About me

My name is Deborah Beard and I find great joy in helping couples learn how to make healthy connections. I was trained to work with couples alongside my husband; we graduated together with our Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1996. I use research based tools from Dr. Gottman and Dr. Amen, along with Rational Emotive Therapy and an emphasis on the couple’s faith and moral foundation.

My introductory sessions help couples to focus on their strengths, and my first assignments will gently introduce them to my methods of building connections. As we become more familiar, we will focus on how to both recognize and break cycles of unhealthy conflict and how to replace these cycles with healthy habits. Emotion Focused Therapy and trauma history may be explored to enhance each couples’ ability to calm tension and confront their difficult communication history together. Active listening, recognition of triggers, and "flooding" will be addressed as needed in my couple's skill-building courses as well.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 25

Services offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


IL LCPC 180.006969


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Deborah Beard. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with ReGain might be different.

Written on Feb 14, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Deborah has been such a great support for me. She is patient, wise, caring, and a good listener. She is great at helping me find solutions to my problems. She helps me by outlining the steps I need to take to move towards those solutions and especially how I can take better care of myself. I highly recommend her to anyone who would like to have a therapist that feels like a good friend.

Written on Jan 16, 2023 after therapy with Deborah for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

She is insightful , and amazing ! She listens and helps you.

Written on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Deborah for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Really enjoying my time with Deb. She’s helping me work through so many different things in my life. She’s a sweet soul and I’m so happy she came into my life.

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