I am a Dual Diagnosis Counselor independently licensed in treating mental health and substance abuse. My licensure in addiction/substance abuse is temporarily on hold at my request. I have over twenty years experience as a face to face therapist. I am trained in a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral, solution focused, Trauma informed Care, Reality therapy, Existentialism, and Motivational Interviewing. I also blend in a Didactic (teaching) approach on a variety of issues such as communication skills, conflict resolution, stress reduction, anxiety reduction, self esteem assessment and tools for healthier relationships. I believe the relationship between counselor and client is extremely important. I work to create safe space where you feel valued, heard, respect and supported. Open and honest dialogue is a must. I do not judge but see us as a team working together. My goal is to aid you on a journey of self discovery, healing and growth. You have made the most important step on this journey, you reached out for help. This is a brave step, one I am glad you have decided to take. I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OH LISW I.0009188
I worked with Debbie for a little over a year. Looking back I am so amazed and proud of the changes I see in my internal monologue and self confidence. Debbie kept me laughing through sessions while we investigated past experiences I never thought I could share. This was my first experience with a therapist and it has been an invaluable experience. Thank you Debbie!
Written on Feb 23, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, family conflicts, and career difficulties
She is amazing. She has helped guide me through some of the most difficult points in my life.
Written on Feb 23, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
She’s very quick to respond and has made me feel heard and I really like that she uses her therapeutic use of self to make me feel like I’m not alone.
Written on Feb 21, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
She is supportive and understanding
Written on Jul 24, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
She's absolutely amazing and very supportive
Written on Apr 15, 2022 after therapy with Deborah for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and bipolar disorder
She’s truly amazing and a great ear. She never pressures you to do anything you’re not comfortable with and it’s always a safe place with her!
Written on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd