Daphne Middleton BSW(Hons)GradDipEd(Art Ed)AMHSW
Fully qualified and accredited Mental Health Social Worker
“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated Daphne. I have found her to be a great support over the past 18 months and far and away the best supervision experience I have ever had in my professional life. Daphne really excelled at simultaneously supporting and empathising while challenging me to think deeper and broader. Daphne has been a fantastic asset and credit to our agency and she will be sorely missed”. Social Worker, Out of Home Care
“I have really appreciated your capacity to support and hold when things have been difficult. You have been a good sounding board for reflecting upon case material as well as being supportive and respectful regarding the therapeutic modality I use. I have found you to be empathic, genuine, open and flexible and supporting me with your expertise where appropriate and helpful with guidance with respect to policies where necessary” Child Counsellor, Out of Home Care
“I have found your input and perspective very helpful in my role and your ability to build rapport and hear what it being said. I have appreciated your sensitivity to difficulties I have disclosed and your willingness to ensure that supervision was a safe space for me as a person and as a counsellor” Play Therapist, Out of Home Care
Daphne really included me in the process and is extremely flexible and adaptive in the session structure. She works with me to unpack my questions so I can come to my own answers. Family and Domestic Violence Outreach Worker
Thank you for being not only so professional in your role, but also for your warmth and engaging manner, which made it so easy for me to trust you. Housing Support Worker
Daphne as an accredited mental health social worker, has been the mentor to me. Supervision with her enabled me to upgrade my mental health clinical knowledge and practice skills by reflections and validation. It has been the invaluable professional support and guidance. Social Worker, Integrated Care Manager, Mental Health Service
Daphne is an experienced practitioner with great therapeutic alliance qualities. She matched my needs and skills enhancing my expertise using strategic listening to construct questions which helped demonstrate techniques and simplicity of client work. I was able to develop my practice particularly benefiting from the process and conception of a sense of teamwork in supervision – empathetic affirmation, understanding acceptance and a non-judgemental outlook held by her. Daphne promotes standards of self- care vital for good clinical practice. Clinical Team Leader-Counselling Programs
Daphne works to support staff by drawing out and affirming recognition of better work practices as well as supporting worker’s experiences of stress and struggle without judgment. She will help to bring understanding of one’s professional work identity and ways to be accepting and kind to self rather than judging one’s-self harshly as we jointly develop ways to develop various professional skills. We will create a safe, reflective space to enable new realisations that come with self compassion and self discovery.
B. Social Work (Hons)., Accredited Licensed Mental Health Social Worker, Social Work Supervisor, BA. Fine Arts., Grad. Dip. Ed (Art Education)
Speciality training Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Art Therapy, Trauma Informed and Mindfully Informed Cognitive Psychology approaches.
Fully qualified Senior Mental Health Social Worker
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (Australian Association of Social Workers)
With over 25 years of experience Daphne began her professional helping career and therapeutic work by providing art therapy and resilience skills for children and young people in detention, residential and foster care and in various community based art programs to help adults and young people to develop self confidence. She has offered psychotherapy and child and adolescent mental health assessments since 1996 and has worked in private practice since 2007. Daphne has worked with a wide range of clients as a senior clinician and a trainer working with child and adolescent psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, mental health nurses, psychologists, social workers and qualified counsellors. She has provided clinical supervision for over 75 clinical and non-clinical staff and for Social Work students for Edith Cowan University.
Daphne has predominantly worked for the Health Department of Western Australia in Child Development and Child and Adolescent Mental Health services and has provided Clinical Supervision in a dedicated Professional Excellence team supervising over 40 counselling, clinical and qualified support professionals. She has run personal growth groups for various populations of all age ranges for many years. As a trainer she has provided experiential art based therapeutic teaching groups with narrative therapy approaches for professionals and for staff of human, social and community based services. Daphne has completed many years of training in various psychotherapies and clinical supervision approaches before focussing on resilience building, Narrative Therapy and Trauma Informed Restorative and Rejuvenating approaches. She brings energy, passion and enthusiasm offering creative tools for change.
Training – Honours Degree & Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) & Mindful Therapeutic Trauma Informed Art Therapy
Trained in various psychotherapies.
Honours degree in Social Work (specialised Mental Health) Fully licensed Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)
Senior Social Worker (CAMHS Specialty), worked in CAMHS and Child Development over 12 years
Medicare provider primary mental health care.
External Clinical Supervision Trained (Michael Carroll, Compassion Fatigue – Traumatology Institute-Canada, Baranowsky & Gentry, Clare Consultancy-Perth)
Narrative Therapy & Brief Therapy graduate with over 200 hours of training in applications for child, adolescent and family mental health
Trauma Informed Recovery Based Person Centred & Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy specialty
Daphne maintained a part-time private practice in Fremantle and Claremont since 2007. She is an experienced and registered Medicare Australia provider of psychological strategies mainly through the Better Access mental health program. Daphne utilises her expertise in providing psycho-social mental health assessments, various psychotherapeutic approaches and expertise in helping people surmount complex problems including depression and anxiety, self-harm and suicidal ideation and adjustments to traumatic life events.
Fully registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)