Debra Resendes, MS, Doctoral Student, MFT Intern
Clients I work with: Couples, children and families, adult individuals
Issues I work with: Emotional intimacy, attachment, couple/family transitions, strengthening couple/family resilience, emotional dysregulation, military life, developmental disorders, parenting, child behavioral issues, life transitions, sibling relationships, chronic illness, grief and loss, self-criticism.
My experience as a clinician has helped me appreciate the importance of connection and love as cornerstones of our personhood. Our experiences of connection shape the way we feel about ourselves, others, and the world at large in powerful and profound ways.
The fast pace of life and its many responsibilities and challenges can often make it hard to weave connection and emotional presence into the fabric of everyday family life. My work is focused on healing couple and family disconnection and helping loved ones better manage their challenges by becoming a place they can turn towards, rather than away from. Connection is the best defense we have against stress, loss or hurt.
Together, I work with couples, families and individuals to build deeper connections with each other, integrate communication skills that foster love and respect, establish purposeful and meaningful goals for their relationship, and become stronger and more resilient in the adversities that they face.
I use a holistic approach to address the unique needs of each individual. I value helping clients identify the strengths and resources they have within and between them. I am also skilled at helping clients to better understand their interactions and unresolved issues or unmet needs that might be underpinning them.
Many of the issues we face in the relationship we have with ourselves or others can be easily understood and addressed when viewing them through the lens of connection and emotional intimacy. I am experienced in using cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, attachment therapies, and family systems.
I received my Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech and was heavily involved in supporting families of children with developmental disorders.
After my receiving my Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology, I carried my passion for working with families into my work with Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) family resiliency program. In this position, I worked directly with military couples and families who were experiencing a wide-variety of stressors aggravated by the demanding pace of military life. Additionally, my work focused on helping families of service members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) learn how to manage stress and trauma reminders.
Currently, I am doctoral student at Eastern University and am working towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.