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The Art and Practice of Therapy

Change can only occur if a trusting and honest relationship is established. It is in this setting that my clients learn about themselves, develop new skills, learn effective strategies to cope, and then consider the changes needed to build a stronger connection with self and others.

My interest in Eastern thought, along with the practice of yoga, strongly influences my work. Both are an asset to my focus on being present with clients, looking at the here and now, and using the therapeutic relationship to foster growth.





Contact Information

tel. 215.801.9297
email. debra@debrasrosenberg.com
office. Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania 18977



In my private psychotherapy
practice, I work with you to reach
your goals, including:


Communicating thoughts and feelings clearly

Developing skills to manage stress

Resolving substance abuse issues

Coping with anxiety or depression

Recovering from recent or past trauma

Healing from domestic or sexual abuse

Coping with issues of aging

Understanding family concerns

Working through grief and loss

Building self-esteem

Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples

My practice framework is integrative and flexible, depending on what brings clients to therapy, the needs of each individual, and their specific goals. I borrow from several models of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, Gestalt, humanistic, dialectical behavioral and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Following my client's lead, I create a safe and supportive space, maintain a balance between careful listening and interaction, and remain mindful that the relationship between therapist and client is essential in establishing a trusting bond.

In my work with couples, an EFT model is applied. This model is based on Attachment Theory, which provides an understanding of how to help clients build stronger and more supportive relational bonds.

Individual sessions – 50 minutes
Couples sessions – 60 to 75 minutes

tel. 215.801.9297
email. debra@debrasrosenberg.com
office. Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania 189777

When I first went into sessions with Debra Rosenberg, I was a broken and depressed individual with low self esteem. Through her patience and encouragement, this has all reversed itself. Debra has always been there for me and has always gone out of her way to help. Today, I have been reversed from being that depressed person and have high self esteem. I have the highest respect for Debra Rosenberg and my hat goes off to her and her hard work. – D.B.

 




Approach

Individuals and couples who seek help often experience problems which are emotional, interpersonal, behavioral, physical and spiritual. Feelings of anxiety and depression, overwhelming stress, dissatisfaction and disappointment can interfere with daily life at home and at work. It is not uncommon for people to develop unhealthy habits and patterns to ward off negative feelings and thoughts. If ignored and left unattended, these problems can cause more pain and unhappiness for both the individual and for those who care about them.

When you become a client, I provide a careful and thorough evaluation, identifying areas that keep you feeling stuck and unfulfilled. Then together, we develop goals toward which your therapy/treatment is directed. Such goals may include: increasing awareness, identifying feelings and needs that have remained hidden from your awareness, recognizing repeated patterns of behavior, and understanding the impact that your difficulties have had on your daily life and those around you.

Change can only occur if a trusting and honest relationship is established. It is in this setting that my clients learn about themselves, develop new skills, learn effective strategies to cope, and then consider the changes needed to build stronger connection with self and others.


tel. 215.801.9297
email. debra@debrasrosenberg.com
office. Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania 18977

My partner and I began couples therapy with Deb about two months ago. We have been together for almost eight years, but definitely had some issues to work through if we were to make it a lifetime commitment that we both desired.

Deb is such a positive influence because she really takes the time to understand our backgrounds which can affect how we each approach a situation/issue. We both have been extremely comfortable talking with Deb. She takes a very fair and equal approach to her therapy, ensuring that we hear each other. Deb is extremely attentive to our "banter" in a way that makes us stop and realize what is happening at the moment. She has a subtle approach, but there have been many "Ah-ha" moments for both of us, which makes us appreciate that much more, Deb's approach. She enables us to see each other through our partner's eyes This approach has been extremely helpful to bridge our difficult times, without frustration or anger.

In a short period of time, Deb has gotten to the core of the issues we need to focus on and continues to aid us in an approach which is productive and positive for both of us." – K.B. and C.N.

Credentials



Debra S. Rosenberg
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Board Certified Diplomate
PA Lic# CW002540L
NJ Lic# 44SC05328300
FL Lic# SW6184


For approximately 30 years, Debra's clinical work has focused on individual, couples and group therapy. She has a private practice in Washington Crossing, PA. Various practice settings have included in-patient psychiatric hospitals, out-patient mental health clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, and private group practices. She has a particular interest in providing bereavement counseling for those who have lost a loved pet.

A licensed clinical social worker for almost 30 years, Debra S. Rosenberg's career began as a medical social worker. For many years, she held a faculty position at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. Every morning, she attended medical rounds with attending physicians, medical students and residents, informally teaching them about the psychosocial aspects of disease; in other words, what role did the patients' family, social environment, and cultural life play in each patient's illness and recovery process? Her holistic approach to understanding each person added a broader perspective to the medical model of care. She provided the support and space for patients and families to adjust to the trauma of learning about their disease and its ramifications on their life style. Debra also developed a social work position in the Emergency Department within the University Medical Center.   

Her work in the Emergency Room led to further interest within the mental health field. Some of her more notable accomplishments include:

  • Development and application of a program for victims of domestic and sexual violence, which included workshops for members of the Chicago Police Department;
  • Development and implementation of a psychoeducation program for families of patients suffering from depression;
  • And, as a member of geriatric assessment team, development of a program to identify high risk seniors.

Debra's interest in Eastern thought, along with her practice of yoga and meditation, has been influential in her work with clients. Both are an asset to her focus on being present with her clients, looking at the here and now, and using the therapeutic relationship to foster growth. Debra's interest in conflict resolution has brought her to Graterford Correctional Institution as a volunteer with the Alternatives to Violence Project.

Education:
Columbia University School of Social Work, M.S.W.
     Scholarship awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
University of Pittsburgh, B.A.S.W.
     Magna cum laude

Post graduate work:
Family Therapy Institute of Philadelphia
Temple University School of Social Administration
     (Human Services in Business and Industry)
Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist
Ongoing continuing education programs

Professional Affiliations:

ICCEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy)
Clinical Social Work Association
New Jersey Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work

Board Member, Philadelphia Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy

tel. 215.801.9297
email. debra@debrasrosenberg.com
office. Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania 18977

New Clients


You may wish to download these documents and fill them out before your first visit:

Client Registration Form
Client History Form
Information and Consent



tel. 215.801.9297
email. debra@debrasrosenberg.com
office. Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania 18977

 



Resources

Recommended books:
Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain: Becoming Conscious in an Unconscious World, by Elio J. Frattaroli, M.D.
Hold me Tight: Seven Conversations For a Lifetime of Love, by Sue Johnson
Getting the Love You Want, by Harville Hendrix
Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time
by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships, by Patrick Carnes
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment. by Babette Rothchild
The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Surviving Sexual Abuse. by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
The Noonday Demon, by Andrew Solomon
The Art of Happiness, by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hahn

Recommended websites:
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alanon
Alateen
Narcotics Anonymous

Recommended professional colleagues:
Elio J. Frattaroli, M.D., www.eliofrattaroli.com

Jewel Slesnick, Psy.D.
Individual and couples therapy, sports performance, EMDR, Brainspotting
Practice location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL; phone 267-626-4400.

Bill Coffey, LCSW
Couples therapy (EFT); substance abuse treatment including sexual addiction, male sexual dysfunction.
Practice locations: Center City Philadelphia, 215-575-9140 ext. 6, and Voorhees, NJ.

Richard Prus-Wisniewski, MD.
Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy.
Practice location: New Hope, PA; phone 215-862-1192.



tel. 215.801.9297
email. debra@debrasrosenberg.com
office. Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania 18977

Contact

Learn more about my private psychotherapy practice and how we can work together.

Debra S. Rosenberg, LCSW, BCD
Psychotherapist

Washington Crossing, PA 18977
215.801.9297

email. debra@debrasrosenberg.com


 

 

 

 

 


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