Debra Younger


About Me


I am pleased and excited that you have decided to consider me as a possible partner in your journey of discovery, growth, and healing and I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you.

My name is Debra Younger. I have the claim to fame of being a 4th generation Californian, though I currently live in the Midwest, and I am blessed to be able to partner with my animal-assisted therapy dog Shiloh in my face to face clinical practice.

I have been a professional therapist for 7 years, and a Life Coach and Pastoral Counselor for 10 years. Prior to this, I was an RN for over 33 years, specializing in Home Health Care and Hospice, as well as Maternal Child Health. As a result, I am able to bring a wide breadth of learning and experience to my work. I am also a veteran and have a heart for working with our returning servicemen and women as they struggle to re-integrate back into civilian life from a combat or military environment.

On a personal note, my many life experiences, such as being a single parent for 23 years, allow me to truly understand and emphasize with many of the adverse life events my clients have experienced. I have also been in my own personal therapy for 10 years, so I understand what it takes to admit that you’re human, that you can’t always handle what life throws at you, and be courageous enough to seek help.

My areas of expertise lie in working with individuals who are struggling to deal with the adverse events they have experienced in their lives; including trauma, all forms of abuse, loss, grief, and attachment issues and the symptoms that arise as a result – anxiety, low self-esteem, PTSD, unresolved grief and sadness, and difficulty living healthy, happy lives.

My approach to therapy is founded on my belief that my clients are more than the problems that they are experiencing and bring to therapy. It is a holistic approach that sees them as a whole person consisting of mind, body, and spirit intimately intertwined and inseparable. A problem in any one area always affects the others and none of the areas can afford to be ignored and not any one specific therapy holds all the answers.

Therefore, I choose to utilize a toolbox that offers interventions from a variety of counseling approaches, depending on the needs of my clients. However, my primary approach to therapy is using EMDR and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy combined. Individually they are excellent, but when combined they make a powerful tool for growth and healing.

As a Life Coach, IFS is also an excellent intervention to foster growth and change in healthy and positive directions. Being able to work with identified ‘Inner Critics” and convert them to “Inner Champions” and “Inner Mentors” is very empowering.

So, whether you are looking for help in dealing with the negative stuff life throws at you, or are looking to grow and improve in your personal life, I believe that I can help you accomplish your goals and desires and I would welcome the opportunity to walk with you on your journey.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #001665 (Expires: 2022-09-30)

LPC #2018043925 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Written by F.R. on Apr 28, 2021 after counseling with Debra for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

with just simple conversations, Debra helped me in a short time to experience a powerful shift.: my attitude toward challenges and past failures has really change. heelp is a better help.

Written by C.L. on Feb 27, 2021 after counseling with Debra for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

In the short time I have spent meeting with Debra, I have experienced a huge improvement in clarity and direction. Debra is quick to respond with positive reinforcement and clear and realistic paths to wellness. Her approach is authentic and patient which I appreciate so much. Her experience in the mental health field is evident with every interaction. I always leave a session feeling heard, supported, and motivated to find solutions for myself and my life. 10/10 would recommend.

Written by J.A. on Feb 22, 2021 after counseling with Debra for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and lgbt

I have been working with Debra for the past couple of months and she is an overall attentive, kind, and super supportive therapist. Would reccommend to anyone!

Written by M.U. on Dec 23, 2020 after counseling with Debra for 2 months on issues concerning anger management

Debra is attentive, empathetic and understanding,, a great all round therapist with a lot of knowledge.