About me

My name is Deborah Beard. I am trained in Marriage & Family Therapy and have served as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for over 25 years. I graduated in 1996 with a Masters degree in Science: Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. My previous work experience as a Human Resource Manager and a Professor of Education bring relatable life skill experiences into each of my sessions. I have served as a counselor in both public and private mental health agencies, primarily for those seeking help with depression,
anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and abuse recovery, relationships, and parenting skills.

Any client who has the courage to seek counseling is someone worth celebrating. With gentleness and warmth, I try to focus on each of my clients' strengths to help them in the areas they desire to change. I utilize counseling tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Systemic Therapy as appropriate. Each client's faith and moral values are recognized as a wonderful foundation for their desired growth. I look forward to meeting you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LCPC 180.006969


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Deborah Beard. 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.

Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Deb is very, very good at what she does. From dealing with PTSD and anxiety from a spouse’s affair to trust issues from my past, Deb was very good at listening but also relating what personal experiences she had or known results to try. She was caring and concerned about my safety and did a great job assisting me with ways to deal with my situation and my kids dealing with the issues at home as well. I would recommend her easily to anyone!

Written on Oct 29, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Deborah is phenomenal and honestly may have helped save my life when I was in a very emotionally manipulative relationship. She is very knowledgeable about anxiety and depression and relationship issues and treatments. She offers a lot of relatable experiences that reinforce that she understands where you are coming from, and she is just delightful to talk to in general. I would highly recommend Deborah to anyone dealing with anxiety or depression issues.

Written on Oct 28, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Deborah’s been a great help for me. She has guided me to be the person I should’ve been the whole time for my family I would recommend her to anybody who is struggling and I value your opinion greatly.

Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion f

Throughout my time with Deborah, I share my personal experiences and battles with mental health. Deborah and I go over possible outcomes and techniques in order to change hoe I approach matters. Whatever I don't discuss during our meetings, I will usually go over in worksheets that are sent to me, giving me the ability to hone my skills when she is not with me. Overall, I'm glad I got into therapy because it gave me hope that there are people very similar to me, and I know I can overcome my obstacles now, even with occasional doubt.

Written on Sep 20, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and relationship issues

The BEST. So glad that I found someone I talk to so easily and understand me.

Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Deborah has been my therapist helping me work through issues in my marriage. She has been supportive, responsive and I would recommend her. We have been also working on my anxiety and anger as a postpartum mom.

Written on Sep 12, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 1 month

I think she is an extremely talented and understanding. I love taking through issues with her and coming up with a solution.

Written on Aug 22, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and parenting issues

We have had the opportunity to be blessed with the best?therapist! She’s thoughtful, insightful and very well versed in her profession! I really like that’s he uses real life experiences in the sessions! She’s perfect for us!

Written on Jul 14, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Very supportive and has a positive attitude, provides great homework ideas

Written on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Deb has been a blessing! I’m so glad I decided to seek help and met such a wonderful help!

Written on May 18, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Deborah is extremely personable and kind. She has a wealth of knowledge and resources. I feel very taken care of by her. Happy we connected!

Written on Apr 21, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Deborah has been instrumental in helping me sort through a relationship crisis and some deep personal questions. Working with her has made me feel more confident in my decisions and has set me completely at ease after a tumultuous time. I cannot recommend her enough.

Written on Apr 20, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Throughout the majority of my adult life I have struggled with my family, And it got worse after I got engaged, they did not except my fiancé and continue to not except my husband. Every holiday there seems to be an issue every month there seems to be an issue it was constant arguing brought on with constant anxiety. I cannot recommend Deborah highly enough, she’s truly helped me through my family challenges and coping with it, and learning how to set barriers which has been incredibly important to me. I feel like I’ve grown more in a month than I have in the past three years. She’s truly helped me out through a very difficult time, and help me learn lessons I will carry with me the rest of my life

Written on Apr 10, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Deborah has already impacted me in a positive way in the past few weeks I’ve been working with her. She gives me true, honest insight and listens so effectively. I have had a few other therapists in the past and while they were wonderful, Deborah has been the most honest with me about difficult situations, empowering me to take actual steps to put myself in a better place. She is extremely compassionate, resourceful, and helpful.

Written on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Deborah is amazing. I started sessions with her during a very low point in my life and relationship and she has helped get me back on my feet, thriving and happy again. She’s so warm and friendly that you immediately feel comfortable opening up to her, and you never feel judged for anything you say. You can tell she really cares about you and she tailors her therapy to what my preferences are (giving me actionable items to do). Through Deborah I was given reminders and tactics that helped me improve my relationship and actually ended up saving it. I can’t thank her enough for being there for me whenever I needed her and for all her wonderful help!

Written on Mar 16, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Very kind and helpful…

Written on Mar 11, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Deborah is extremely helpful. She has helped me through some of my toughest times and with affirming boundaries and leading a happier life for myself. I really appreciate my time with her

Written on Feb 23, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 7 months on issues concerning depression

I really like Deborah for so many reasons, but also that she can understand the spiritual aspect of my journey because she is a believer as well.

Written on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

Awesome experience that I was not anticipating such great results!!!

Written on Nov 28, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Deborah listens to you, and relates to what you're going through. She is very easy to talk to, and offers multiple ways to find healing. I have never gone to therapy before, and am so happy to have been paired with Deborah as my first time therapist.

Written on Oct 01, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 3 weeks on issues concerning anger management

Deborah is a compassionate therapist. She understands my situation and has compassion in her approach to help me. She listened attentively and took notes. She allowed me to finish my thoughts and then asked questions. I felt safe, affirmed, and heard.

Written on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am truly grateful to have been paired up with Deborah for my first adult counseling experience. She approached our sessions with such compassion, understanding and brought a high level of expertise regarding fear and anxiety that proved extremely useful for me. From providing reading and listening material recommendations, to lending a listening ear when I needed to get my thoughts out, Deborah was exceptional. I feel more capable taking on challenges and even just daily life thanks to the tools she’s provided me.

Written on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Deborah has been nothing short of extraordinary to me. Right away I felt comfortable talking to her and getting to know her while she was getting to know me. She listens in a way that makes you feel understood and always validates my feelings. I feel very lucky to have found her.

Written on Sep 26, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

The 2 sessions I have had with Deborah has been good I will continue in the future

Written on Sep 22, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and grief

Deborah has been nothing short of miraculous! Her ability to listen, asses, and deliver solutions effortlessly is quite amazing. I’d highly recommend Deborah to anyone seeking clarity or needing to be put back together!

Written on Aug 10, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, and career difficulties

Deborah has been great. She listens and shares stories relevant to the problems I am having instead of trying to force clinical information and diagnosis. She provides me guidance and direction emotionally and mentally.

Written on Jul 21, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Deborah is really good at understanding my problems and the underlying issues that are keeping me from living a better life. She is helping me understand more about my mind and my role as a parent/husband, and she is truly a fun person to talk to. I'm grateful for her expertise and her being so open minded.

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