Deborah J HarrellLMSW

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If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

I would like for each individual to know that a therapy sessions can be fun and that you might look forward to them as you further develop your inner strength and resilience. I am humbled when clients share life experiences with me. Sessions are conducted confidentially via a HIPAA supported video platform and relevant documentation will be completed in a HIPAA supported electronic health record following each session.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

Through therapy, clients can learn how to identify and incorporate changes in their thought processes and behaviors. Such changes can make a positive difference in how they feel about themselves. In addition, there are assessment tools that therapists utilize to help support whether a client seems to be benefiting from therapy.

What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?

Individuals may be hesitant in seeking treatment due proximity to the closest mental health facility, fear of being seen as they drive into the parking lot of a therapist’s office, and/or needing to maintain :distancing: due to the pandemic. Tele-mental health sessions provide the means of reaching some who might, otherwise, never have sought therapy in the traditional brick and mortar setting.



Life transitions

Men's health

Physical wellness

Women's issues

General Expertise



Relationship Issues



Academic challenges

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Aging related concerns

In-Network Insurance

All Savers Insurance

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Oscar Health

Oxford Health Plans


UnitedHealthCare (UHC)



First Session


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Strength Based Therapy


Cognitive Processing Therapy

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Training / Certifications

Rewire the Anxious Brain: Applied Neuroscience for Treating Anxiety, Panic and Worry; 10 May 2021

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: Distance Therapy Training; 03 Aug 2020

Course For Human Trafficking - Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Class; 09 May 2021

2-Day: Intensive Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop: EMDR, CBT, and Somatic-Based Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving: 29 April 2021-30 April 2021


MI, LMSW, 6801075893


Master of Social Work, Social Work, University of Georgia

Work History

Research indicates that the relationship between therapist and client is one of the strongest predictors of successful treatment. I retired in 2018 with almost 30 years as a civilian social worker for the United Stated Army, and had several years in geriatric work prior to this. I work to help each client realize his/her inherent value and to find joy in everyday experiences. The client is the greatest asset in each therapeutic relationship. I serve, only, as a guide to help each person to unlock the greatness that is in each and everyone of us. If you could utilize more positive self-talk for getting through the day, enhance your communication with loved ones, improve upon your stress and anger management skills, receive a better night’s sleep, or just need coaching while in pursuit of your goals, then I would like to be of assistance. You may be experiencing negative thoughts that have weighed you down for the last several months or decades. Once an individual allows him/herself permission, then I have learned from both professional and personal experiences, that it is never too late to start feeling better. Let me hear from you,


Remote Therapy - serving the greater Michigan area, MI