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Deborah Phillips, MA, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist - LMFT52563

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I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Clemente, specializing in individual, couples, and family psychotherapy.

I have over ten years experience as a clinician, with my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Since 2013 I have worked in private practice. My extensive clinical training and experience helps me tailor our work together, helping to recognize and change old patterns so you can enjoy a happier, more satisfying life, making healthy choices for yourself and your family.


My areas of expertise include:

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  • past trauma resolution
  • couples counseling

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  • marriage counseling
  • communication issues    

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  • depression
  • anxiety

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   I am a practical, supportive therapist who focuses on solutions that work for you. My approach is to provide feedback to help you resolve current problems or recognize and change long-standing patterns in a positive atmosphere. I incorporate a blend of approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to utilize what will be most helpful and hopeful for you. With sensitivity and compassion, I work with you to help build on your strengths so you can identify and achieve your goals for a richer, more satisfying life.

Licensed in California since 2012 (LMFT52563)

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Education/Certification

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Pepperdine University (2009)
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, International Federation of Hypnotherapists (2011)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy externship with Dr. Sue Johnson (2014)
  • 100 Hour Hypnosis Training with Dr. Michael Yapko (2017)
  • Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDRIA (2018)

Professional Memberships

  • Life Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT),
  • Life Member ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy)
  • Member National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists
  • Member The National Institute for the Clinical

    Application of Behavioral Medicine

  • Member Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)