Hello! I'm Debbie (she/her)
I am a Nationally Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. I specialize in working with people who want to experience less conflict and more connection with others, as well as a greater comfort with their authentic selves. Change can be scary. I help people recognize their strengths and what they want in order to be open to the process of change.
My background is in Early Childhood Development. I worked with children and their parents as an educator from 1998-2001. During that time, I obtained specialty trainings in behavioral and crisis response strategies. These trainings are what led me to realize that I wanted to be a counselor. So, I engaged in and completed my Master's degree in School and Mental Health Counseling in 2004 from the University of Vermont.
Over the past 18 years, I have had the privilege of providing therapy and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in various capacities including schools, community mental health agencies, group practice, and in private practice.
When I am not working, I enjoy being outside in my yard and garden, spending time with friends, doing DIY projects around my house, snuggling my kitty, and being a mom to my two boys.
As a therapist, I am very dedicated to consistently deepening my own Self-awareness and growing my understanding of privilege and social constructs that impact all of us. As such, I genuinely understand the risk and vulnerability experienced in the therapeutic process.
I am passionate about helping people feel understood, increase their self-awareness, develop strategies that can help them experience lasting symptom-relief, and to change patterns that are no longer working. Together, we will explore what you believe is and is not working in your life and relationships. We will explore and define what you are hoping to get out of therapy and engage collaboratively in meeting your goals. Throughout this process, my primary focus is on supporting you to feel understood, cared for, as well as challenged to pursue what you want in your life.
My clinical approach incorporates a combination of relational, family systems, and IFS-informed interventions. Through this integrative approach, I offer an emotionally safe and non-judgmental space that encourages exploration and authenticity. I provide gentle guidance for developing insights and strategies to help you live a more fulfilling, connected life. I am here to hold space and support you as you explore new ways of understanding and responding to your current life stressors. Through our work together, you will experience new ways of understanding and opportunities to relate differently to your Self and others.