Deb is a Licensed Professional Counsel0r with a special focus in Pastoral Therapy and Spiritual Direction. Beginning as a volunteer with the American Red Cross on military installations where her husband Scott was assigned, she assisted soldier and families in times of crisis and grief. Through this work Deb discovered her calling and passion. She completed her masters in counseling in 2007, where she interned for two years at the Family Life Chaplain Training Program. Following graduation, she worked for a year with the University of Denver and the Chief of Chaplains Office managing the Army Marriage Project on Fort Benning.
In 2009 she was accepted into the Pastoral Institute’s Pastoral Counselor Residency Program, where upon graduation she became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Deb continued her work at the Pastoral Institute sitting with clients and working with local clergy and congregations managing the Covenant Congregation Program. In 2014 Deb became certified as a Pastoral Therapist through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and is currently a member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Educators (ACPE).
She has been married to Scott for 37 years and has accompanied him throughout his 26 years in the US Army. Being a military spouse allows for her unique perspective and depth to counseling. Deb is a companion with her clients, assisting them in untangling the relational and attachment discord and trauma that so often result in psychological and spiritual wounds. These often show up when life becomes overwhelming and unmanageable. Deb’s approach is one of interpersonal dialogue and mindfulness, where processing the emotional distress and reactivity can be met with a healthy awareness and positive coping skills.
Areas of focus for Deb include trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and loss and grief. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, better known as EMDR. She spent two years being guided in the Art of Holy Listening to become a Spiritual Director through the Alabama West Florida (ALWF) Conference of the United Methodist Church. As a Spiritual Director she attends to God’s presence and calling in life through prayer, deep reflection, and listening.
Deb is an independent practitioner with ADAPT Counseling.
- Truman State, B.S. Psychology
- Columbus State University, M.S. Community Counseling
- $95 Initial, $75 subsequent sessions
- Sliding scale fee is available based upon need