degree Bachelor of Human Service/Bachelor of Social Work with LaTrobe University; before returning to complete her Masters in Clinical Family Therapy in 2015, with The Bouverie Centre/LaTrobe University.  Prior to her Social Work education, Demelza completed a Diploma of Professional Counselling with the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors in 2004.  Over the past 17 years, Demelza has worked in various areas including Family and Child therapy; Separation and Family Law services; Family and Domestic Violence; Hospital Social Work; Employment Assistance Programs and Carer Services.  Demelza has worked with a broad range of issues including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, trauma, life direction/transitions, relationships, parenting, child development, peri-natal issues, health concerns, family violence, family separation, employment issues, bereavement, grief and loss, as well as stress and stress management.  She has provided therapeutic services to both adults and children individually, and within the context of family therapy.

Demelza is a current member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), and the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).  She is also an accredited Mental Health Social Worker, (AMHSW) providing Medicare Services, which includes Counselling and Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS).



  • Masters of Clinical Family Therapy
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Human Services
  • Diploma of Professional Counselling (Child and Parenting Study Major)


Professional Memberships

  • Member of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW)
  • Member of Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT)

Therapeutic Approach

As a systemically trained therapist, Demelza’s approach focuses on the client in the context of their environment, and will tailor interventions according to the client’s individual needs.  Demelza uses a range of Family Therapy, Counselling and Social Work approaches including, Attachment; Trauma; Structural/Strategic Family Therapy; Solution Focused; Narrative; Child and Human Development; Grief and Loss; Systems and CBT.

Demelza has a warm, client centred and collaborative approach to her work, which allows client’s a safe and confidential space to talk through their issues and concerns; identify potential goals and areas requiring change; at a pace which suits them.  Demelza understands successful therapy has its underpinnings in a solid Client/Counsellor relationship, and as such, places a subtle, but particular emphasis on this specific relationship.