Last edited 02/28/2022
Debra Thatcher LCSW
General Office Hours
In Eastern Time
This is a great question! As we get to know one another, we will create your goals together. While some people who seek therapy already know what they hope to accomplish, others are completely unsure. Again, there is no right or wrong way to approach therapy. During intake, I will ask you directly what you want and hope for out of therapy. How will you know you are feeling better? What would be different? It is through your input, we create goals.
That your mental health is just as important as your physical health. I would ask why you are hesitant. Past experiences? Fear of the unknown? Stigma? Not sure what the therapist will be like? I find that clients often experience a great sense of relief during the intake, when they realize that, as your therapist, I have your best intentions at the forefront. Do not talk yourself out of something that could bring you increased happiness!
Unlike other relationships in our lives, the therapeutic relationship is objective. Even though our friends and family may do the best they can to help us, they may already have opinions or biases regarding how you should live your life. A key component then, is realizing that you will not disappoint me or be judged. I am here to help you be the best version of yourself, according to you. I am here to help you along the way!
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Young Adults (18-24)
Family Systems Therapy
Strength Based Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- New York, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 081915R
MSW, Social Work, Marywood University
BA, Interpersonal Communication, SUNY Geneseo
My first experience with therapy, was as the client. After surviving a traumatic event, I sought help from a therapist. Therapy proved so helpful, it was then, that my passion grew. While most of my experience has been in private practice providing individual therapy, I have worked in a county mental health clinic, an inpatient psychiatric setting and a residential group home. At the core of distress, we may find some form of unresolved shame, guilt, trauma, abuse or loss. I am here to provide "a safe place" to process those hurts, while helping you increase self-awareness and gain skills to lead a more fulfilling life. My approach is based on your needs, as there is no "one size fits all" in psychotherapy. Everyone is different, and our work together will be based upon you and how I can help. I look forward to speaking with you soon!
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Debra Thatcher, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Debra Thatcher accepting new clients?
Yes, Debra Thatcher is accepting new clients.
Does Debra Thatcher accept insurance?
No, Debra Thatcher does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Debra Thatcher offer?
Debra Thatcher offers therapy for individuals.
Does Debra Thatcher offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in New York can book Debra Thatcher for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Debra Thatcher offer online therapy?
Yes, Debra Thatcher offers online therapy to people in New York.
How quickly can I see Debra Thatcher?
Debra Thatcher typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Debra Thatcher speak?
Debra Thatcher conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Debra Thatcher online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Debra Thatcher online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.