Therapist Profile

Debbie Tessmer-Wagner, M.A.
Professional Title:
3633 Camino Del Rio South Suite 102 San Diego, CA 92108-4012
(619) 507-2936
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Looking into therapy is a positive first step. I believe therapy can offer healing and hope for individuals, couples, and families who desire nurturing and fulfilling relationships as well as the ability to manage and overcome mental health challenges. As a licensed psychotherapist, my passion is to help you navigate through life's difficulties and to empower you to regain health and balance in your life. Seeking professional help takes courage, and people of all life stages will find a safe and supportive environment where such issues can be addressed. I specialize in helping individual, couples, and families gain skills and tools to manage and overcome mental health challenges as well as improve relational health. I also have advanced training in EMDR, and certifications in the areas of trauma and trauma recovery, sexual assault, domestic violence, and LGBTQ issues. Professional Experience: Family Consultation Services - Currently counsel couples, families, individuals, and adolescents with mild, moderate and severe Axis 1 and Axis II diagnoses and co-occurring disorders. Center for Enriching Relationships - Counseled couples, families, individuals and adolescents with mild, moderate and severe Axis I and Axis II diagnoses and co-occurring disorders. Family Focus Christian Counseling (Practicum) - Counseled families, individuals and children with mild, moderate and severe Axis I and II diagnoses and co-occurring disorders. Halcyon Crisis Center (Practicum) – Counseled severely mentally ill individuals in an in-patient crisis house. Clients had an array of psychological challenges and co-occurring disorders resulting from substance abuse and trauma. San Diego Christian College (Practicum) - Counseled college students with an array of psychological, emotional, and educational challenges.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10a-8p Sat: 8a-6p
Crisis/Trauma Relationship Issues Personal Growth Addictions Adjustment Disorder Anxiety Disorders/Phobias Bipolar Disorder Co-dependency Cognitive Disorders Depression Dually Diagnosed Individuals Eating Disorders Gay/Lesbian Issues Impulse Control Disorders Infidelity Personality Disorders PTSD Schizophrenia Stress Management Substance Abuse Victims of Crime
Most PPO's and Indemnity, Out-of-Network coverage, Private Pay, PPO, Sliding Scale, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, 2010 Master of Arts in English Literature, 2006 Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 1997

Area of Specialty

Attachment Therapy
Avoidant Personality
Childhood Trauma
Critical Incident Stress Management
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Combat/Military Related Trauma
Communication Skills
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Rape Victims
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Victims of Crime
Working With Therapists


Theoretical Orientation
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Family Systems
Object Relations
Affirmative Therapy for LGBT EMDR (pending licensure) EMDR R-TEP (pending licensure) EMDR FSAP (pending licensure) Certified in Affirmative Therapy for LGBT Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Certified Crisis Intervention for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)


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