Dr. Deborah Berghuis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, Colorado, working with individuals, couples, and adults of all ages. Many of Deb’s clients come in to address anxiety, depression, life transitions, and spiritual/existential concerns. Deb is particularly passionate about serving members of the LGBTQ+ community, clinicians, and clergy. She also has advanced training in compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and spiritual despair.
Deb is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and PREPARE/ENRICH premarital counseling. Her client-centered approach is informed by attachment theory, Jungian psychology, and family systems wisdom.
Deb attends to people where they are, quickly setting them at ease and gradually helping them feel safe enough to risk self-exploration. She believes each person has unique strengths and unique hurts that, when fully explored, will bring to light new ways of thinking, feeling, and acting in the world. Deb sees herself as coming alongside clients to help them travel underneath surface issues and get at the deeper root causes.
When trauma and/or anxiety are significant concerns, Deb offers practices that enhance the body’s own natural relaxation response such as breathing meditation exercises, grounding tools, and behavioral relaxation therapy. These approaches support clients to feel more relaxed, centered, and focused in the present moment.
Deb's style is warm, thoughtful, and non-judgmental. When clients first start therapy, Deb seeks to establish a strong relationship and comfortable environment where they feel safe, seen, heard, validated, and understood.
Deb received her MA in Clinical Counseling, and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University. She worked at Lenape Valley Foundation as a crisis worker in Acute Psychiatric Services and as an outpatient therapist in community mental health. Outside of private practice, Deb enjoys hiking in the Flatiron Mountains near Boulder, and exploring the higher peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Clinician Self-Care - Clinicians are at great risk for burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. We are containers for our clients’ pain which inevitably imprints on us in profound ways. Consultation with an experienced therapist can buffer against debilitating threats to well-being.
Clergy Wellness - Spiritual leaders can be lonely people. As the first point of contact for those they serve, they often nourish others and rarely receive nourishment themselves. Consultation with an empathic listener can help to sustain spiritual and psychological wholeness.
Divorce & separation - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Deborah Berghuis is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 12 years
Dr. Deb Berghuis, PhD, LPC, LPCC Private Practice, Oklahoma, Ohio, Colorado, Owner, Professional Counselor, 2017 - Present
Eastern University, St. Davids, PA, Program Director, Adjunct Faculty, Administrative Coordinator Doctoral Programs in Marriage & Family Therapy , 2009 - 2016
Counseling Center at Heritage, Montgomeryville, PA, Counselor, 2012 - 2016
Lenape Valley Foundation, Doylestown, PA, Crisis Worker, Acute Psychiatric Services, Outpatient Therapist, 2008 - 2010
Eastern University, PhD Marriage & Family Therapy, 2016
Eastern University, Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling, 2009