Deborah Brewer, LCSW – Clinical Director

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Deborah Brewer San Jose Therapist
Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy

Ages: Adults (18+ years)
Teens (14-17 years)
Pre-Teens (12-13 years)
Children (6-11 years)

Type of Therapy: Individual, Family, Children Counseling, Teen Counseling
Experience: 13+ years

Deborah Brewer, LCSW – Clinical Director

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Palo Alto Therapy’s Clinical Director and works with children, teens and young adults to feel more in control of their lives. Deborah is a certified SPACE therapy provider, and has strong clinical skills to help with anxiety, OCD, family conflict, depression, ADHD and self-esteem issues.

Deborah received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University (summa cum laude) and has continually pursued training to provide her clients with the highest level of care. Her training includes certification as a SPACE provider from Yale University Child Study Center, Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & TEAM therapy training by David Burns, M.D., trauma-focused CBT, child centered and prescriptive play therapy, Beck Institute CBT training in anxiety and depression. Deborah is licensed in California and New York and is available for in-person and video therapy appointments in Palo Alto.

Deborah grew up in Sydney, Australia savoring life on Bondi Beach until she met a tall American and fell in love. On the weekends she enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband.


  • Academic Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Health Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Misophonia
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting and Discipline
  • Phobias
  • School Refusal
  • Self-Harm (Superficial)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Tinnitus

Intensive Study/Specialization:

  • Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Failure to Launch
  • OCD in Children and Youth
  • Play Therapy
  • SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions)
  • Selective Mutism

Clinical social workers provide mental health services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in individuals, families, and groups. Their goal is to enhance and maintain their patients’ physical, psychological, and social function.

Educational requirements

Clinical social workers must have a master’s or doctorate degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical experience. They must undergo a supervised clinical field internship and have at least 2 years of postgraduate supervised clinical social work employment. Before full licensure, LCSWs are called “Associates”. Clinical social workers are approved providers in most insurance and managed care plans, and practice in the following settings:

  • Private practice
  • Medical facilities (e.g., hospitals)
  • Mental health clinics