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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Depression
LCSW #19186 (Expires: 2021-08-01)
I was nervous about doing online counseling but Debra has been great! From the beginning she really understood my problems and helped me get through them. It is easy to get along with Debra not only as your therapist but also as a friend.
Debra is fantastic!
Debra is so great and listens to what my needs are and responds quickly and accordingly to my issues. She gives worksheets for me to look at and also knows me well enough to know what helps and doesn’t help.
I was a little apprehensive about the format of BetterHelp, but intrigued too at the convenience of multiple options to connect with a counselor. I'm blown away by the ease of this platform and by how much Debra is able to convey empathy, compassion and true understanding of me so quickly. I feel in other sessions that time was rushed, counted, measured and I don't feel this way at all here. I'm able to actually explore the shallows and depths of life, and peel back the layers in my own time (even the scary parts) with a person who is so insightful and a fantastic guide. I feel myself finally gaining the tools I've been seeking and excited to see who I'll become. This was the best decision. I'm very thankful to Debra for her kindness and allowing me to share & be so open.
I returned to better help after a year because of my therapist. She seems like a friend and really helps me work through issues.
My first couple weeks with Debra has been life changing. I finally feel like I can get my life and thoughts organized for once. Her ability to recognize problems, suggest answers/solutions, and educate from a professional perspective helps me feel reassured and confident in my decision making skills. I love that Debra has an energetic attitude that isn't too overbearing, but just enough to make an introvert like me feel like she's actually interested and invested in my mental health journey. I'm very lucky to have found such an amazing counselor on my first try!
Debra, thank you for always following up and never being rude about my delayed responses. It is super helpful for me.
Debra has helped me understand myself better and grow my emotional health in ways I could not begin to imagine. Her guidance has helped me though many challenges and I have more tools to navigate life with thanks to her compassionate and forthright advice and insights.
Debra has been very helpful. This method of engaging with a counselor works for my busy schedule. I still find it hard to schedule time but that’s on me. Debra has been very accommodating.
Debra is amazing. I was skeptical about doing video counseling but now I honestly hope I can continue working with Debra. I feel safe and able to truly work on me. Thanks, Debra!
Debra is extremely attentive when it comes validation I need during difficult times and providing me with tools that help me be a more responsible and functional person. She’s very empathetic and quick to respond with thorough and thoughtful responses to my messages.
Debra is a true gem. She is very good at helping me to get to the heart of my issues and helps me find solutions that work with where I am at and that get me to where I want to be.
Debra is helpful and encouraging! She works around my schedule.
Debra has been wonderful and always offers feedback and I am always grateful for her experience and guidance.
Debra is an amazing counselor! She is very patient, understanding and has helpful advice and reminders. I would recommend her to everyone!
Debra is great. She responds very quickly and really seems to put a lot of thought into what she says to me.
Debra is an excellent counselor. I feel very good after every session I have with her. She has helped me a lot during our conversations and I have been feeling very good thanks to her and her advices. I totally recommend her. She is a very nice woman, she listens to you and is very sympathetic with your problems.
Debra is kind and engaged. She has never seemed to mind my long rambles and has gave me the confirmation that I needed to let go circumstances that have ate at me for far too long. I am a stay at home mom and she seems to really understand how trialing it can be mentally and emotionally without judgment.
Debra is an excellent therapist. I appreciate her approach. She has a unique ability to be encouraging while still being very real with me and not babying me. Highly recommend her to anyone seeking help!
Debra is very understanding and has helped me work through a variety of issues. She has helped me take my mental health into my own hands and when I feel lost she has helped me through. I would recommend her to anyone who needs help handling tough situations.
Debra is an amazing counselor who is honest, caring and gives you great life tools to help you move forward in your situation you are struggling with. She responds very quickly and is very compassionate but honest in her assessments of your situation. Debra has been a God send to me ♡
Debra is amazingly empathetic and is great at listening to my concerns and laying out achievable steps towards my goals. She has contributed to my life greatly in the past 1.5 years of counseling, through many trials, tribulations, and epiphanies. I consider her a friend whose advice I rely on, and would recommend her counseling to everyone I know.
Debra is a patient and compassionate counselor. She meets you where you’re at, listens and reflects what she hears, and encourages you to make positive changes to your outlook and your actions. Her recommendations are always grounded in your experience and according to your goals. For me she was like a very gracious friend who wasn’t there to give heavy-handed advice but just to listen with genuine couriosity and care, and to point me towards helpful resources that aligned with my needs and goals.
Debra has been nothing but amazing. She makes a point of checking up on me, and never forgets the details of my situation.
I feel comfortable talking with her and it gives me peace to have someone that I know is always there to listen and be objective.
When I signed on with BetterHelp, I was in serious need of a good therapist, but needed something that worked with a very low cost of entry. Getting matched with Debra was a real stroke of good fortune. She's at once professional and knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly. In addition to their training and understanding of mental health issues, it was important to me that I found a counselor who was fully supportive of my beliefs and identity. Debra has been a perfect fit in that regard, even better than I hoped; her approach and strategies match perfectly with my way of thinking, and even reflect many resources I've consulted on my own. Her communication style is similar to my own, familiar and appropriately casual, yet intelligent and thoughtful. She asks insightful questions, makes suggestions to help me find answers on my own, and is positive and encouraging when I make progress or have good news to share. I hope to continue working with Debra for a long time to come - it was difficult for me to take on counseling, and I very much needed it to be a strongly positive experience. It certainly has been what I was looking for, and I can't say enough how grateful I am.
In these situations you want someone who will listen and respond attentively. Debra does that and makes you feel that this is a safe place to Express your concerns. I know I would recommend her to someone who I felt needed help.
Debra is a great listener who is objective, caring, and insightful as well perceptive. She is direct in a gentle way and asks questions that have helped me process , discover, and move forward. Debra offers materials to supplement the issue we are dealing with, that have been very helpful.
Debra checks in with me in writing when we have not met in while and always seems to express to me what I need to hear at the moment. She is genuine, professional, caring, understanding, and positive.
I have grown in my journey of self understanding so much since I have started with her. She truly cares and her goal is for her clients to grow and move positively forward, and it is obvious in her counseling methods. Thank you, Debra!
My counseling experience with Debra has given me strength, hope and courage at a difficult time. I appreciate her more than I can say and don’t know what I would have coped without her help. Thanks for all the sunshine!
Debra is extremely supportive and responsive. She has helped me so much this past year.
Debra has been a wonderful person for me to communicate with. She is perfectly matched for me. I look so forward to her replies and can’t wait to hear from her each time we communicate.
Debra is very sweet and supportive. I feel like she really encourages me and recognizes my progress no matter how big or small.
Debra really understands my concerns. I feel comfortable opening up to her. She is prompt with her responses and has good questions that help me understand myself better.
Debra is very knowledgeable and caring. She takes time to check in with me if she hasn't heard from me in a couple days. I feel that she listens to me and genuinely cares about helping me reach my goals.
One of the many things about Debra that I appreciate is that she responds quickly but with substance. She actually takes the time to read my comments and sends me messages back with lots of detail. It doesn't feel rushed. I had a really rough and busy week and half and she checked in on me twice. I am glad that we were matched up.
She's awesome! Always leaves me on "positive mode" :)
Debra was extremely helpful. She had great insight, she is easy to talk to and she has provided great resources as well. I have enjoyed working with her.
She's been wonderful!
Debra has done a great job providing me with the support needed to learn more about my issues and ways to address them.
Debra is amazing. She is very responsive and encouraging.
Debra, thank you SO much for your help.
I can positively say Debra has helped me through a huge bump in my relationship; as well as my anxiety and anger issues. I came on here hoping to find someone who would be understanding and caring but still be realistic and take what I wanted into focus. I’ve talked to many people who just simply say to leave a situation that I want to fix. Debra hasn’t told me once that I should just hit the road; she’s helped me narrow down the issues at hand and try to find a solution that will work long term. I appreciate her being there for me as if she was a friend and not just “doing a job”. She has always been there asking the questions, that I never thought of asking, to help us get to a solution faster. I highly recommend her to anyone going through the bumps of life. Lastly, I would like to thank Debra. Our conversations have helped me change my perspective on my relationship and I’m sure it’s for the better.
Debra is extremely easy to talk to and she really cares about you as a person. She wants you to break through whatever is holding you back and what you are struggling with. She gives great practical advise and she really supports you. The activities and worksheets are helpful.
Debra is a wonderful therapist! She listens to you, checks in with you, really knows what you need help with even when you don’t know it! She’s supportive and validating and I’m so glad I found her on this platform!
She’s great! I’ve only talked to her for a short amount of time and she’s already helped a lot. She’s very sweet, and very understanding.
I appreciate Debra and she has been so helpful.
Does a wonderful job listening.
I have had a couple of counselors. Debra has been different because I feel that we hit the ground running. After the first session she was already placing solutions into practice. She is fair and balanced and has a way of understanding and listening that makes one feel safe, appreciated and validated. Up to date she is my favorite and come highly recommended.
I have only been working with her for a short time, but she clearly understands what I am telling her, even as fragmented as I am. I have been recommending her and the site to others who just do not have the time for sit down visits.
Debra has been an absolute godsend for me. I’ve always thought of myself as not needing therapy, mostly because I always felt that my stuff was so petty and not worth spending money on a therapist, but I decided to try it and Debra makes me feel like even my smallest and most trivial concerns are important and worthy of her time and expertise. In just two short weeks she has made me feel infinitely better. Thank you, Debra!!
Deborah listens carefully and focuses on solutions. She has helped me solve some important problems. I highly value her counseling skills.
Debra has been amazing. She’s really helped me decipher my thoughts and patterns to find the answers I need and the questions I’ve always needed to ask. She relates with me on a personal level and shares articles with me that are relevant to my situations that let me know that she gets my perspective. It’s a wonderful experience.
She does a good job at listening to the problems and assisting with coming up with solutions.
Debra has been understanding, thorough, insightful, but most importantly, she has validated a lot of my feelings while providing realistic solutions. She is truly awesome!!
Very kind and easy to work with!
I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder last year after having several personal unpleasant situations in my life that I guess just finally pushed me to the point of anxiety. After a year of just forcing myself to get through a day day after day I finally went back to my primary doctor. He had suggested counseling. I managed to come across the BetterHelp app and decided, “let’s just give this a try”. After answering all the questions they put me with Debra. I was very nervous on that first call with her, but after I hung up the phone I literally had a huge smile on my face and said, “she’s awesome!” My favorite thing about talking to her is that you don’t feel like your getting a psych evaluation. Talking with Debra feels more like your catching up with a friend and getting great advice and guidance! I’m so thankful for BetterHelp and for Debra. She’s encouraging and applauds your accomplishments no matter how big or small! If you’re on the fence about counseling with BetterHelp take a chance. I’m beyond thankful I did!! Debra I’m so thankful that you’re in my life and a key component to me getting back the me I use to be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Debra has supported me and my wife through my counseling. She's offered opinions and insights, but mostly listened well.
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.
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.
Debra has helped me through some of the toughest times.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
She is the best and is good for any type of situation.
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!
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.
Debra Halseth keeps an open mind and doesn't judge me. She is very helpful with advice she shares with me.
Debra has been very encouraging for me and very understanding. I look forward to working with her more!
Debra is an excellent counselor to have. Professional, attentive, and kind.
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.
Christine is very helpful.
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.
She has been 100% honest in a way- That's caring but also eye opening.
Debra is great to talk with. She has good questions and helps me move in the right direction each chat.
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.
Debra helps me break down my underlying issues and is encouraging always!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
She is an amazing therapist. I'm really glad I was set up her
Great communicator; listens well; has wonderful suggestions
She has been so encouraging and understanding. Without her I may have stayed a nervous wreck even after the holidays ended.
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.
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!
She's amazing! I can write about anything and everything.
Debra has been a great help to me, she really listens to me and is always there when I need her.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She has been great to talk to. I feel listened to and she has the expertise I need to get better.
She is wonderful.
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.