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A little about me...I’m a Christian, and a faith-based therapist. I don’t use the term “Christian Counselor” because I utilize the same counseling skills and techniques whether or not faith is involved. The difference is that bringing God into the process adds a deeper level of strength and hope that traditional therapy cannot offer.
I am aware of the reality of spiritual warfare, and of the power of prayer. I also know there is a physical aspect of mental health, and that medication can sometimes play an important role in healing. (In other words, it's not about whether or not someone has "enough faith"). Many different factors contribute to a person's health and well-being. They won't all need to be addressed in counseling, but it's helpful to be aware of their impact in your life.
I have 19 years of experience working with children, families, and women of all ages, from teens to adults. I'm pretty easy-going, and I strive to meet people wherever they're at...to be authentic and real in my interactions. Life is hard, so let's talk about it and work through it together.
I approach the counseling process with empathy and respect: this may look like listening and sitting with you in painful emotions, or it may be asking questions and offering insight to enable healing and/or personal growth.
People seek counseling for a variety of reasons and come with different needs, so the process itself will vary accordingly. Fortunately, you don't have to know ahead of time exactly what you need, or even what your goals are, because those are things we can identify through our communication together. Sometimes it's important to understand how your past influences who you are, to identify underlying beliefs and how they impact your thoughts, your feelings, and the choices you make. Other times, counseling is more about acknowledging and accepting where things are right now, so that we can problem-solve together and help you move forward. Helping to identify personal strengths and a sense of purpose in who God created you to be can also be important aspects of counseling.
Areas of experience and interest include coping with stress, depression, anxiety (including anxiety in children), life transitions, parenting, aging, and communication in relationships of all kinds. I enjoy being a resource for parents who are struggling to understand their kids, of any ages. I love to help others better understand God, faith, and religion, and how they play a role in your life and the issues for which you’re seeking help.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Eating disorders , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy
LMHP #3224 (Expires: 2020-12-31)
Deb has been amazing. She listens well and is very empathetic. I love that she points me to God in all things. Thank you!