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About Deborah

Who am I?

How do I describe myself? I would use words like empathetic, approachable, personable, genuine, tenacious, and humble. I enjoy connecting with people and helping them. I have been described as “enthusiastic”, “straightforward”, “get to the point” and “real”. My patients say that I am kind and caring with warmth and a sense of humor. They say my laughter and joy of life are contagious.

I have an innate skill to quickly build a rapport with my patients. I give them hope and solutions and the opportunity to live their life with happiness, a sense of strength, purpose, and accomplishment.
My patients say that I am caring, compassionate, sincere and that I never give up on them.

I believe in the worth of all individuals. I want to help you believe in your worth, too. Sometimes it is like putting together the pieces of a puzzle. In the end, we have created a beautiful picture . . . and that “picture” is you.

My Professional Work:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Psychotherapist
  • Master’s in Social Work ~ Tulane University School of Social Work – New Orleans, LA 1989
  • 25+ years of experience in psychiatric hospitals and private practice
  • Intensive training under the supervision of leading expert psychiatrists at child, adolescent and adult psychiatric hospitals
  • Conducted and supervised individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with diagnoses of Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Chemical Dependency
  • Excellent clinical skills in assessment and treatment of patients’ psychosocial stressors and psychiatric disorders and establishing strong rapport with patients.
  • Highly regarded for her therapeutic skills and collaborative approach with physicians and other clinicians
  • Private Practice ~ 25 years: San Antonio, TX, Falls Church, VA & Beaumont, TX
  • Clinical Psychiatric Director and Therapist: Falls Church, VA & Beaumont, TX
  • Special Education Consultant: City of Falls Church, VA School System
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