Deborah Coblentz, LMFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Depression, Anxiety, & Panic
  • Relationships/Communication concerns
  • Parenting
  • Ages: Children 4+, Teens, Adults, Family

Certifications

  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Mindfulness and/or Mindfulness Based CBT
  • Play Therapy

Experience 23+ Years

Deborah Coblentz is a licensed marriage and family therapist dedicated to providing compassionate, evidenced-based psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents, couples and families. With a Bachelor of Art Degree, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in Physical Education and Coaching, where she served as a Division 1 Scholarship Student-Athlete and a Master of Art Degree, from John F. Kennedy University, in Clinical Psychology, she prides herself in assisting others to reach optimal levels of performance, with confidence.

Deborah utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, to provide goal directed, structured psychotherapy sessions, designed to provide quick symptom relief from anxiety, depression and compulsive behaviors. With over thirty years of collective experience as a teacher, coach, psychotherapist, competitor and healthcare provider, she is able to readily assess habitual patterns of thinking to be explored, modified and enhanced, allowing clients to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Deborah provides a warm and supportive therapeutic environment, whereby clients are able to blossom, as they develop their newfound skill.

In her free time, Deborah most enjoys spending time with her family, friends and three black Labradors. Additionally, Deborah keeps her own passion alive, with her continued commitment, to competitive dance. As a result, her dedication to this sport, has provided endless opportunities to train, compete, perform and travel internationally. Deborah utilizes the art form of dance, as an instrument of communication and universal language, to fuel her interest in cross-cultural competency. She believes that if you gain and understanding of the music that represents a particular culture, the closer you remain, to the heart of its people.

What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.