Debra Lawson

(LCSW)

About Me

Hello. My name is Debra Lawson. I am very happy to have this opportunity to work with you.

I have 27 years of experience providing counseling. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas 23854). I was in private practice for 6 years during which I provided individual, family and marriage counseling to children, adolescents and adults. Prior to that, I worked in the public sector providing counseling to children and adults with mental illness. I also worked many years in the field of child abuse and neglect.

Issues I have worked on with previous clients include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, anger management, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse,
domestic violence, relationship problems, family conflict, grief, trauma and career challenges. Tools I use in counseling are based upon several different counseling theories including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Structural Family Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

My counseling style is warm and informal, while also motivating clients to identify and make the changes necessary to address and manage their life challenges. I work hard to make sure counseling services are specially individualized to meet the needs of each particular client. One of the things we can do is look at what strengths you already have and how we can build upon those to help you create a life which is worthwhile and one in which you can experience joy and happiness.

Each day presents new opportunities for living a more satisfying life. Let’s work together to help you create a life which is meaningful to you. I am looking forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #23854 (Expires: 2021-01-31)


Reviews

Written by K.E. on Oct 08, 2019 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Debra has been so helpful and in such a short amount of time. She listens but also gives input when needed. Love her, best counselor I've had

Written by L.I. on Jul 10, 2019 after counseling with Debra for 5 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I found Debra to be very competent and caring.

Written by T.A. on Jun 04, 2019 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Mrs. Debra has been great! I would recommend anyone to use her that needs counseling.

Written by N.A. on Mar 23, 2019 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Debra is a great supporter and listens to my concerns. I feel confident in sharing information with her and know that she is a nonjudgmental and positive professional. I greatly appreciate her help thus far and recommend her counsel.

Written by J.O. on Feb 26, 2019 after counseling with Debra for 2 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

The biggest thing that I look for in a counselor is that they let me figure things out on my own, rather than offering unsolicited and prescriptive advice. Even if this means I struggle and fumble a little bit with choosing and pursuing my goals. Debbie has been AMAZING and humble and kind throughout my time with her. She has never judged, never second-guessed. For the most part, she just holds space for me while I word-vomit, and then helps me to piece together the truth from that mess. I would recommend Debbie to anyone, especially in regards to childhood trauma, processing emotional pain, and setting / being held accountable to goals of personal development. 11/10.

Written by S.A. on Nov 29, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and bipolar disorder

Debra has been pretty great. I love that she offers several ways to do my sessions, and really listened to what I had to say while we made a plan. I feel like in the short time we’ve worked together I’ve been better able to understand ways I can change my thinking and focus on being better in the ways I’d like.

Written by J.E. on Nov 04, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Debra is a very professional, warm, caring, experienced counselor. She is a great listener, is very empathetic, and has helped me through some challenging times and issues.

Written by B.R. on Oct 05, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

An amazing counselor and very helpful! Highly recommend!

Written by M.A. on Sep 14, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Debra Lawson is such an understanding and kind counselor. She understands what my needs are and never judges me. She has helped me a lot.

Written by K.A. on Aug 20, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and self esteem

Debra demonstrates a level of communication that only years of experience would have to offer. She is not afraid to ask you what you’re really trying to say, and offers real world methods to help you achieve your mental health goals. She is also very friendly, which is always a plus.

Written by E.L. on Aug 14, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Debbie has been very responsive and helpful. I've only been working with her a couple of weeks and have already gained some perspective shifting tools.

Written by D.A. on Jul 23, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 2 months

I have been online counseling with Debra now for about 4 weeks and she has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She has a lot of knowledge on different types of therapy, such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and EMDR. She was able to identify certain issues I was dealing with after I explained my symptoms and suggested the appropriate style of therapy that we could work with. She gave me homework and followed up each week to see what type of progress I made. I would definitely continue counseling with her as she was very knowledgeable and has helped me with my depression and anxiety issues.

Written by M.I. on Jun 26, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks on issues concerning family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Debra is a very understanding and professional counselor. Debra will do what she can do to make sure you will receive the treatment that will help you.

Written by S.A. on Jun 22, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, grief, parenting, and self esteem

Helpful and kind!

Written by A.L. on Jun 10, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, and intimacy-related

She is open and understanding with me.

Written by A.L. on May 21, 2018 after counseling with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and career

First session was amazing & Im excited to work with her!