Deborah Haug is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, RI who specializes in working with girls and women across the lifespan—whether it is a teenager struggling to fit in with peers, a young woman in college who feels pressured by parents to get all A's, or a woman who has a pattern of getting involved in abusive relationships. She has experience helping girls and women overcome social anxiety, handling school or workplace harassment and bullying, and navigating the complex and often unhealthy parent-child relationship.
Deborah has an eclectic approach that is grounded in psycho-dynamic and cognitive-behavioral theories of therapy. She explores how past experiences inform how individuals view themselves and others. She then helps them identify their negative core beliefs and thought patterns and develop healthier ones. Deborah has a solid expertise in the unique challenges that girls and women face and supports them in developing a strong sense of self.
Deborah ultimately wants her clients to grow and to develop the confidence to make the changes that will improve their lives. She looks forward to meeting you.
Empowering girls and women (16 to 75) - Supports girls and women in developing a sense of empowerment
Social and interpersonal issues - Recognizing "red flags" in potential and current relationships, overcoming shyness and self-consciousness, and developing effective communication skills
Academic issues - Addressing perfectionism, avoidance, and procrastination
Workplace issues - Speaking assertively, developing confidence in one's capabilities, and handling bullying, harassment, and difficult co-workers
Phobias - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as going to the dentist, entering a crowded room, or speaking in front of classmates
Communication - Developing effective interpersonal communication; learning how to ask for what you need or want
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, and false assumptions; intense discomfort in social settings; irrational fears
Existential challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; facing our fear of change and the unknown; and acceptance of what is and is not in our control
Life transitions - Coping with significant life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, "empty nest" issues, and changes in career goals
Relationships - Understanding one's values, priorities, and needs; exploring unhealthy patterns and choices; recognizing our unrealistic expectations of others
Self-confidence and self-esteem - Learning how to be assertive and stand up for ourselves, challenging negative beliefs and false assumptions, and re-writing our life "script"
Stress - Learning to handle feeling overwhelmed at work and in school, cultivating self-compassion, and learning specific strategies to combat the physical and mental effects of stress
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 13 years
Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of RI, 2010 - Present
Plaza Psychology & Psychiatry, Inc., Psychotherapist, 2013 - Present
Gateway Healthcare/Lifespan, Emergency Services After-Hours Senior Clinician, 2011 - 2021
Gateway Professional Group, Psychotherapist, 2011 - 2013
Gateway Healthcare, Clinical Specialist, 2006 - 2013
CAGS in Mental Health Counseling, 2010
Rhode Island College, MA, 2008
Wellesley College, BA, 1987
Rhode Island: MHC00457
"I had a great conversation with Deb and felt confident sharing her information for a referral."- Referring professional • June 2020