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Debbie Maley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in the Buffalo, New York area. She provides therapy to adults affected by anxiety, depression, and trauma. She has a special passion for working with transracial adoptees and millennial aged caregivers in navigating challenges unique to these identities.
Debbie brings an approach to therapy that is gentle, non-judgemental, and pragmatic. She supports clients through building insight while also sharing practical skills for managing difficult situations and feelings. She helps clients who are worried and self critical to shift towards a framework of curiosity and compassion for themselves.
Debbie draws from multiple types of therapy with special interests in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). As a trauma-informed therapist, she is sensitive to how the past lives in the present for many people. From the start of therapy, she strives to foster an environment where clients can feel safe, seen, and heard.
Debbie earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University at Buffalo. She brings over a decade of experience in both residential and outpatient mental health settings. She also brings her lived in experiences as a caregiver of many years to a loved one with dementia and as a transracial and transnational adoptee.
Adoption & foster care - Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Caregiver stress & support - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Years of Experience: 13 years
University at Buffalo, Master of Social Work, 2011
New York: 089073