Debbie Maley, Therapist in Williamsville, New York — Zencare
Debbie  Maley
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Debbie Maley

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Accepting Online
Williamsville Accepting In-person
Updated September 23, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adoption & foster care
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver stress & support
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

The idea of starting therapy can stir up many emotions for us. Maybe we're a little scared of getting vulnerable. Maybe we're struggling to accept that we need help and feel like we've failed. And maybe a little bit of us sparks with hope that something better can happen in our lives; that change is possible. Many people enter therapy feeling disconnected and low on hope, but together we can work to change that. I love helping clients to restore hope and connection with their most authentic selves.

Healing takes work and willingness. I can't promise that the path will always be easy or pleasant-feeling, but the rewards of therapy come when we let ourselves be in the process and take steps, no matter how big or small, towards feeling better. There's no need to go this journey alone. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing how I can be of help!


Specialties

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Independent Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $125 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 3PM-9PM
  • Tue 10AM-5PM
  • Wed 9AM-5PM
  • Thu 9AM-5PM
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Williamsville practice
8201 Main Street, Suite 11, Williamsville, New York 14221
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 3PM-9PM
  • Tue 10AM-5PM
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years


University at Buffalo, Master of Social Work, 2011


Licensure

New York: 089073


Languages

English