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Deborah Hecker

Psychologist, PhD
Washington DCFlorida
Individual psychodynamic counseling-Couples counseling-Mental health disorders (phobias, anxiety, depression, mood disorders)-Relationship counseling-Entrepreneur counseling-Divorce counseling-

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Professional statement

Dr. Deborah Hecker is a Psychologist who offers remote sessions to clients in Washington, DC. She specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and relationship issues, including divorce and separation. Her practice is open to individual adults, as well as couples.

Dr. Hecker takes an approach that combines her expertise in psychoanalysis with more action-oriented solutions that are helpful and applicable in her clients’ everyday lives. She emphasizes the importance of clients understanding any deep-rooted insecurities and unique behavioral patterns in order to intentionally alter their own destructive patterns. She is an adamant believer in the power of self-change to work through relationship issues, both with romantic partners and other interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Hecker is engaged and highly active in the treatment process, often providing real-time insight and psycho-education so that clients can gain perspective on their inner and outer conflicts. She looks forward to working with you.

Message to clients

Hi I'm Dr. Deb Hecker and I am delighted to meet you.  I have been in private practice for over 35 years in several major US cities.  I work with individuals and couples.  When prescribed properly, I am a big believer in psychotropic medications.  If you were to ask my clients how they would describe me, they would likely use words like "bold," "benevolent," and "loyal." I am an active collaborator in the treatment process and very direct with my clients.  It is very important to me that people understand their own development and conflicts. I answer all questions.  My clients would also say I am very kind, compassionate and a great listener.  Once I make a commitment to a client, I am easily accessible.

Work and Education

Private Practice, Washington DC & Miami & NYC

The Couples Institute, Couples training, 2015
The Grief Recovery Institute, Grief training, 2014
Mediation training, Mediation training, 2014
The Union Institute, PhD, 2012
The National Psychological Association For Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic training, 2010
Columbia University, MA, 1968


Florida: TPMC22 - Washington DC: PRC140




Individual psychodynamic counseling - This is also known as insight-oriented therapy and focuses on developing clients’ self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior

Couples counseling - Relationships that endure and deepen are formed by couples who practice basic interpersonal skills, such as clear communication, conflict resolution, anger management, good listening and have an understanding of their attachment behavior to their partner

Mental health disorders (phobias, anxiety, depression, mood disorders) - Conditions that affect one’s emotions, thought patterns and behavior (or a combination of these)

Relationship counseling - This is a type of counseling that helps couples of all types, friends, business partners, etc. to recognize and resolve conflicts in an effort to improve their relationships and interactions

Entrepreneur counseling - Helping people who are in a relationship where one or both are entrepreneurs how to successfully commit to both their business and significant other. Dr. Hecker is the author of "Torn Between Two Loves: How Entrepreneurs Can Successfully Commit To Both Business and Significant Others"

Divorce counseling - Helping people who are contemplating separation and divorce, transitioning through the legal process and those who are having difficulty adjusting to their new status. Dr. Hecker is the author of "Who Am I Without My Partner? Post-Divorce Healing and Rediscovering Your SELF"


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Locations & Hours

I am open for online therapy in both Florida and DC. No in person appointment. Thank you.


Deborah Hecker is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $250
  • Initial session:$250 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

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:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed
Therapist's note

During COVID-19, Deborah is offering free initial consultations via online video to prospective clients.

Client testimonials

"Dr. Hecker was kind, informative, professional, encouraging, and asked good questions."
- Zencare client November 2020


Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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