Marriage & Family Therapy

Child, Adolescent, Family & Health Psychology

Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism, Social Skills and Health issues (Cancer, Epilepsy, Fertility).

Debra is a Psychotherapist with advanced continued education at Harvard Medical School, specializing in Evidence Based research in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), DIR/Floortime® Approach.  Debra also has experience in school mental health (elementary, middle, high school counseling), and mind body medicine.

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.

DIR/Floortime® Approach for Children with Autism is a based on building functional emotional developmental capacities through relationships.

Debra is an experienced Marriage Family Therapist Registered Intern #85678, Supervised by Michael Uram, a licensed marriage family therapist in Newport Beach & Tustin, CA.

 

Arreas of Expertise

SOCIAL THINKING SKILLS 

Debra facilitates groups in Social Skills training and parent education.  Collaborative problem solving and mindfulness based interventions that teach how social thinking impact life skills.

Teaching skills that support adaptive behaviors, ADHD, Autism, Learning / Lagging Skills, Aggression, Defiance, Temper Tantrums, Self Harm.   Parents and kids learn that behaviors are a SKILL NOT WILL !

 

 

PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR HEALTH ISSUES

Epilepsy, Cancer Recovery 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 with increased overall health.

  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Infertility (www.mindbodyinfertility.com) Debra is the Director of The Mind Body Institute for 10 years
  • ADHD, Autism, Neurodevelopment issues and Other Health Impairments