MEET DR. DEB
I have been working in the field of mental health for over 30 years. My first professional work experiences out of my undergraduate studies was at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. I held various positions, as Family Educator, Case Manager and Program Manager of a co-ed residential hospital unit for teens at CPC Streamwood Psychiatric Behavioral Hospiital.
I spent 8 years working very closely with traumatized children, teens and young adults in their residential therapeutic environments. During this time, I realized that I needed to develop my clinical skills as a way to truly help heal deep memories and traumas within these children.
From there, I pursued my Master's and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. During my clinical training, I held positions at Aunt Martha's Youth Home in Chicago, IL, Cicero West School in Cicero, IL, Shared Connections in Oakbrook, IL, Bradley Counseling Center and Allendale Association in Lake Villa, IL.
I went on to complete my post-doctoral training at Loyola Cardinal Bernadine Cancer Center in Maywood, IL managing and collecting for a Zoloft study. I organized and collected data given on depression inventories from clients receiving bone marrow transplants. At the completion of my doctoral studies, I went directly into private practice for the past 18 years.
While building a therapeutic relationship, I try to encourage each client to strive for balance among all aspects of their daily lives, while focusing to heal themselves from within from past emotional and physical traumas.
I believe the approaches I have developed and adopted in my practice, help clients to desensitize the level of intensity, both emotionally and physically so that they can break the re-experiencing of deep past inner child pain, which further keeps the addictive cycles present in their lives.
Using trauma and anxiety-focused therapies, (EMDR, HMR (Holographic Memory Resolution), and Reiki energy healing), the need to self soothe deep emotional pain through self-defeating and destructive ways is significantly decreased.
My goal in working with adults and teens in therapy is to work with an inner child healing approach to trauma. This style allows the client to guide the treatment at their own pace while reframing their holographic memories of upset and hurt.
In doing so, the opportunities for “re-experiencing” or “re-living” a traumatic event or painful memory is significantly reduced and most often avoided. Through the reframing and healing of buried memories often locked in the unconscious mind, clients can begin to release old negative thought patterns and energy from their mind, body, and spirit.