Debbie earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington and her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. She has worked as a counselor in both youth residential treatment and inpatient psychiatric care programs, and as a therapist serving children, teens and young adults. Debbie has spent the past 19 years working for Oregon DHS focusing primarily on foster and adoption placement. She has returned to providing mental health services to have greater direct impact and to support people through transition, wherever they are in their lives.
Debbie believes that, because family systems can have significant impact an both the individual and family dynamics, it is important to work with both to develop their greatest strengths and work collaboratively toward success. She enjoys assisting children in finding their own voice and confidence through play and role playing.
During her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching sports, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Depression, Grief/Death, PTSD, Adoption, Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks, Foster Care/DHS Involved, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy