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Your Mental Health Social Worker




Daphne Middleton 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 Middleton 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.

Daphne Middleton has 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. 

Daphne Middleton has speciality training in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Art Therapy, Trauma Informed and Mindfully Informed Cognitive Psychology approaches and Post Traumatic Growth work.  She is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers since 2007.


“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, Child 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.                         Clinical Team Leader-Counselling Programs

With Daphne 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.       

Team Leader, Counselling Programs

Self compassion is a practice:

Recognise what’s going on.

Allow the experience to be there-just as it is.

Investigate it with interest and care.

Nurture with self compassion.

Tara Brach

“I like to think of storying your professional work identity as being the focus of supervision, that you are giving an account of your practice and your location in it so that you work purposefully, intentionally and ethically.”