Debra Halseth

(LCSW)

About Me

To seek help is the first and often hardest step to address challenges, alleviate pain, and achieve positive change in one's life. I am a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 20 years experience in medical, mental health and community-based settings. I have worked in acute hospital units including trauma, surgical, heart/lung transplantation, neonatal, and rehabilitation. I also provided individual, group, and family counseling in a variety of settings including partial hospital programs for dually diagnosed individuals. In addition, I have conducted stress management seminars and provided public speaking on a variety of health-related topics.

My approach to counseling is solution focused, helping clients to identify realistic goals and strategies based on individual strengths. I only focus attention on past experiences to the extent that they may block progress now and in the future. I believe that any person can achieve significant change and improved quality of life, regardless of past experiences and circumstances.

I received both a Bachelor of Social Work in 1991 and Master of Science in Social Work in 1994 from the University of Texas at Arlington. I live in Houston, Texas with my husband, son, and daughter. I look forward to working as your partner to achieve the changes that you seek with counseling.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship
  • Grief
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Addictions, Family, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Depression

Years of Experience: 17

Licensing

LCSW #19186 (Expires: 2019-08-31)


Reviews

Written by H.O. on Nov 29, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She was super sweet and helped me feel comfortable about my divorce, something I wasn't even planning on doing when I started, but began to understand it was needed. She helped me build my confidence.

Written by B.L. on Nov 27, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Debra has a strong ability to draw out questions and find what the current issue is. She does a great job of responding to the impactful thoughts and ideas.

Written by L.U. on Nov 16, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and sleeping

I have only been talking to Debra for a couple of weeks and I think she is wonderful! Already, I am making progress and I love her input and the worksheets she sends me.

Written by L.I. on Nov 13, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and trauma and abuse

Very professional and a blessing at this point in my life!

Written by A.L. on Nov 10, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks stress, anxiety

Debra knows her stuff. She offers advice that's aimed directly at the issues I'm struggling with. When I didn't respond to a message, she checked in on me and that was so comforting & much appreciated.

Written by R.O. on Nov 06, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and trauma and abuse

Debra has supported me and my wife through my counseling. She's offered opinions and insights, but mostly listened well.

Written by E.L. on Oct 31, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks stress, anxiety

Debra has been extremely helpful and I think she's amazing. I'm so glad I decided to use BetterHelp and that I have her.

Written by M.E. on Oct 26, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

Debra is extremely sensitive and respectful of my specific issues and needs. She has reached out to me to check on me if she hasn't heard from me in a while. This really means a lot to me. To have someone ask how you are and know that they really want to hear the answer.

Written by M.T. on Oct 24, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, anger, and depression

She has been really helpful. I can tell that she is engaged and actually keeps track of my progress and where I am in my life. She’s really affirming, but she’s honest and I feel comfortable saying anything and everything on my mind with her without experiencing any judgement.

Written by M.I. on Oct 22, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks

So far, I haven't worked with Debra very long, but she seems well educated, thoughtful, and encouraging. I'm enjoying this experience of one-on-one advice very much.

Written by A.N. on Oct 22, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and sleeping

Debra has been of great support in these stressful times in my life. I wish I had more time to reach for her more often. Hopefully with time I will be able to! :)

Written by B.M. on Oct 21, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 5 months depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Debra has helped me through some of the toughest times.

Written by R.A. on Oct 21, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Debra is a caring, one of a kind individual. She is hands down the best counselor I have ever had. Even when I’m at my lowest and can’t find the energy to talk to anyone, Debra will send a text just to let me know she’s still here for me. Having someone in your corner who truly cares is amazing.

Written by C.H. on Sep 28, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 4 weeks

I think it's great to talk to someone "outside" of my world about personal problems like not being able to control anger and having panic attacks. I was always told to "breathe deep" but I never knew there were actual breathing exercises for that. The breathing exercises work!! Just have to remember to use them!!

Written by R.A. on Sep 27, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks relationship

Debra is hands down the BEST. I've been to numerous counselors in my life but Debra has my upmost respect. Thanks for opening my eyes to see the truth.

Written by L.A. on Sep 23, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related

Debra has been so helpful to me in dealing with grief and changes in my life. She has provided me with tools for feeling more equipped to deal with every day life and emotional struggles I've been experiencing. I'd recommend her.

Written by A.L. on Aug 25, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and sleeping

Kind.

Written by C.E. on Aug 06, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and anger

She is the best and is good for any type of situation.

Written by C.O. on Jul 30, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, family, sleeping, and self esteem

Debra honed right in on what was going on with me and helped sort out the things that were overwhelming me. She checked in on me, provided me with purposeful exercises and things to think about. She was a great resource when I needed it the most!

Written by R.E. on Jul 09, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 4 months depression, relationship, family, and self esteem

I believe that communicating my concerns to Debra Halseth has helped me to do a very important "life review". This process has enabled me to overcome a mild depression caused by adjusting to living alone after moving to a new home back in my home town. Debra's professional feedback has also helped me to resolve some issues with my grown sons, to reach out to find support in social groups, and to make progress in several projects which I have set for myself. I've recommended BetterHelp.com to some of my family members when they have also needed some assistance with successfully getting through occasional "roadblocks" in their lives. I think BetterHelp.com is a great service that is very useful in today's busy environment where finding time to seek counseling is often difficult and expensive. I hope it continues to be available to the public.

Written by K.I. on Jun 27, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

Debra Halseth keeps an open mind and doesn't judge me. She is very helpful with advice she shares with me.

Written by B.E. on Jun 26, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 6 months depression, and relationship

I have experienced Debra as being very warm and a caring but professional, too. Very glad that she is my counselor!

Written by A.M. on May 29, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 4 weeks depression, sleeping, and self esteem

Debra has been very encouraging for me and very understanding. I look forward to working with her more!

Written by A.D on May 23, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 8 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Debra is an excellent counselor to have. Professional, attentive, and kind.

Written by C.A. on May 17, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

After doing this for several months, this is my favorite form of therapy. It feels more relaxed and I am able to reread the conversation at a later time as a reminder. Before I would almost forget immediately what was said because I was often very nervous. This is experience with Debra is more than I expected.

Written by T.E. on May 17, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and career

Christine is very helpful.

Written by N.I. on May 11, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Debra is the perfect therapist for me. She is compassionate, kind, and very thoughtful in her replies. I knew from the first message she sent back that she was going to take the time to truly understand me. She is not afraid to push me, which I need. She asks challenging and direct questions that make me think and dig into my issues. The combination of compassion, understanding, and her ability to challenge is what makes her so wonderful at her job. I highly recommend Debra to anyone in need of counseling.

Written by B.M on May 01, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 5 days depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

She has been 100% honest in a way- That's caring but also eye opening.

Written by J.A. on Apr 12, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship

Debra is great to talk with. She has good questions and helps me move in the right direction each chat.

Written by A.T on Apr 03, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months stress, anxiety

When I signed up I went through one other counselor but I didn't feel like i was getting anything out of it. I decided to give it another try and switch counselors and i was thankfully matched up with Debra. I have been talking with Debra for a few months now and I truly feel like I have improved in how I deal with my anxiety. She has brought on so much clarity in what causes my anxiety and how to deal with it when it does present itself. Even if there's not much going on she is still a great listener and will just make you feel like you have someone to talk to.

Written by B.E. on Apr 02, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Debra helps me break down my underlying issues and is encouraging always!

Written by S.T. on Apr 02, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Debra is very warm and kind and although I word vomited a ton of things that were going wrong she was there and able to help point out the one thing that I need to focus on "fixing" the most.

Written by F.L on Apr 01, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, parenting, and self esteem

Debra is an outstanding counselor. She has turned my life from having someone I loved and when that person hurt me so badly and took everything from me. Debra got me all the right tools to help mm email out. Our conversation were the bet I ever had. From the beginning I really didn't think I needed a counselor. But over a short amount of time Debra showed me a life I only dreamed of having. Thank you very much Debra. I'm so looking forward in your helping me step into a guy I've wanted a long time ago. And with the help of Debra I longer have that feeling like I need someone in my life.

Thank you to Debra Haleth.

Written by K.A. on Mar 31, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, parenting, and self esteem

She is amazing. She isn't going to just give you advice but helps you walk through the steps to work through your problems or situations. She responds in a decent time when you write to her. She has been a great help to me.

Written by S.T on Mar 29, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Debra has helped me see my potential and feel confident to leave a very toxic and emotionally abusive relationship. She was rational, not biased, and helped me see both sides of the relationship. This helped me understand and overcome the initial and overall sadness that I was experiencing.

Written by W.I on Mar 28, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 4 days depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related

Debra is very thorough in paying attention to what you're saying. She encourages you to focus on particular things you point out that feel like good growth points. I'm speaking to her about my romantic relationship and she does a wonderful job of being an unbiased third party with what I'm telling her. Thanks Debra!

Written by R.E on Mar 28, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, relationship, family, and self esteem

I think Debra Halseth is a fine counselor. She reads my messages with considerable thought. She responds promptly and provides excellent feedback that is illuminating. She is helping me to understand what may be the sources of my current malaise. I appreciate her efforts and analysis very much. I believe writing to her has already contributed to my improved attitude.

Written by K.D on Mar 20, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She's kind, thoughtful, and insightful. Debra gives me great feedback and never judges my thoughts. She takes time to give a good and meaningful response.

Written by J.A on Mar 16, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, parenting, self esteem, and anger

I really appreciated Debra's thoughtful, objective perspective. She brought a sense of reason and perspective to the issues I was facing. In addition, she was extremely responsive and thorough with her reply. I feel that her strengths as a therapist shone most strongly with our interaction over the telephone, where she helped counsel my husband and I through a conversation. Her perspective and gentle guidance for both of us gave us a constructive and honest path forward. I would most highly recommend Debra to anyone dealing with personal or family issues.

Written by M.E on Mar 08, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She is an amazing therapist. I'm really glad I was set up her

Written by R.H on Feb 23, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 months depression, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping

Great communicator; listens well; has wonderful suggestions

Written by M.A on Feb 11, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting, self esteem, and anger

She has been so encouraging and understanding. Without her I may have stayed a nervous wreck even after the holidays ended.

Written by B.E on Jan 26, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, and relationship

I was matched with two other counselors before Debra Halseth. She was the first counselor that I thought would work out for me, and the first one I actually talked to. Today was our third session. Debra is a good listener with a lot of compassion. She has made some very excellent recommendations and I appreciate her guidance. Highly recommend. Keep searching until you find the right fit for you.

Written by D.A on Jan 25, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks relationship, and family

Very insightful!

Written by K.I on Jan 24, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping, and self esteem

Debra is extremely helpful and really puts care and a lot of thought into her responses. I've been to a lot of face-to-face therapy sessions but none of them were as helpful as Ms. Halseth. Would definitely recommend her!

Written by T.A on Jan 22, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

She's amazing! I can write about anything and everything.

Written by L.U on Jan 10, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and bipolar

Debra has been a great help to me, she really listens to me and is always there when I need her.

Written by S.A on Jan 01, 2017 after counseling with Debra for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

I have had such a great experience with my counselor Debra Halseth. I was going through a tough breakup and she was very helpful by asking me very reflective questions that made me feel more confident about the decisions I was making. I felt like she was never judging me and I could be 100% open with her. I am so glad that I sought out help in this stressful time in my life. Debra- I appreciate your feedback. It gave me clarity.

Written by J.E on Dec 20, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

Debra has done a great job of listening to me and helping me through some really tough times. I'm so very thankful for her!

Written by N.E on Nov 26, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Debra has been nothing but helpful in helping me work through my issues as well as identifying triggers for others I've had recently. I highly recommend her!

Written by K.P on Nov 22, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 2 days stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

I came seeking help with a particular situation and wound up finding methods of dealing and healing for various issues I have been carrying over the years- including the initial problem. I am very grateful to have made such a positive connect. I have a renewed sense of self-awareness, and a positive charge towards my life. I'm very grateful.

Written by J.A on Nov 16, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks grief, and self esteem

Debra has been very understanding of a difficult situation and has been a good listening ear. I am gaining strength through her counseling and feel like I have someone to talk to who cares.

Written by S.H on Oct 31, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Debra is amazing first off. She knows the right ways to take the conversation and the right words to say to make things better. I couldn't have asked for a better or more experience counselor. Debra understands where you are coming from and is sentimental to my feelings. BEST COUNSELOR EVER!!!

Written by M.A on Oct 21, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger

I thank God every day that I was referred to BetterHelp.com and specifically Debra Halseth. She is a wonderful human being, and a very caring and supportive therapist. She has helped me so much, there is no way to accurately convey how she has helped me change my life for the better. I don't know where I would be right now without her help, her wisdom, her insight, her knowledge, her caring. I am very grateful to her for spending so much time helping me climb up out of the hole I have been in for so long. A heartfelt THANK YOU to you, Debra!

Written by A.R on Oct 21, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She's been a great help. Very attentive and she helps me realize some problems I have and then works with me on how to resolve them.

Written by A.N on Oct 04, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

Debra has been a great counselor for me and has really helped me map my personal issues and helped me tackle each and every one of them one at a time!

Written by G.I on Sep 15, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 2 months relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Debra is a patient counselor with great listening skills and thoughtful recommendations for helping to work through issues and resolve problems. I am very fortunate to be working with such a great professional during a difficult period of transition in my life. Thank you Debra.

Written by A.L on Aug 25, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 2 days relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I came to BetterHelp in a desperate moment in my life, hoping to find some kind of guidance to take me out of the hole I was in. I wasn't completely convinced that I would come away from betterhelp any wiser or less lost. But happily, I have come away with knowledge that has improved my situation quite a bit. Debra is a wonderful person; I wish I knew her in person. She is so gentle and wise, I don't know what character traits are better than those. She is also so very dedicated, I have to say that I was honestly surprised by that. I just didn't expect her responses to be so quick and at the same time, so carefully analytical. Her responses were far from generic, they were so well thought out and insightful.

I also appreciate the questions that Debra asks me, which ultimately have led me to ask important questions of myself that only lead to awareness and self-improvement.

Written by J.E on Aug 18, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 3 months depression, relationship, family, and intimacy-related

Debra has been absolutely wonderful and has helped give me a lot of insight into my current situation. She responds with a very caring approach, but is not afraid to challenge me and ask me questions that get me thinking and digging deep into the roots of my problems.

Written by N.I on Jun 30, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and depression

Debra really seems to be a wonderfully caring therapist. Whenever I write to her I've been rather amazed at how quickly she responds. Being able to talk to her as much or as little as I want is a definite plus over traditional therapy.

Written by C.A on Jun 30, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks relationship, family, and intimacy-related

Online counseling with Debra Halseth has been very beneficial to my well being. I'm going through hard times and needed someone to give me some support. She has answered every time I have messaged her.

Written by M.T on Jun 27, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, anger, and depression

She has been great to talk to. I feel listened to and she has the expertise I need to get better.

Written by A.M on Feb 23, 2016 after counseling with Debra for 2 months

She is wonderful.

Written by S.Y on Nov 12, 2015 after counseling with Debra for 2 days

It has only been three days since I started my counseling with Debra and it gives me so much relief everytime she responds. I wish I would've known about this along time ago but, I'm looking forward to getting through this process with the help of my wonderful counselor. Thank you so much Debra.