Debbie has been providing therapy services for families and adults over the past 15 years. She believes that you deserve to feel good. While there may be challenges that you are facing – whether individually or within your family – she works with you to build on your strengths to overcome barriers bringing you down. Debbie uses an eclectic style of therapy combining years of experience to cater sessions and therapy styles to your specific needs. She creates an environment where you can feel safe and respected.
Educational Background: Mentorship, Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute at Southwest Human Development in Phoenix, November 2006-2008. Master of Social Work, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2001-2003. Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993-1997
Infant and Early Childhood
The challenges of being a parent can feel overwhelming. Working together, the therapy supports strengthening your attachment relationship with your young one which is pivotal regardless of the cause for seeking therapy. Through therapy you can gain insight about your child’s cues to ease frustration and increase your understanding of your child’s needs. Behaviors have meanings, and when we are better able to understand why a child is displaying different behaviors; we are then more likely to be able to meet the underlying need the child is seeking to have fulfilled. In addition, if you experienced a traumatic pregnancy or birthing experience, together we can work to heal past wounds and provide a foundation from which you can move forward.
Children (age 5-10)
In her work with families and children, she works with both the child and parents (or other adults) by attending to their relationship for a strong foundation of life-long support. Debbie creates an environment where the child can build trust to work with her, and she listens to the parent’s concerns in her assessment of the child’s behaviors. Together she works with the family as a team to provide education of what the child is expressing s/he needs, and skills the adults can put into place to support the child and the family as a whole. Debbie works with children who have experienced trauma, shyness or withdrawal, social challenges, have disruptive behaviors at home or school, anger towards self or others, and developmental delays.
Adults (office-based and adventure therapy)
Debbie also provides individual adult therapy sessions. She has extensive experience working with adults with symptoms of anxiety, depression, have a history of trauma experiences, are going through life transitions, or are needing additional support. She creates a space where you can share your thoughts and feelings, and explore new skills so you can move forward in life from an empowered space. She provides both traditional office-based sessions, and outdoor sessions for adventure therapy.
Theoretical Frameworks include but are not limited to:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Adventure-Based Therapy