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Debby Newman

Debby Newman


11 years of experience
16200 Ventura B...

I am originally from South Africa and have an innate ability to connect with people from different cultures. I am committed to providing a safe and trusting environment, which is the core foundation of my work with clients. ​I work with adults and teenagers who are dealing with depression anxiety, grief, hopelessness and other mental illnesses. I help clients experiencing panic attacks/anxiety using the application of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). ​As a cancer survivor, I understand all aspects of being a patient. I am passionate about helping clients cope with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. In addition to working at Grow Therapy, I run a private practice in Encino. I have also worked as the Clinical Director at A Home Within, an organization that connects foster children with therapists in private practice. Their motto: "One child, one therapist, for as long as it takes." My work at Safe Harbor, an Intensive Outpatient and Dual Diagnosis Facility was where I saw families and individuals and guided weekly teenage groups for self-harm. I completed my traineeship at Hillview Mental Health, an outpatient facility for clients representing a full spectrum of mental illnesses. I ran groups and worked with clients individually. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and a Masters in Psychology from Phillips Graduate University.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

Since the most important part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship, I begin by focusing on creating a safe environment where trust can grow. The first session will help determine whether we are a good fit for working together, and if we both agree we will schedule subsequent sessions. The focus of our work will be mainly determined by you. My role will be to guide you, assist you with the exploration of your thoughts and feelings, and provide support, education, and tools to help you better understand yourself and your personal experiences. Our work together will result in awareness, acceptance, forgiveness, and healing that will allow you to achieve the therapeutic goals and personal growth you are seeking.

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

My approach to therapy is eclectic and collaborative, utilizing multiple modalities and theories to assist individuals in the process of healing and self-discovery. I believe that gaining an understanding of underlying issues in a safe and supportive environment is the most effective way to achieve awareness and create change. My goal is to create a positive and collaborative relationship that will support you in your journey toward achieving your goals.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

One of my biggest strengths is my ability to connect with clients and create a safe and trusting environment.

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16200 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 403,Encino, CA, USA


Virtual & in-person