Therapist Profile

Name:
Debra J. Manchester, MSW
Professional Title:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
Family Therapy Institute 23 West Mission Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8460
Phone:
(805) 569-2272
Website:
www.ftisb.org
License Number
LCSW9847
Practicing Since:
1979
Additional Licenses:
LCSW

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I have been practicing as a psychotherapist for the past 25 years. I co-founded and am currently executive director of The Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara. I have taught classes in family therapy and couples therapy at both Antioch University and Pacifica Graduate Institute for 20 years. I have been married for over 20 years and have two grown sons. My therapeutic style is holistic, playful and direct.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9-5 Friday 9-2
Services
Families Couples Individuals
Insurance
Call Office for Insurance Accepted, Sliding Scale, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
B.A., Psychology, Stanford University, 1974 M.S.W., University of California at Berkeley, 1979

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
ADHD-Attn Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Adolescents
Anxiety
Children
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Couples
Divorce/Dissolution
Eating Disorders
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Parenting
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Religious/Spiritual Orientation
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Step/Blended Families
Stress
Supervision
Terminally Ill
Trauma
Victims of Crime
Women's Issues
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Behavioral
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Cognitive
Communications
Family Systems
Narrative
Systems
Transpersonal Psychology
Certifications
AFTA (American Family Therapy Academy)
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity

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