Debra Younger

(BSN, MAPC, MAR, LMHC, LPC)
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About Me

Greetings,

I am pleased and excited that you have decided to consider me as a possible partner in your journey of discovery, growth, and healing and I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you.

My name is Debra Younger. I have the claim to fame (?) of being a 4th generation Californian, though I currently live in the Midwest, and I am blessed to be able to partner with my animal-assisted therapy dog Shiloh in my face to face clinical practice.

I have been a professional therapist for 7 years, and a Life Coach and Pastoral Counselor for 10 years. Prior to this, I was an RN for over 33 years, specializing in Home Health Care and Hospice, as well as Maternal Child Health. As a result, I am able to bring a wide breadth of learning and experience to my work. I am also a veteran and have a heart for working with our returning servicemen and women as they struggle to re-integrate back into civilian life from a combat or military environment.

On a personal note, my many life experiences, such as being a single parent for 23 years, allow me to truly understand and emphasize with many of the adverse life events my clients have experienced. I have also been in my own personal therapy for 10 years, so I understand what it takes to admit that you’re human, that you can’t always handle what life throws at you, and be courageous enough to seek help.

In my work with individuals or couples looking for relationship help, I take a holistic approach, in that I believe my clients are more than the problems that they are experiencing and bringing to therapy. It is a holistic approach that sees them as a whole person consisting of mind, body, and spirit intimately intertwined and inseparable. A problem in any one area always affects the others and none of the areas can afford to be ignored and not any one specific therapy holds all the answers.

My preferred modality for relationship counseling is Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. This is a therapeutic approach that does not pathologize people, but rather takes a positive attitude toward the client’s issues and sees them as normal reactions to adverse life events, which events can create negative beliefs. These negative beliefs can then interfere with an individual’s ability to form healthy, adult relationships. Learning how to shift these negative beliefs to positive adaptive beliefs can enhance the ability to build healthy relationships.

One of my goals in working with clients and IFS is to help them develop the skills to utilize the system independent of a therapist most of the time. This empowers individuals to promote their own healing as well as to maintain the healing they have gained. It also allows them to be more empathic and understanding in any relationship they might have.

I am very excited about what IFS can offer you and your partner, and would welcome the opportunity to introduce you to this powerful therapy and how it can help transform your lives.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #001665 (Expires: 2022-09-30)

LPC #2018043925 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


Reviews

Written by K.E. on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Thank you for putting the energy in taking action to make a positive difference. Your description of good therapy and counseling is right on target with my views.