Debra ThatcherLCSW

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Headshot of Debra Thatcher Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

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.

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

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!

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

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)


General Expertise

Work Stress

Relationship Issues


Social Anxiety


Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Anger management

Attachment issues


First Session$120
Individual Therapy$120

Types of Therapy

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Existential Therapy

Family Systems Therapy


  • New York, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 081915R


MSW, Social Work, Marywood University

BA, Interpersonal Communication, SUNY Geneseo

Work History

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!


Remote, Elmira, 14901, NY