Do you find yourself feeling anxious or depressed too much of the time? Are you unhappy with the direction your life has taken? Figuring out how to make changes in your life can be challenging, and sometimes we need the support and guidance of another person to make these changes happen. I offer a compassionate ear, an active presence, and many years of experience to help you get back on track so you can start creating the life you really want.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with.. over 30 years of experience. My commitment to you is to provide a safe, supportive environment for you to explore the issues that bring you to this work. Together we can unravel old patterns and choices you have made that no longer serve you and replace them with new choices and behaviors that more fully express who you really are.
In my practice I offer talk psychotherapy and, for those who are interested, I also specialize in body-focused psychotherapy (exploring the body/mind connection.) Please click the above link to my visit website to get more information about my practice.
My office is located in Decatur, convenient to most of metro Atlanta. Please feel free to contact me with questions or to schedule an appointment.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor using talk and body psychotherapy in my practice. I am certified in The Rubenfeld Synergy Method, a style of psychotherapy integrating body, mind and spirit, and in The Integrative Process Method, an energy based style of psychotherapy that integrates body, mind and spirit. I trained in Somatic Experiencing which releases trauma from the body and in Voice Dialogue, a study of the Psychology of the Inner Selves. For more information go to www.debelkin.com.
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Deb has a wonderful balance of listening and providing objective, professional and encouraging advice. I felt comfortable and at ease in the very first session and was able to discuss issues... regarding relationships and internal personal issues. Highly recommend her for any occasion and sound advice.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
Convinced I had one issue, reconciling my motherís suicide, and as soon as it was resolved my life would be perfect; I quickly came to the realization thatís not how it works. Deb has been remarkable... in helping me cope with the guilt, sadness, emptiness, etc. that can follow this type of event. Through this journey, many things have happened both uplifting and difficult, yet she has always given me tangible strategies for managing my emotional and physical state. She is and will be passionately connected to your recovery, and I am grateful to have her. You will be too!VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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Deb has a wonderful balance of listening and providing objective, professional and encouraging advice. I felt comfortable and at ease in the very first session and was able to discuss issues regarding relationships and internal personal issues. Highly recommend her for any occasion and sound advice.
Convinced I had one issue, reconciling my motherís suicide, and as soon as it was resolved my life would be perfect; I quickly came to the realization thatís not how it works. Deb has been remarkable in helping me cope with the guilt, sadness, emptiness, etc. that can follow this type of event. Through this journey, many things have happened both uplifting and difficult, yet she has always given me tangible strategies for managing my emotional and physical state. She is and will be passionately connected to your recovery, and I am grateful to have her. You will be too!
I found Deb around this time last year when I felt like the ground was giving way under my feet. I have substantial family-of-origin issues to deal with which I knew had crippled my self-esteem and were affecting my personal relationships and work. I thought I had dealt with them because externally life seemed to be on track, but internally, I felt like the calm before the storm. I wasn't happy and I needed help. It is not easy for me to trust someone with my fears, flaws and insecurities but Deb is easy to open up to - she is nonjudgmental and gives her opinions clearly and compassionately. Things got worse (work related issues came to a head) before they got better, but with Deb's steadying influence, I was able to think through my reactions to some challenging situations. She helped me understand myself better. She is extremely empathetic and can also gently and kindly nudge me towards facing my fears. She has helped me grow and heal, and while I have a long way to go, I feel like I've at least begun that journey. I am so incredibly grateful for her warmth and guidance through this process.
When I first met Deb, I was quite literally a prisoner of my anxiety. She came highly recommended by a medical professional and friend whose opinion I trusted. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. Deb's insight, thoughtfulness, creativity, and attentiveness have helped me make progress I never thought possible in so short a time. I continue to struggle but feel so much stronger to handle those moments that used to throw me into a tailspin--thanks to Deb's guidance, support, and encouragement. I highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking out a warm, wise, and caring therapist. Working with her has truly changed my life.
My entire life has been spent full of anxiety, worry, fear, negativity, and a severe lack of self confidence. After reaching a very low point, I sought help and was so lucky to find Deb. She has helped me, in a relatively short time, find the source of my issues and start finding my way out into a less anxious and happier self. She is truly a life changer! If you need someone to listen, someone to care, someone to help, contact Deb!
As a psychologist, I knew I would be a potentially tough client! But after a friend highly recommended Deb after I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I decided to give it a shot. I was not only having a hard time getting better after the meds seemed to hit a plateau, I had a hard time accepting the life changes that I had to deal with. I have been seeing Deb weekly for the past 5 months, and I've made progress in both areas. Further, she's helped me connect how the years of crises without dealing with them emotionally truly affected my physical well-being. Her advice and insight has been invaluable. I highly recommend Deb!
I walked into Deb's office full of grief, anxiety, and fear-- all of which had been my constant companions for what seemed like my whole life. At this time, I was a wreck. My marriage was ending and I needed support. I have seen many therapists over the years, and each one helped me in some way--- but Deb changed my life. The story is long, but suffice it to say that today I am happy and free. My marriage is the best it's ever been. Most important, I have finally discovered the source of my fear and anxiety, and with Deb's care, I have been able to understand, face, and banish those demons. At 54, I am the happiest I have ever been, and so grateful that my life has been returned to me thanks to this amazing therapist.
She is warm, caring, genuine,....and she gets to the heart of the issue. I've been so helped by her compassionate understanding and support. Also, Deb's ability to work with psychological trauma in the body is very effective and allows for deep healing. I highly recommend her!
I've been seeing Deb for about a year. She put me at ease from the first time I met her. I've seen other therapists but I've never felt as comfortable as I do with her. She has a way of truly understanding what I need to talk about before even I do. I feel like I have made so much positive progress in the short year I have spent talking with Deb. She is a warm, compassionate woman and I can tell that she cares deeply about my well being. If you are in need of an objective listener who provides authentic advice on how to live your best life I highly recommend Deb's services!
I have worked with many therapists over the years, but no one has been as helpful to me as Deb. She has just the right mix of qualities that seem to make the therapy process most productive: she is extremely nurturing and sensitive while at the same time holding focus on my "growing edge". She challenges me in a way that is easy to hear and offers insight into the road blocks that are in my way. I am grateful for her guidance and partnership over nearly two years of work and I feel like real growth has happened as a result. I cannot recommend Deb highly enough!
I am a counselor who has had years of my own experiences as a client as well. Deb was my therapist for a couple years and the experieince was deep and really helped me to grow. Her combination of talk therapy and body work is a more complete way to look inside and to make changes. She was always an easy referral for me to make.
I have been seeing Deb for many years and I also hold an LPC. She is beyond amazing in regard to her compassion, insight, and focus on the issues. I moved across town several years ago and I drive 40 minutes to see her each way. I would not have it any other way because the travel is absolutely worth it! I know that I can absolutely trust Deb and that I will walk away feeling heard and understood and that I will have deeeper insight and healing when I leave. From the bottom of my heart, I highly reccomend Deb to anyone who is looking to heal and move forward positively in their journey thorugh life. Deb will be there for you every step of the way!
I have been seeing Deb for about two months. I have made significant progress already on an issue that has plagued me for my entire life. I really did not expect results so soon, if at all. Her warm and genuine personality have created an environment where I felt I could be completely honest about some areas I did not feel comfortable discussing. She is discerning and insightful. She has guided me to understanding and healing. I definitely would recommend her unconditionally.
Deb's insight into our basic human experience, her care for healing, and her experience with the depths of emotional pain have been extradinarily healing. There is a clear sense that her agenda has to do with my unique needs and values, not in subtly steering me towards hers. She has a way of speaking to the deeper voices of the psyche that have provided badly needed alternatives to those voices of old for me. Highly recommend her.
I have been working with Deb for nearly a year and look forward to our sessions every other week. One of the greatest things about Deb is her ability to help me connect the dots of my life in a way I never could on my own. She has helped me ome up with many practical solutions to issues in my everyday life.