Debra L Villar

Debra L Villar


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated February 23, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management

Message to clients

Hi my name is Debra Villar and I am a licensed mental health counselor in New York with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field and have found that connecting with people has been one of the most rewarding opportunities for me…

In thinking about my career, my areas of expertise focus on relationships, effective communication, building intimacy and creating meaningful connections. I work with many individuals that are struggling with life transitions and stressors that manifest in high levels of anxiety and depression.

Many of my patients are faced with barriers on how to nurture and maintain healthy relationships, this can include setting appropriate boundaries for self-care as well as engaging in effective communication that fosters a safe environment to be both assertive and also to be heard.

Every interaction with a patient is unique so my approach is meeting the patient where they are at by developing trust and building rapport…I think it’s equally important that a patient remains open to the process with an understanding that change requires effort & my goal is to support them through it all…

When I think about a practice philosophy I truly believe that all people deserve a safe place to share, to be heard and to find acceptance. With compassion as a foundation, healing is possible…..

I would be honored to share this journey with you.


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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


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


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (55min)


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 Closed
  • Tue 5pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 24 years

NovaSoutheastern University, Masters Mental Health Counseling, 2000


New York: 001443