About Debra Schnack

About Debra Schnack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had the pleasure of working as a Marriage & Family Therapist since 2004—both as an intern and a licensed therapist. I earned my Masters in Counseling Psychology at The University of San Francisco and my Bachelors in Journalism at The University of Texas in Austin. After earning my Masters in Counseling, I performed my internships at the Roseville Police Department in Roseville, CA, and the White House Counseling Center in Carmichael, CA. After my internships were completed, I became licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist and worked in California (2009-2018) and currently in Oregon (2016-present).

It is my belief that therapy can result in a number of benefits, a few which include: (1) a better understanding of your personal goals and values, (2) improved interpersonal relationships, and (3) a helpful resolution to the problem(s) that led you to initially seek therapy. With sensitivity, compassion, and humor, it is my hope that we can work together to discover your strengths and find the solutions you’ve been seeking.

I continue to take classes, workshops, and seminars that focus on individual psychotherapy, family counseling, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology in order to stay abreast in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Education is very important to me in order to provide the best possible service to my clients.

Approach

I take a holistic approach to therapy, concerned with the overall long-term well-being of the individual and their family. I work with clients on partner relational issues, family of origin conflict, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and other issues in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. I practice EMDR, Brainspotting, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), each depending upon the issues we are addressing.

The population I work with includes individuals who have been affected by abuse and trauma in their life, such as on-going emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. I also work with individuals who have experienced a one-time trauma, such as a car accident, rape, shooting, or other disturbing event. Frequently I use EMDR and/or Brainspotting when helping clients heal from their particular trauma. These approaches can often help them heal more quickly and provide lasting relief. You can learn more about these therapeutic modalities under “Services” in this website.

Associations

  • AAMFT (American Association of Marriage & Family Therapist’s)
  • OAMFT (Oregon Association of Marriage & Family Therapists)
  • ORCA (Oregon Counseling Association)
  • EMDRIA (EMDR International Association)

 

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