Debbie Stanley


About Me


I started my company in 1997 after completing my first master’s degree, in industrial and organizational psychology, and began a practice of executive and professional coaching. I went back for a second master’s in mental health counseling specifically to better serve those of my clients whose challenges were complicated by mental health issues. I’ve been an LPC in private practice since 2009, and in that time, I’ve focused primarily on helping clients who are struggling with life changes and all of the complications that arise from change: anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, lost motivation, impaired concentration, and more.

In addition to those general categories, I have an intriguing specialty: helping people to get organized. I have extensive experience with ADHD and other challenges that are often accompanied by disorganization, and I’ve worked with clients in a wide variety of industries including education, finance, health, law, publishing, print and broadcast journalism, and music. I help with disorganization in both professional and personal life, particularly time management, systems development, and balancing home and work life.

My approach is grounded in empathy for my clients’ struggles, including the difficulties that anxiety, low confidence, and disorganization can cause in school, career, relationships, and families. Many of my clients have built up years of shame over their perceived weaknesses, so a big part of my work is helping to heal that pain and rebuild a positive self-image, while also helping clients to develop skills and systems to strengthen their weaker areas.

I see the best in my clients, even when (especially when) they don’t see it themselves. A strong recurring theme among many of my clients, from corporate executives to professional musicians, is “impostor syndrome”: They feel like they’re not as accomplished as they appear, and they dread that one day they’ll be discovered as frauds. I greatly enjoy helping people to work their way out of that fear.

Counseling is meant to help you heal emotional pain, get to know your own mind, discover and trust your strengths, change habits and behaviors that aren’t serving you, and clear the way for you to be fully *you*. It’s my honor to guide you through that process.

When you're ready to begin, you can send me a message here at any time. I check and respond to messages 2-3 times a day, from late morning to late evening, Monday through Saturday (and sometimes Sunday) in the U.S. Central time zone. I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
  • Coaching
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #6401011799 (Expires: 2022-05-01)


Written by S.A. on Jun 28, 2019 after counseling with Debbie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Debbie is an excellent listener providing support where needed and guidance at exactly the right moments, always on point with invaluable insights and pearls of wisdom. Working with her has been life-changing. I only wish I’d met her sooner!

Written by S.T. on Apr 26, 2019 after counseling with Debbie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Debbie is very compassionate and takes a lot of time looking into the things we talk about and offering good advice and options to help.

Written by J.E. on Apr 23, 2019 after counseling with Debbie for 2 weeks

She is very thoughtful and full of insights. From her responses you can tell she is kind, and more than willing to guide you gently to where you need to be. I feel comfortable telling her about my problems because she is not judgmental and respects the individual.