Debbie Vara, M.A.

**IMMEDIATE OPENINGS for Online Therapy** – M/T/Th  (daytime)-Direct scheduling info. below.

 

Debbie is a Licensed Resident in Counseling and graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Kansas State University.

Clinical Focus Areas and Counseling Approach

Debbie exclusively provides online counseling for individuals 16 and up, as well as couples. She works with clients seeking guidance for trauma, anxiety, depression, life transition, grief, boundaries, relationship issues, and college life. She uses an eclectic approach, combining Gestalt, CBT, Rational-Emotive, Person-Centered, DBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family Systems therapy approaches.

Professional Philosophy       

From Debbie’s point of view, “We all have a story and I provide a safe space and encouraging atmosphere to explore your story. I strongly believe the counseling relationship is built on client-counselor connection, trust, personal awareness, inspiration building, and, over time, transformational change.”

If this resonates with you and you feel ready to try out this process with Debbie, you can connect with her directly below to find out more and get started.

Professional Experience

Debbie’s prior professional experience is Government Contracting. After graduating with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health, she gained valuable experience working with private and group practices. She has real world experience with trauma, anxiety, and grief. In summer 2020, she became EMDR trained, providing trauma care and psychoeducation on how trauma affects the brain.

Fun Facts About Debbie

  • Debbie loves dogs and is a big fan of Boxers!
  • She also loves exercise, especially spin class and hiking.
  • Her favorite place in the world is the beach.
  • Her favorite color is medium blue.
  • Her favorite music performers are Steve Miller band and Mandissa.
  • The background you see in Debbie’s photo is from our office “The Shore” here at Free Spirit.

 

**SPECIAL NOTE on Insurance/Co-pays – As Licensed Resident in Counseling, Debbie is only able to take Medicaid insurance and she is currently in-network with 3 Medicaid plans: Anthem Healthkeepers+, Optima Family Care, and Optum/UH Comm. Plan.  She is still processing and out of network with all other Medicaid plans.  If you have other insurance, Debbie sees clients for a copay equivalent fee, and, if you do not have a copay or insurance, a negotiable sliding scale resident fee.

 

Contact Debbie directly to schedule a consultation or appointment at debbie@freespiritonline.org or 571-358-9006.