Deborah McDaniel-Dunn

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About Me

When skiing, it is important to keep your weight forward; leaning in gives you control. The paradox is that very often our thoughts and emotions scream for us to do the opposite, to lean back, away from what brings us anxiety and fear. In life, like in skiing, leaning back is a natural instinct, but too often it serves only to diminish our control and take us in a direction opposite from the one we desire. To move forward, with intention and control, we must 'lean in'. This can be scary, and sometimes, we need some help along the way.

As a counselor, I see individuals of all orientations and in all life stages. I view therapy as a partnership and use interactive and integrative methods with individuals and within relationships to address your concerns and foster emotional well-being. Together we identify solutions to address challenging and painful life circumstances. As a sex therapist, my goal is to help individuals come to a place of peace and acceptance in relation to self, sexuality and gender. I work with adolescents and adults to support and empower personal growth and engender a sense well-being. My work regularly addresses relationship and sexual topics.

As no single therapeutic approach is right for everyone, I have been trained in a range of modalities including Sex Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and a MA in Counseling from the University of Colorado. I have received specialized training as a sex educator and therapist from the University of Michigan and am an ASSECT certified Sex Therapist. I hold licenses in both Minnesota (LPCC) and Wisconsin (LPC) as a professional counselor and am a qualified counselor supervisor in the state of Minnesota.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Codependency , Family of Origin Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 26

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPCC #cc00081 (Expires: 2021-11-30)

LPC #3401-125 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Written by S.H. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Deborah is very attentive to what I have to say. She is is amazing to talk to.

Written by M.A. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and adhd

Deborah is relatable and genuine, she got to my root issues quickly while respecting the process and my feelings. I have work to do myself but Deborah is supporting me navigating this and that's exactly what I need right now. So happy I found her.