About Deborah


When I quit believing I can change; I have quit.

Me

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

 


Debbie takes a genuine interest in my growth. She has shared several different things
that she’s learned in her training that have helped me understand certain things about
myself and have encouraged me to dig deeper. She’s also been so accommodating
whenever I needed a visit.” E


I have always loved stories. Reading novels and biographies is a lifelong passion, and I remain
constantly amazed by the knowledge and insight that characters — real or created — have to
share. In fact, I love stories so much that I once was a feature writer for a newspaper and also
told company’s stories as a public relations professional. Later I learned, as a client in therapy, a
mother and friend, that what I really wanted to do with my life was to have the privilege of
hearing people’s stories in a therapeutic setting and be a part of their growth as they created new
possibilities and narratives of hope and healing.

While each person’s story is highly unique, I have learned through my work as a therapist and
through my life experiences that there are more or less common themes in all of our histories:
some that work well for us and some that don’t. Joy, success, and fulfillment have their own
underlying themes just as do the various life challenges that can lead one to pursue therapy.
Whether it be loss, worry, sadness, trauma, fear and stagnation caused by relationships that aren’t
working, work that’s not working, people we are missing, children that are not thriving and past
or present traumas among others I feel that finding the theme that is not supportive and replacing
it with one that will serve better is key to our living more productive and happy lives.


Deborah Feinsilver received her Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
She later pursued a masters degree in psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San
Antonio, Texas where she specialized in marriage and family therapy. Deborah trained and
worked at Houston Galveston Institute, a non-profit organization, known for its groundbreaking
work in collaborative language systems therapy. She was a part of several therapeutic research
programs one resulting in her co-authoring a chapter for Collaborative Therapy: Relationships
and Conversations that Make a Difference.” Currently Deborah practices as a Licensed
Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Recently trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Deborah
believes that this therapy modality is a vital means for discovering life themes that are not
working for us in order that we can replace them with new ones that promote growth and
strength. The only therapy protocol approved by the United States military for the treatment of
trauma, EMDR has been successful in the treatment for a wide range of therapeutic needs.


Specialty areas include:

  • EMDR Trained
  • Family & Couples Therapy
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Loss and Grieving
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Depression and Anxiety

 


“I have been a client of Debbie’s since November 2014. Over the past four and a half
years she has empowered me with many techniques to work through new sobriety, very
low self esteem and a dysfunctional marriage. Most recently, with her use of EMDR, I
am free of my past sexual and childhood trauma. I am most grateful for EMDR because
I no longer experience present time through past fear and shame.” S