Deborah has been licensed & practicing as a marriage & family therapist for over 25 years. She specializes in expressive & play therapies. Deborah is a registered Play Therapy supervisor & has completed certificate trainings in expressive therapies at the University of California, San Diego; the San Diego Center for Art Therapy; & the Sky Mountain Institute. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, is past-president of the California
and South Carolina Associations for Play Therapy, & has been a board member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams
(2008-2010). Deborah is a core faculty member of Capella University’s counselor education program, a CACREP approved program. She has developed certificate programs in art & play therapies & presents regularly at state, national, & international conferences.
Deborah’s work is grounded in the understanding that all people experience inspiration to express themselves creatively; that the experience of engaging in this process is healing & transformative; that the regular practice of visiting these interior landscapes fertilizes our capacity to connect with ourselves, others, & the natural world; & that experiencing these connections leads us to a deep & satisfying sense of relatedness & wholeness, accompanied by change & development that is preferred & optimal.
-revised version of quote from Natalie Rogers-
Deborah’s work is additionally informed by integral & relational approaches, meaning that she views each human being as being part of a larger relational world, that we are all developing through a process that is quite naturally unfolding towards a consciousness that promotes well-being, & that all voices & positions deserve being listened to & come out of intentions that have personal meaning to those who hold them.
Deborah lives & practices in Greenville, South Carolina, where she enjoys hiking, gardening, the cinema, & the good company of friends & family.