Debra Halseth

Professional Experience

Debra Halseth is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience in medical, mental health and community-based settings. She has worked in acute hospital units including trauma, surgical, heart/lung transplantation, neonatal, and rehabilitation. Debra has provided individual, group, and family counseling in a variety of settings inpatient mental health and partial hospital programs for dually diagnosed individuals. 

She worked as a case manager in a pediatric outpatient psychiatric program completing treatment plans and parent education. Debra also worked as a case manager in a long-term acute care hospital coordinating the care with a multi-disciplinary team to maximize health outcomes, arrange for home and community follow up, and ensure continuity of care. She has also conducted stress management seminars for the public and spoken on a variety of health-related topics.

Debra is currently providing mental health services online through BetterHelp.com. She is able to interact with clients in a variety of formats including written messages, live sessions, and sharing of tools and resources. With advancements in technology, this online option for mental health services has opened up new opportunities for individuals, couples, and families to seek help from any location where they can access the internet. The convenience and flexibility have overcome some of the barriers that people have faced when seeking help. This has been particularly rewarding since Debra has spent her entire career working to remove barriers that prevent those in need from receiving help. 

Educational Background

Debra Halseth earned a Bachelor of Social Work in 1991 from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also earned a Master of Science in Social Work in 1994 from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Debra has been a licensed Social worker in the State of Texas since 1991. In 1998, she completed the required clinical supervision and training that includes the clinical skills in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, conditions and addictions. At that time, she passed the Texas State exam to earn her Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) designation. Debra has completed required continuing education and maintained her LCSW for 20 years. 

My philosophy on Mental Health and Wellness

My philosophy on mental health and wellness has evolved over my career working in both medical settings dealing with physical health issues and mental health settings addressing the mental and emotional health issues of clients. My approach in counseling is to focus on solutions and help clients to identify realistic goals and strategies based on their individual strengths. I approach health from the standpoint of making the most of any situation or circumstance. We are not defined by a past experience, a diagnosis, or any one issue in our life.  By focusing on the steps that one can take to maximize their health and well-being, they will discover the power that they have to create a life of wellness. Our health is a result of the things that we do on a consistent basis so even small healthy habits have done consistently can have a positive impact on our sense of well-being. 

 

 

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