"Debbie masters the art of balancing her clinical experience, intuitive knowledge, and genuine compassion to help me move toward my goals. When I first came to see Debbie, I had a great deal of fear and shame. I was keeping secrets, which I didn't feel comfortable sharing. Within our first few sessions, I trusted Debbie and felt safe enough to disclose what had been gnawing at me for many years. She listened to me without judgment and helped me to understand that my shameful behavior did not make me a bad person. It was a symptom of underlying emotional issues that we would explore together. Debbie is open-minded, flexible and eclectic in her approach. She invites me to set the agenda each week while being mindful of our overall treatment plan. With patience, empathy, and care, Debbie challenges me to uncover defense mechanisms and break old destructive patterns. Her consistent support, coupled with her sense of humor, encourages me to make positive life changes one step at a time. I respect her professionalism and personal integrity."
Lisa - age 43
"I'm starting to have a handle on things...I felt stressed about everything. I always felt like I needed to please the other person. I'm learning to do things for myself."
Marlene - age 28
"My stresses backed down. I learned that life is nice."
Amanda - age 16
"It is very difficult to be diagnosed with cancer. The upside is that I had the privilege of meeting you. You helped me make my life normal once again."
Beth - age 59
"Thank you for being you and helping me".
Ellen - age 64
"I started my weight loss journey 19 years ago. I weighed 350 pounds, had two small children alone and was very depressed.... I lost 150 pounds, but over time gained weight and was horrified that I let myself go back to almost where I had been. I believed back then that it was all about the food, but slowly found out that it is a three part program that works - mental, physical and eating healthy. I started talking in therapy every week about my emotional issues... I slowly started to lose the weight and feel good about myself. In therapy I talked about why I do the things I do to hurt myself with food and other things. I slowly started to love myself and the weight just started coming off. After three years I lost 110 pounds. There are ups and downs, slips and triumphs, but I just have to keep all three parts of this program up front and keep working at all three - it all goes together."
Linda - age 45