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Deborah Vara(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Anxiety -Life coaching-Perfectionism-Phobias & fears-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-Panic attacks / panic disorder-

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Professional statement

Deborah Vara is a Licensed Professional Counselor based in Warrenton, VA who works with individuals across the lifespan, with a focus on young adult and adult women. Many of her clients have found great success in their careers or academically, but struggle with trauma, anxiety, or relationships and find it difficult to live a full life. Deborah is particularly sensitive to clients facing moments of anxiety and trauma, like job loss, loss of a relationship, abuse, life transition, illness, performance, adjustment to college, perfection.

Deborah's approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based approach that focuses on helping clients understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, so that they can begin to make targeted change. Deborah is EMDR trained and utilizes trauma-focused interventions. She works to help clients understand their trauma responses to external stressors and internal stressors to begin to problem-solve ways to introduce moments of clarity, calm, and education to assist in the process of their healing journey.

Deborah is focused on ensuring that her clients see progress within 2-3 months: her style is interactive, non-judgmental, challenging, and positions clients as the experts on where they are now, and where they want to go. A trauma-informed and anxiety therapist, Deborah is sensitive to the influence of past experiences on present challenges, and works closely with clients to reframe the narrative of their life in a way that increases self-confidence and compassion.

Deborah's first priority in starting with a new client is ensuring that they feel safe and heard in the therapeutic process. As a seasoned telehealth provider, she offers the convenience of remote sessions and local in-person sessions to help make therapy a core component of your self-care calendar.

Message to clients

It's helpful to process emotions and thoughts with someone who doesn't have a stake in the matter. Someone who is non judgmental and collaborative to help you reach your specific goals. I'm excited to hear from you! If you would like to set up an appointment please call or send a message, and I will reach out to you within 48 hours. Thank you.

Debbie Vara, MA, LPC

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Free Spirit Counseling, LPC/Resident in Counseling

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, Certificate, 2023
EMDR Intensive Training, Certificate, 2020
Walden University (online), MA/Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016
Kansas State University , BS/Psychology, 1997


Virginia: 0701011988 - Florida: TPMC4493




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Phobias & fears - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as heights or crowded spaces

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Panic attacks / panic disorder - Brief, intense periods of overwhelming fear or anxiety


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna (in-network in VA)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (in-network in VA)
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (in-network in VA)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in VA)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (60min)
  • Initial session:$160 (60min)
  • Couples sessions:$170 (50min)
  • EMDR Sessions$180 (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
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

EMDR Sessions are private pay only. All clients will receive a superbill monthly for sessions rendered.

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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