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Deborah Alter, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Self esteem, Motivation Depression ADHD
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About me

Hello and welcome to my profile page! A bit about me: A native New Yorker, I graduated from City College (CCNY) with a BA in Psychology. I then attended YU (Wurzweiler School of Social Work), acquiring my MSW and becoming licensed as an LCSW. Essentially, I view myself as a Life Coach, a motivator who recognizes
that we are all unique individuals, but paradoxically share many common thoughts and feelings at different times. We've all struggled with anxiety, uncertainty and self-doubt- yet we have also experienced feeling confident, grounded and secure. Our backgrounds and early childhood experiences, our genetic predispositions all serve to shape our personalities and the essence of our being. To that end, as a clinician, I strive to assist my clients in examining their beliefs and thoughts to gain insight into their potentially self-destructive behavior- or whatever they feel is getting in the way of their success.
Together, we will explore why you have sought treatment now- and what you are looking to achieve or gain. What do you identify as the biggest challenge or issue? What have you tried so far and why hasn't it worked, long-term? Often it is this: Complacency vs Burning Desire. How do you keep the momentum going? The power of ignited vision. Designing a dream & getting specific. Having a daily schedule. What are you going to get excited about today? What concerns you that could trip you up?
I have helped many clients develop high performance habits, starting with sharpening their self-awareness and being intentional. I invite you to join me in this exciting adventure of self-discovery. In the immortal words of Anthony Robbins, when would Now be a good time?
Looking forward to working with you!


Professional experience

20yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Self esteem, Motivation Depression ADHD

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

CT LCSW 003591


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Deborah Alter. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Great therapist! Really Feels for you and relates to you. Makes you feel very comfortable. Has a wealth of knowledge of what real health is.

Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Patient, attentive, and experienced. Deb offers practical and realistic strategies. She listens well and genuinely cares for her clients well-being.

Written on Aug 28, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Working with Deborah has had a very noticeable positive impact on my mental health. She always responds in a fast and professional manner, and always offers me very thoughtful methods and insights to help me through my struggles with my mental health.

Written on Jul 26, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem

I feel I was matched well with Deborah. She gets me and understands me. She is helpful and very easy to talk to, to open up to. I am glad I found her.

Written on Jul 09, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Very respectful, helpful, and communicative. Highly recommend

Written on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Deborah is a fantastic therapist, she doesn't only make me feel like I have a safe place to vent but she also gives me an interesting perspective on things. It also feels like I'm talking to a knowledgeable old friend (way less scary than how you'd think therapy would be

Written on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes