Dr Debra Campbell is an author, psychologist and former uni lecturer who’s worked as a psychologist in private practice for almost 20 years, consulting on everything from relationships to panic, depression and grief.
She was also a couple therapist at Relationships Australia, and collaborator with author/psychotherapist Dr Francis Macnab on thought-leadership in well being, relationships and spirituality.
As a teenager Debra started out as an actor appearing in Harvey Fierstein’s Spookhouse for Playbox Theatre and making regular appearances in Neighbours and other Melbourne TV institutions. Drawn to personal spirituality, Debra gradually moved into yoga and mindfulness teaching, leading to the founding of Hobson’s Bay Yoga and Natural Health and Newport Yoga Centres. The desire to continually deepen her understanding of psychology led to her PhD. Her thesis on love and emotional intelligence won the Relationships category award from The Australian Psychological Society.
Debra’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals in Australia and the US including Spirituality in Clinical Practice and The International Journal of Yoga Therapy. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global.
In her book Lovelands she writes of growing up, struggling with love and relationships, being an actor and both sides of therapy – patient and therapist. More than a memoir, Lovelands helps readers understand how to overcome hurts and deep losses and become the hero of their own lives from the inside-out, despite everything life dishes out along the way.
Listen to a selection of press interviews below including Deb’s talks with Amanda Smith on Life Matters for ABC Radio National, Lyrella Cochrane (ABC), Ric Holland, Libbi Gorr (ABC Melbourne) and Chase and Sarah Kosterlitz.