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Star of Bethlehem

Debra Schmitz

Master of Science in Education - Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor (SC #5715)

Nationally Certified Counselor (#63505)

             As a counselor, I see my job as having two main components:                                          

#1 Being a good listener.  That means listening without criticism or judgment and seeking to understand the world from your point of view.  I strive to be authentic, empathetic, and an ally in this process of change, a trusted companion for the journey.  My foundation as a counselor is Person-Centered Therapy - Learn more about this approach by clicking

#2 Giving you the skills you need to get your life and/or your relationships where you want  it to be.  Being a good listener is important, but there has to be more that that. I also use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which looks at the connection between thoughts-feelings-behaviors, and together figure out how to control the things you can. Whether a person is 4, 44 or 84 there are things he or she can do to change, grow and flourish. Learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

My over 20 years of clinical experience includes working with:

  • Survivors of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Members of the US Military - Active Duty, Retirees and Reserve and their families

  • Adults with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, relationship and work issues, grief/loss and trauma

  • Children aged 3 and older, including success with tweens and teens

  • People who are Deaf and/or have developmental disabilities

  • Couples at different stages in their relationship 

  • Experiential activities - using play, art, and animals as part of the counseling process. Please see  my "Animal Partners" that I am happy to have with me at this practice.


Animal Partners

Developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation and socialization skills. 


Animals bring us comfort, comic relief (sometimes exactly when it is needed) and can help us feel and express things for which there are no words.

At Pegasus, animals are part of what we do.

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