“Your addiction is not who you are.”
As a person who is living in recovery, this is the first thing Deborah works to help her clients understand about themselves. Deborah is passionate about helping people realize their worth just by being who they are. Deborah strongly believes that in order to recover, one must believe they are worthy of recovery.
Recovery is hard work. It requires an honest desire and willingness to change one’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. This occurs through deep self-exploration and examination of all parts of ourselves, especially the ones we don’t want to see. This is often scary and confusing. However, when we know that we have someone to support us in this journey and walk alongside us, the task is less daunting.
It is said and it is true that our secrets keep us sick. Moreover, when we bury our feelings, we bury them alive. Deborah works with her clients to earn their trust and to create a safe space where they can dig deep and free themselves of the secrets, feelings, and experiences that sustain the roots of addiction. She does this using a person-centered approach which is free from judgment and willingness to accept her clients for who they are, and not what they have done.
As a second career therapist with a former business background, Deborah brings a unique perspective and skill set to her work as a therapist due to her varied life experiences and as a person living in recovery. A lifelong Philadelphia area resident, Deborah enjoys spending her free time with her 2 college-age children, her dogs, friends and family, her hobbies, and being a staunch Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Deborah graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She has experience working with patients with a wide variety of mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, trauma, grief, eating disorders, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, and couples counseling.