Marriage & Family Therapy

Family Psychology

Debra is a Pediatric & Family Psychotherapist with continued education at Harvard Medical School in Child Psychotherapy, Mind Body Medicine, Addiction, School Mental Health.  Family therapy addresses the fundamental needs that strength the family unit when Child & Adolescent concerns arise.  Managing ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce and or  Health Issues – the family system can become strengthened along with the skills to find hope through specialized treatment and assessments.   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.


Arreas of Expertise

Social Thinking Skills  

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, 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.   Stigma diminishes, skills increase, family integration begins when supported.

  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Infertility ( Debra is the Director of The Mind Body Institute for over 10 years
  • ADHD, Autism, Neurodevelopment issues