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Ms Deone Drapala

Ms Deone Drapala

Mobile 0407 124 186
Social Worker AMHSW, Clinical Supervisor


Mobile 0407 124 186

Looking for a queer counsellor in inner north Melbourne? Look no further. I'm a mental health social worker / counsellor with 20+ years experience. The last 2 years specialising in trans and gender diverse counselling and advocacy. No wait list. Bulk Billing Concession and Student card holders under MHCP.


  • 842 Nicholson St, Fitzroy North, Melbourne VIC 3068 0407 1241 86 PHONE 0407 1241 86


  • Counselling, Workshops / Courses, Professional Training, Clinical Supervision 
  • Queer counselling services. Special interest in trans and gender diverse clients. No waitlist. Need Mental Health Care Plan from GP. Bulk Bill for Concession Cards and Students. $30 Gap fee for people working on low incomes.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Autism / Aspergers, Burnout, Career Counselling, Depression, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Life Transitions, Schizophrenia, Self Development, Sex Related Issues, Stress Management, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Experiential, Interpersonal, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory

    Deone's approach is client centred. Using what clients want to work on and their interests to formulate a customised approach to improving their current situation and strategies to deal with mental health stressors.


    • Bachelor of Arts - 1992 - University of Qld
    • Bachelor of Social Work - 1996 - Charles Sturt University
    • Masters of Social Work - 2006 - University of Qld

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers

    Quality Provision

    MentalAz operates under Social Work Code of Ethics 2010


    Deone has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years working in the government and non-government sector as a family therapist in Centacare and Gold Coast Drug Council. She has worked as a social worker in Cerebral Palsy League, Community Health, Centrelink, Child and Youth Mental Health and 7 years in Adult Public Mental Health, particularly with the homeless population. Victorian experience at Headspace youth counselling. Current role is as an Accessible Psychological Interventions counsellor with Thorne Harbour Health (formerly VAC). She majored in Family Therapy in the Masters of Social Work and has an ongoing interest in family of origin, social justice and working with intersections of the queer community.


    North Fitzroy: Weds 3-7pm & Thurs 4-8pm
    Other times by negotiation
    Supervision Skype by negotiation

    Transport and Parking

    The rooms are very conveniently placed on the Number 96 tram route, with all-day parking on Holden St and Barkly St.


    Queer counselling: Bulk Billing for Concession and Student Cards. $30 gap fee for low income workers.

    Professional social work supervision:
    Skype sessions- $100
    Graduate/ Part-time SW's $110
    Full time SW's $130 per session

    Payment Options

    Square with bank card/ phone

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    10 Questions with Deone Drapala

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I have a strong value of social justice. Counselling in the mental health area helps people get back on their feet and become the best versions of themselves.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Good question. I think it evolves over time. It started as being wholistic and working with the person in their environment and as environments change and oppress groups within the community it becomes more about equipping people to put their armor on and fight for what they believe in.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I'm particularly interested in queer communities and am a Caucasian cisgender trans and gender diverse ally. I am also interested in supporting people with intersectionalities of disability, people of colour, first nations people and people with autism and mental health issues.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Solution Focused
      Strength Based Practice
      Adjusted DBT
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • When more things are going right than wrong and when they come to sessions asking how I am.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I have had my own therapy as there are always parts of yourself you want to understand better and improve on being a better version of yourself.
      As a therapist it is a privilege to go on a journey with my clients where change can happen.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I learn from my clients everyday. This makes me a better therapist.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes. I'm human. I try and do the best I can on those days. Clients may gain insights at how capable they are at this point if their therapist is "off kilter".
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Where do you start? Climate change and how the world leaders are handling this.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The Armour You Own by Dead Letter Circus
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    Ms Deone Drapala

    Deone Drapala

    Social Worker AMHSW, Clinical Supervisor

    I am a therapist and social worker supervisior for people of the LGBTIQ+ community in Melbourne. I am a Caucasian cisgender female therapist with pronouns she/her. Please contact me to find out if we are a good fit for therapy. ...

    • Fitzroy North
    • CBT, Experiential, Interpersonal, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory