Welcome to my website. I am Dr. Debbie Hutchinson, Psy.D., a psychotherapist who provides psychological services to adults, couples, families, and children. My doctorate degree is in Clinical Psychology and I hold a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
In working with clients, I take a Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to therapy which helps individuals understand how their thoughts lead to certain feelings which in turn lead to certain behaviors. It is an active approach that helps individuals to develop insight and take the necessary steps to create positive, lasting change. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy tends to be short-term with the goal of helping individuals get back on their feet and active in life again. There are at times situations that require longer term therapy and that would be accommodated.
My special interests include: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and working with couples. My approach has been described as warm and caring but tough. I believe in helping people achieve success in creating the life they want to live. I have helped many people overcome their emotional challenges. I also enjoy working with family members to teach them skills that foster healthy relationships. Helping individuals with personal development that will enable them to conquer obstacles and achieve their hopes and dreams is my passion.
In addition to doing therapy, I am an active professional speaker. My speaking experiences include: Universities and Colleges, conferences, professional organizations, and many other engagements.
Change requires insight, desire, and focused effort. It is not easy. While some degree of stress can be motivationg for change, a high degree of stress can prevent an individual from moving forward. It is critical to develop mental discipline and get the mind into a calm, relaxed state.
This is accomplished by use of guided imagery or other relaxation exercises. Small goals must be established first in order to accomplish larger goals. Use of the acronymn "RARE" can be helpful as a direction to follow so that you can become the "RARE" individual you were designed to be.
R=Relax-Clear your mind and get into a
A=Aware-Be aware of your environment,
others and yourself with specific focus
on anything that is good or positive.
R=Relate-Relate what you become aware
of to how you are feeling emotionally.
Example:If you notice a friend is trying
to be supportive of you, how can that
relate in a positive way to your
E=Equate-Equate these positive feelings
to success by making the changes in
your life that are needed.
Use the positive feelings to visualize every step that you take toward change and name each step a success.