Del Mar Family Therapy

Services Provided

Initial Evaluation- The initial 60 minute interview is an information gathering appointment which takes into consideration the client’s current difficulties, history and goals. In this way an appropriate treatment plan is developed.

Therapy - Therapy and Parent counseling sessions are typically 45 minutes for individuals and 60 + minutes for couples and families.

Adult Individual Psychotherapy

Each individual's psychotherapeutic journey is as unique as the individual. Debra uses a psychodynamic orientation to work with the individual's family of origin story and uses transformative techniques and practical solution focused therapy including cognitive behavioral strategies to help the individual move forward.

"I work collaboratively with my clients to ease depression and anxiety. We look at how your past experiences have informed and impact your present Life and find real and lasting solutions".

 

Children/Play Therapy

Parenting Education

Parent coaching assists parents with every day with dilemmas related to raising children including:
- Respectful communication in the home.
- How to handle young children’s fears and anxiety.
- Setting appropriate boundaries and limits developing behavior plans to implement at home.
- Anger management in children and parents.

"Children need to be emotionally met at their own level using a developmentally appropriate approach".

Psychotherapy helps children in a variety of ways. They receive emotional support, learn how to resolve conflicts with people, learn to understand their feelings and why they behave in certain ways.

In this way they find solutions to problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (changes in behavior, improved relations with friends or family, improved study habits and organizational skills), or more general (less anxiety, improved confidence and self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.

 

Play Therapy

Creative Solutions for kids! Geared toward young children, this technique uses a variety of activities such as artwork, play and puppets, story telling, board games and more in order to establish communication with the therapist and then resolve problems. Play allows the child to express and work through emotions and problems that may be too difficult to process elsewhere. Debra uses sand tray therapy in which children are able to create a story and work through their feelings using miniature figures in a tray of sand. Older children utilize the sand tray, story telling, drawing as well as talking with the therapist.

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play ~ Heraclitus

Children need to be emotionally met at THEIR level using a developmentally appropriate approach. Play is the way in which children communicate. They are not simply little adults. Their world is very different from ours and to reach them we need to "speak their language" ...the language of play.Recent studies find that PLAY THERAPY regulates emotions, reduces anxiety and depression, improves self esteem and fosters learning. Additionally, it promotes problem solving skills and creative thinking.

It is the essential Nature of man to play ~ Plato  

 

Pre- Marital, Marriage and Couples Counseling

Connection. Love. Warmth. Laughter

"I work with couples to enhance and heal the relationship through the development of conflict resolution skills, mutual respectful communication and physical and emotional intimacy".

Start to have fun again!

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing  ~ George Bernard Shaw


Counseling is also avaliable for:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Adolescents
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Management
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Career Stress and Changes
  • Children
  • Communication Skills
  • Couples/Relationships/Families
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Gay/Lesbian Issues
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Mediation
  • Parenting
  • Play Therapy
  • Pre-Marriage Counseling
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Step/Blended Families
  • Self Esteem/Personal Growth
  • Stress Management
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Women's Issues

 

Insurance:

I do not currently accept insurance for services rendered nor do I bill your insurance. Many insurance companies reimburse part or all of the fee. I will be happy to provide you with a statement for insurance purposes at the end of each month if requested.