Debra is a Pediatric & Family Psychotherapist with continued education at Harvard Medical School in Child Psychotherapy, Mind Body Medicine and School Mental Health. Family therapy addresses the fundamental needs that strength the family unit when Child & Adolescent concerns arise. Play therapy is when toys are the child’s words, and play is the child’s language. Therapists strategically use play to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings.
Managing ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce and or Health Issues – Debra has experience in child, adolescent development, clinical counseling, school counseling, healthcare management and is a Marriage Family Therapy Associate, supervised by Michael Uram, LMFT, LPCC in Newport Beach & Tustin, CA.
Evidence Based Therapy:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy manages the thoughts, feelings, behavior and is effective with thought change.
Collaborative Problem Solving helps kids and adults that lack the skill, not the will. Effectively train the brain while compassionately working on skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance.
Play Therapy when play becomes the therapy, toys are the child’s words, and play is the child’s language. Therapists strategically use play to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings.
CogMed Certified Provider – CogMed helps create a platform for learning by improving verbal working memory, visuospatial working memory, and attention (one of the main executive functions). This brain-training software program promises to reduce inattention, hyperactivity, improve working memory, concentration. This will help children, adolescents and adults in reading comprehension, sentence repetition, and math skills. Solid evidenced based, peer-reviewed research by leading scientists. No other attention training products can match the research case behind Cogmed. Debra is a certified provider and works individually as your coach. www.cogmed.com
Social Skills Mindset Groups
Social Skills training and parent education. Collaborative problem solving and mindfulness based interventions on social thinking that impact daily life, school / peer relationships. Making friends, prevention / intervention from bullying, empowering youth development.
Teaching skills that support adaptive behaviors, decrease aggression, defiance, temper tantrums, self harm. Parents and kids learn that behaviors are a SKILL NOT a WILL !
Psychotherapy for Health Related Issues
Epilepsy and Infertility support. Individual, family, groups. When an illness is managed in a team approach and through psychological support, research indicates symptoms minimize and life becomes more manageable. Stigma diminishes, skills increase, family integration begins when supported.
- Infertility – www.mindbodyinfertility.com Debra is the Director of The Mind Body Institute for over 10 years
- Pre/Post Pregnancy Management – www.mindbodyinfertility.com