Hello, and congratulations for taking that important first step toward feeling better. My name is Deborah Corey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in managing depression and anxiety, ADHD, relationship counseling, career counseling, grief and loss, conflict resolution, and social/communication skill building. I have been counseling people from all walks of life for over 15 years and I love what I do. My clients have told me that my warmth, compassion, and sense of humor makes them especially comfortable sharing their life stories with me.
Before I continue with my profile, just a just a quick note that I am a therapist licensed in California only, and even if you are a California resident, my license only allows me to work with clients who are physically located in California at the time of our sessions. I realize that it is the holiday season and a lot of us are traveling, so if you are in another state, even temporarily, please switch your profile to indicate what state you are currently in, and you will be matched with a therapist from that state. When you return to California, then you can be matched with a California therapist. I realize that this is inconvenient and I wish the licensing laws were more flexible, but therapists can only work with clients located in the state in which they are licensed.
Now, on with my profile for those of you that are in California. As a solution-focused therapist, I focus on your strengths and assets not just your problems or psychiatric diagnosis. In our work together, I will engage you in goal-directed, therapeutic conversations in order to help you discover your success stories and overcome the challenges that are getting in the way of you feeling good about yourself. Relationships are a big part of feeling good, and I will work with you to develop new, healthy relationships and enhance your existing relationships with your partners, friends, family, and colleagues. In addition to Solution Focused Therapy, I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which helps you identify, challenge and replace thoughts and assumptions that make life harder with healthier beliefs and coping skills to help you manage stress and feel better. I also utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques which combine mindfulness strategies with coping/self-care skills to allow yourself to experience your feelings without becoming entangled in them and letting them control your life.
I received my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1998 from the University of British Columbia. I have experience as a therapist and clinical supervisor in a variety of settings, including multi-disciplinary private practice centers, community based mental health programs, crisis intervention centers, and partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient programs. I am in the process of upgrading my education; I am currently a doctoral student working toward my Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology. I am licensed to provide counseling services to people who are physically located in the state of California.
My areas of expertise include:
Couples Therapy and Mediation
Divorce/Separation Counseling (facilitating an amicable separation)
Communication and Social Skills Training
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Attention Deficit Disorder
Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism
Anxiety, Panic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
LGBTQ Issues- I am a proud ally of the LGBTQ community.
Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression
Managing Chronic Illness and Caregiver Issues
Career Counseling/Employment Transition
Conflict Resolution and Anger Management in the Home and Workplace
Physical, Developmental, and Learning Disabilities
Grief and Loss/Bereavement
I do not specialize in trauma work, PTSD, parenting skills, or processing childhood experiences (psychodynamic therapy). While I can help you develop solutions to problems that may stem from trauma or childhood experiences, my approach is tailored toward developing solutions rather than spending a lot of time discussing the problem in detail. There are other therapists you can choose on Better Help with these specialties or approaches if you prefer.
As a Better Help therapist, I offer sessions primarily by phone, which can be supplemented with asynchronous (not live) messaging. If you prefer video or live chat, there are other therapists you can choose on Better Help that use these modalities, since I have found my therapy is most effective with phone sessions.
I look forward to working with you!
- Anger management
- Career difficulties
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue Read more...
LMFT #LMFT48962 (Expires: 2022-02-28)
Deborah has been great in empowering me and talking me through difficult times. Her advice has allowed me to see things in a different perspective, which I really appreciate
Deborah Corey is warm, communicative, flexible, and consistent. She provided an accepting and nonjudgmental environment, an open mind and heart, and a high level of dedication and individual attention. Deborah provided a literal lifeline during eight very difficult months and helped me smoothly transition to in-person therapy when the time came.
Deborah is a kind and effective counselor. She listens to my issues with no judgement and provides constructive new ways to think about my problems. I feel like I’m moving forward when I talk to her every week.
She's a great listener and always positive and has helped me come a long way.
Deborah is great and would highly recommend to whoever is in need of a counselor, very kind, helps you feel real comfortable and so far is really helping me. I'm thankful for her and using BetterHelp.
I have been working with Deborah for a short period of time but I am so glad that she is there to talk to. She responds quickly and makes me feel at ease.
Very good. She hears and understands me.
Deborah quickly went to my immediate issues and got me calmed down. The worksheets and conversations have helped me control the anxieties and work on more positive potential outcomes.
Deborah helped me work through some challenges I was having, and she got me on the right track. She's smart, compassionate, and she asks the right questions. I'm really appreciative of her help.
Deborah has helped me during a very difficult time and I really appreciate all the great advice I got out of this process. I felt Deborah was in my corner at every stage of the process and the changes I was able to make to my life as a result were extremely positive. It couldn't have been a better match!
You are so awesome!!!
I really like working with Deborah. I feel that she really listens to me and catches things in what I am saying that make me think. I would recommend her to anyone.
Deborah is very caring and asks good questions that make you think.
I feel heard
Deborah is skilled at understanding specific issues and probing in a tactful way to get to the heart of the matter. In doing so she uncovers new ways of thinking that help her patients see their problems in a new light and better understand how to help themselves. I have been impressed with her counseling abilities so far.