Debbie Etienne-Ward

Deborah Etienne-Ward

Deborah Etienne-Ward





“I enjoy hearing and learning about people’s individual and unique experiences. I am very passionate about supporting people to improve their overall health and wellbeing. My clients inspire me every day when they challenge themselves and take steps towards achieving their goals and living a life more consistent with their own personal values.” – Debbie EW

Debbie is passionate about providing psychological support for a variety of clinical presentations across all ages, with a particular passion for working with children, teens and young people. Debbie takes time to understand each client’s history and experiences and works in partnership with clients, parents, schools, and other professionals as needed to support optimal health and wellbeing for her clients.

Debbie has experience working in inpatient and outpatient hopsital services, acute mental health teams and Medicare locals. She previously co-facilitated the adult day program and provided early intervention in a public eating disorder service.  She is also highly experienced in providing early intervention services for children with emotional, intellectual and behavioural difficulties and in teaching important life skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Debbie sees a range of clinical presentations however, is especially enthusiastic about working with children and adolescents to develop resilience, build healthy relationships with their friends, parents and siblings, and to show themselves compassion and kindness.

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

University of Sydney

Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

Australian Catholic University

Master of Clinical Psychology

University of Newcastle

Debbie was awarded the Ros Gribble Prize in Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle in recognition for achieving the highest grades in her cohort during her first year of coursework and clinical placements.

Debbie holds a concurrent position with the Central Coast Eating Disorders Early Intervention Service.

Debbie is trained and experienced in a range of treatment approaches including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Therapy (inc. Maudsley Family Based Therapy)
  • SOS Feeding Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Special Interests
Debbie has a special interest in the following areas:

  • Eating Disorders (inc. Anorexia Nervosa)
  • Feeding Disorders (e.g., ARFID)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Working with young people who identify as LGBTI
  • Emotion Regulation Difficulties
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Child & Family Presentations
  • Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001891189)
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australia and New Zealand Association for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
Debbie is dedicated to her role as a scientist-practitioner. Debbie believes that providing evidence-based intervention is essential to ensuring that every patient is given the best chance of achieving successful outcomes from treatment. To date her research has involved investigating the impact of emotion regulation on dietary self-control, and the effect of maternal wellbeing on the effectiveness of Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.