Debra Killackey

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Availability

In Eastern Time

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

Debra believes that the greatest barrier today for individuals seeking care is time and multiple commitments which contributes to self neglect and increased stress, decreased self care amount individuals and their family unit.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

Debra is a local Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been providing psychotherapy and case management services in SWFL for the last 15 years. Debra is a native Floridian and began her educational journey at Edison State Community College in 1997. After earning an AA degree she transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University in 1999 to study Social Work. Debra graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Human Services. At this time, Debra provided Counseling and Education for Adolescents’ in the foster care system primarily related to achieving independence as well as successful life skills. Debra continued her education at Florida Gulf Coast University where she earned a Master’s of Social Work degree in 2006. Debra has been working with chronically ill, terminally ill clients of various ages and their families for the last 15 years. Debra has engaged with various populations while addressing the needs of clients including the home environment, long term care for the elderly and disabled, special needs children and children diagnosed with a terminal illness.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

Debra’s emphasis and commitment lies with the adjustment of clients to major life changes while providing innovative interventions designed to manage anxiety, grief, depression, and coping with these life adjustments. Debra’s background and education allows her to connect with an individual and their family as a whole. She uses an eclectic, person centered, strength perspective approach to alleviating distress. Debra believes in the strength of client choices, champions her client’s to focus on matters within their control while encouraging growth, directing their desired outcomes and discovering their own path. She often uses humor and unconditional positive regard to build a supportive, trusting relationship with clients.

Specialties

General Expertise

Fees

$85

First Session

$100

Couples Therapy

$85

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Strength Based Therapy

Coaching

Family Systems Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Narrative Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

The Gottman Method

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Training / Certifications

ACHP-SW, TFCBT

Licensure

FL, LCSW, SW9555

Education

MSW, Social Work, Florida Gulf Coast University

Work History

Debra is a local Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been providing psychotherapy and case management services in SWFL for the last 15 years. Debra graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Human Services. At this time, Debra provided Counseling and Education for Adolescents’ in the foster care system primarily related to achieving independence as well as successful life skills. Debra continued her education at Florida Gulf Coast University where she earned a Master’s of Social Work degree in 2006. During this time Debra completed clinical hours with persons incarcerated in the local county jail and providing mental health counseling. Debra has been working with chronically ill, terminally ill clients of various ages and their families for the last 15 years. Debra has engaged with various populations while addressing the needs of clients including the home environment, long term care for the elderly and disabled, special needs children and children diagnosed with a terminal illness. Currently, Debra is focusing on individual and couples counseling in her local community.