Deb is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team. She leads Hakomi workshops in Australia and teaches on the Hakomi Professional Trainings in Sydney and Perth
She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2004 working with individuals and couples and also provides supervision.
After originally training as a Registered Nurse, and spending some years travelling overseas, she completed a Diploma In Holistic Counsellling, followed by the Hakomi Psychotherapy Professional Training and the Hakomi Advanced Relationship Training
She taught the Dip.Holistic Counselling at Nature Care College, Sydney for 18 months, before completing the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) professional training with Openground in 2011 and has facilitated MBSR training for the general public since then.
Deb's own journey of self discovery and growth has had a huge impact on her life and work. This has included a long-term interest in yoga and meditation and an established mindfulness practice which has developed and deepened over many years. This is what drew her to the Hakomi method , which is a body orientated, psychodynamic approach, very much centred around mindfulness. Deb has both seen and personally experienced the powerful yet gentle transformation that Hakomi offers. She is passionate about sharing the possibilities for self-discovery, connectedness and freedom that mindfulness and Hakomi offer.
“Taking the first step to start to talk about the parts of my life I wanted to change, felt overwhelming and scary at the outset. But in making the decision to work with Deb after our first session, I felt immediately a deep trust. I am so grateful for just how Deb guided and witnessed my journey, both gently and in a way that was empowering for me. The insightful process which Deb practices, helped me come to trust that I could heal. Beyond healing, the processes and self knowledge that I gained with Deb's guidance, enables me everyday to flow with the push and pull of life's challenges. “
“I've gone to several different counsellors over the years and my experience with Deb has been by far the most transformative. Deb has a welcoming and accepting presence, along with superb counselling skills that helped me gain practical skills for positive change in my life, but more importantly, greater self-understanding and deeper level healing. I can wholeheartedly say that my experience with Deb has significantly contributed to my living a happier and more fulfilled, peaceful, meaningful, and authentic life.”
"I cannot recommend Deb Algar highly enough. Without a shadow of a doubt, deciding to embark on psychotherapy counselling with her was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel like now l am finally starting to live my life in a happy and fulfilling way."
"Imagine... someone who fully listens to you, someone who really sees you, someone who accepts you as you are, someone who does not judge you... someone you can truly trust. Imagine going on a journey with this someone... hand in hand, step by step, walking together and exploring unknown paths of your inner self... a wholesome and enriching inner journey that - at the same time - positively effects every aspect of your outside world.
This someone is Deb. I cannot recommend and thank her enough."