Deborah is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (NC) and a Certified Addiction Professional both in Florida and Internationally. She is also a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and a Certified Hypnotherapist. Deborah is also a Qualified Supervisor for professionals entering the behavioral health field and additionally has over 25 years of business experience in the field of early childhood education prior to beginning her work in counseling. Deborah graduated with her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and her Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from James Madison University. She has worked as a Case Manager, Primary Therapist, Director of an Intensive Outpatient, Family Program Coordinator, Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Officer. She has presented workshops at several state and national conferences about using mindfulness and emotional regulation to manage stress and using the arts as motivation in recovery as well as others.
Deborah’s work at Palm Beach Institute includes, serving as Family Program facilitator, Extended Care Director and Primary Therapist where she is happiest helping motivate clients to change. Deborah believes that using the arts is a valuable tool to help client's express themselves and to process their emotions. She brings a unique blend of experiential, motivational and cognitive behavior therapies to her work to help the client and their families find the strength to make the necessary life changes for a long term recovery.