Dr. Debbi Kutner

(LMHC, PhD)

About Me

Just so you can get to know me a bit better: I am a mental health counselor with a PhD in Health Psychology, which focuses on how different layers like biology, psychology, cultural, social, and environments factors influence health and wellness (that's a mouthful)! I know that having online therapy is a unique experience and different than what it would be if you saw me in my office for one hour a week. I also know each person I talk with has their own ideas and feelings about therapy and what it may be like.

If we were together in my office, I would probably have a cup of coffee, sitting relaxed with you...chatting for a few minutes before we begin. And I would tell you to please call me Deb! So just imagine an incredibly relaxing environment, super comfortable, and me genuinely smiling at you and asking how you are doing, and what has brought you to therapy...

Being a feminist therapist, the way I approach our relationship is collaborative...so we will both share our thoughts and ideas as we decide what to do. My approach to therapy is humanistic; I honor each story as a collection of experiences...continuously evolving. This perspective is not about shortcomings, but one of optimism, focusing on the strength of the human spirit to overcome challenges and seek fulfillment.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Depression
Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH10462 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by J.I. on Jul 23, 2020 after counseling with Debbi for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Therapy with Dr. Kutner (aka Deb!) has been a lifesaver for me during this global pandemic. Deb meets you where you are and facilitates self-compassion and self-acceptance. I’m so grateful to have found such a brilliant therapist; her feminist approach and open-minded worldview made her the perfect match for me. If you are looking for a kind, compassionate, warm and understanding therapist who can help you feel better, Deb is the one!

Written by J.A. on Jun 07, 2020 after counseling with Debbi for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Conversations with Deb feels just like having a chat with your most trusted friend - easy and relaxed. We would always start with a comfortable, casual chat, then I'd describe my issues or thoughts, and Deb would share her ideas and perspectives in helping me process my thoughts, or identify the core of the rumination. We would also work on themes (on relationships in particular) for the week which helped me in staying focused on my goals.

As someone who is new to therapy, I was initially hesitant and was feeling uncomfortable about the whole process. However, my experience with Deb has certainly made me a believer in the efficacy of therapy (especially for personal growth) and would highly recommend her for anyone who is curious about trying it out.

Written by N.O. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Debbi for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

Deb has literally saved my life. I am able to breathe again after traversing a rather long, dark tunnel of CPTSD with her help. I could not have imagined this to be possible. But Deb made it possible. I mean every word of what I have written here.

Written by J.O. on Mar 30, 2020 after counseling with Debbi for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

This woman is amazing -- she really turned my life around. I've lived for so many years in fear that I realize now I wasn't living at all, just hiding from myself, others, everything. I can explore living again and wake with excitement for each new day. And my future, and my future growth finally seems possible.

I've learned and am still learning how to face my fear, understand it and not only solve, but rise above. And, most importantly, move on.

Deb has incredible energy and has invested so much of her time and self into helping me. I first did not understand, who would care? But that is her kindness and caring and love for life.

This is a woman who can change your life. She has changed mine. I am alive!

Thank you, Deb. Can't wait for tomorrow!

Written by K.A. on Nov 14, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Kutner goes above and beyond to help her clients. She does not use a one size fits all approach, but gets to know you and then utilizes many methods to help you and discover how to best help yourself. Her style enables you to examine all aspects of your life and her kind, nurturing style makes it easy to be upfront and open. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is going through a life transition and is looking for a compassionate therapist to guide them through.

Written by G.R. on Oct 25, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

With Dr. Kutner, I love that I feel supported and treated with care with my personal experiences. She is gentle, caring, friendly, and has a depth of knowledge that I believe makes her a great therapist to work with. I genuinely feel lucky to have been able to work with her.

Written by K.A. on Sep 23, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 4 months

I spent weeks reading therapist biographies and reviews on the BetterHelp website before taking the step to sign up. I didn't know what to expect. Fear and anxiety played a big part in my life. Signing up for this website and working with Deb changed all that. Deb's gracious and compassionate nature gently guided me to a different way of looking at the world. Without a single negative word, she helped me. If you're reading this, and you are unsure about the next step... I can tell you that you're already making it by being here. Welcome to your next step, you're in great hands with Deb :)

Written by L.A. on Sep 14, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

I always feel like I'm supported and being checked on. I've only been using the messaging service but it's so great to feel heard and understood. Dr. Kutner also talks about her experiences and it helps and can resonate with me and help me understand my own mind.

Written by K.A. on Sep 02, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem

Dr. Kutner understood my needs and concerns and is helping me find my motivation again.

Written by G.I. on Sep 01, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and depression

Dr Kutner came into my life when I needed a therapist just like her. She is compassionate, intelligent and professional. Her ability to "get me" and understand issues at hand is witness to her capacity to listen without judgement. Thanks Deb!

Written by R.A. on Jul 30, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I love therapy but have lost some of my faith in it as I’ve learned more about the ways that the more harmful aspects of our culture operates through it, often invisibly. And with how typical therapeutic approaches are not trauma-informed and fail to account for the full picture of what contributes to the stressors that bring us to therapy - the very real social, political, and environmental factors that go beyond our “mindset” or individual psychology. Working with Dr. Kutner is a breath of fresh air and genuinely helpful, as she comes from a feminist approach and looks at the whole picture. I would highly recommend her!

Written by I.S. on Jul 20, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Kutner has dedicated herself to helping me grow and improve in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I have experienced so many “Aha!” moments that have allowed me to understand myself in a new way.

Written by N.A. on Jul 15, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and family conflicts

I was honestly about to give up after my first experience and decided to give it one more try. I am so thankful I did. Dr. Kutner has been a God send. She has given me hope when I truly thought there wasn't any. She is nothing short of amazing. The tools she has already given me in this short period of time I will utilize for life. It is a blessing to be able to talk to someone without judgement and they totally get you. I am just grateful for her.

Written by M.O. on Jul 05, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

After trying many counselors, I have been so thrilled to meet Dr. Deb! Unlike others, she doesn't throw worksheets and reflections at me, and she doesn't say the same thing repeatedly. She really listens and connects with me as a human being. I honestly think she'd be a great match for anyone because she's just so good!

Written by E.D. on May 25, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

I'm super happy with my counselor. Even though I'm not a people's person, she is so personable, she knows her craft and she's just special. I'm so grateful, beyond grateful.

Written by K.A. on Mar 22, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 2 months on issues concerning career difficulties, and coaching

Debb is amazing, such a lovely person with a professional and warm approach to counseling.

Written by J.E. on Mar 12, 2019 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr. Kutner is a compassionate and an excellent listener, she is very approachable and easy to build a rapport with.
She is extremely passionate in her chosen field of expertise and guides her clients to reach empowerment in all aspects of their lives and equips them with all the right tools to do do.

She is a truly exceptional person, I have great respect for her and consider myself extremely lucky to be guided by her along my soul searching journey.
I would highly recommend her to everyone, and I have!!!
Thank you for being you Dr. Kutner!!

Written by A.L. on Aug 30, 2018 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt

Deb is the most amazing person I have worked with. She helped me through every single step of the way. The manner in which she works through things is incredibly and her advice is so helpful. Truly an expert, I will always be happy with her work.

Written by S.H. on Jun 08, 2018 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Amazing. Beautiful soul. So much knowledge.

Written by N.I. on Jun 04, 2018 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks

Deb is like the wise confidante I've always wanted but with all the knowledge of a professional! She is kind, compassionate and really listens. Deb read my messages and responded to all of my concerns. I really felt like she really cared and listened.I didn't feel like she was distracted or didn't care just because I wasn't there in person. I didn't miss actually seeing my therapist in person or getting live feedback in normal conversation. For me this was just like regular, in person therapy but better. I had plenty of time to really think and process what Deb said. I had time to reflect and write my responses. I didn't feel rushed like in person. I wasn't going to run out of time. And my written conversations with her work as a journal. I've never journaled before. But now I have written records of our conversations for reference and guidance anytime I need it. You can't do that in regular therapy unless you take notes.That's really hard when you're crying in person and going through all of your therapist's Kleenex! What I got instead was an invaluable feeling of having someone to talk to that I could count on: a support system that I don't have in real life. From a person that would not criticize or judge. Which I guess is true for all therapists, but Deb Kutner is a gifted listener and healer with a warm and welcoming presence. You've got someone now! You just get this vibe that you're safe with her. And everything will be okay. I haven't gotten that vibe with every therapist I've had. Bonus, no stress relating to commuting to her office! I was so worried online therapy wouldn't work. Honestly the first therapist I tried didn't work for me. But it was easy to switch. No need to stress. No awkward phone call or in person breakup with a therapist! Better help customer service is great. They responded quickly and answered all my questions. So if you have any doubts, go for it. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Thank you Deb. Thank you so much for your help during such a difficult time in my life!

Written by C.I. on May 30, 2017 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning family, and self esteem

Debbi is pretty amazing.

Written by L.I. on May 28, 2017 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Debbi has been great for me, the app made the best match possible. She is open, she gets me and gives very valuable advice. She does not push but takes your own pace to work at and is always there to answer quickly. I am very happy with the experience so far and I would warmly recommend her to anyone!

Written by M.A. on May 01, 2017 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Understanding and has great tools. Tremendously helpful in a short time.

Written by M.I. on Jan 15, 2017 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship

I really enjoy talking to Dr. Kutner – In the short time we've been talking, she has already helped me immensely and I really appreciate her empathetic and informative approach.

Written by M.A on Jan 13, 2017 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Debbi is encouraging and patient, and she's been a great help in gently guiding me towards looking at things more positively.

Written by K.U on Oct 19, 2016 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning family, grief, and intimacy-related

Debbie is an incredibly warm, tactful and empathic person. She has enabled me to deal with things that have caused me pain and frustration for years. I can't believe how much better I feel just a few months later.

Written by E.L on Sep 15, 2016 after counseling with Debbi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Kutner related to me. She makes me feel comfortable and she's very outgoing. So comforting. Best counseling experience ever.

Written by K.E on Sep 15, 2016 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Debbi has helped me unravel certain inalienable truths and helped guide me on the best progressive path for my future. She's increased my confidence in myself and given me a meticulous outside perspective on how to better resolve my issues.

Written by E.R on Sep 14, 2016 after counseling with Debbi for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Kutner is Awesome. She made me feel welcomed and comfortable right away. Her cool attitude and positive vibe is perfect for me!

Written by J.O on Aug 26, 2016 after counseling with Debbi for 3 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Deb Kutner is an extremely professional, caring empathetic person. Her ability to read the situation and the personality is amazingly accurate. Her compassion and generous gentle nature put me at ease within the first contact.
The ability to be able to open up to her about my inner most worries and secrets was a wonderful relief. Anything that I said was only met with understanding, non judgmental and a calming response. Her methods are truly successful but not overwhelming. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to be counseled by Dr. Deb as I believe that she is the key to my success in resolving my reason for seeking help. Very much an angel in disguise walking among us. I can not say thank you enough for giving me my life back and helping me take charge of my destiny and secure a future that has a happy outlook. Thank you so much!

Written by M.A on Aug 22, 2016 after counseling with Debbi for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Dr. Kutner has been incredibly helpful in guiding me on how to unpack my feelings and how to recognize unhealthy patterns and replace them with healthy ones. With her help I have gained a much better understanding of myself.

Written by N.A on Aug 20, 2016 after counseling with Debbi for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Debbi is awesome. She is very supportive and down to earth. I highly recommend her.