Debra is a local Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been providing psychotherapy and case management services in SWFL for the last 15 years. Debra is a native Floridian and began her educational journey at Edison State Community College in 1997. After earning an AA degree she transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University in 1999 to study Social Work. Debra graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Human Services. At this time, Debra provided Counseling and Education for Adolescents’ in the foster care system primarily related to achieving independence as well as successful life skills. Debra continued her education at Florida Gulf Coast University where she earned a Master’s of Social Work degree in 2006.
Debra has been working with chronically ill, terminally ill clients of various ages and their families for the last 15 years. Debra has engaged with various populations while addressing the needs of clients including the home environment, long term care for the elderly and disabled, special needs children and children diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Debra’s emphasis and commitment lies with the adjustment of clients to major life changes while providing innovative interventions designed to manage anxiety, grief, depression, and coping with these life adjustments. Debra’s background and education allows her to connect with an individual and their family as a whole. She uses an eclectic, person centered, strength perspective approach to alleviating distress. Debra believes in the strength of client choices, champions her client’s to focus on matters within their control while encouraging growth, directing their desired outcomes and discovering their own path. She often uses humor and unconditional positive regard to build a supportive, trusting relationship with clients.
Debra’s hobbies include exercising, outdoor activities, traveling and spending time with family, as well as, friends. Debra will obtain her certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (Completion expected November 24, 2020).
Debra has also earned her qualifications to supervise Master’s level SW graduates who are seeking LCSW licensure. Debra is currently accepting applications for interns seeking licensure.