Deborah Weiner, MSW, LICSW
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. In 2008, I completed a certificate program in clinical theory and practice with Family Services (now Wellspring). I am also an Infant Family Specialist, endorsed by the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health. I provide therapy to pregnant women/couples, families with children ages 0-5, and individual adults. I specialize in working with parents of very young children, 0-3 years, who experience struggles in their journey. I have worked for many years with foster, adoptive, and relative caregivers. Many people I work with find parenting more challenging than expected due to histories of neglect, abuse, or other adverse childhood experiences. Others face challenges when their children have special needs. I enjoy working cross-culturally with people of color and immigrant and refugee families who may experience challenges of raising children in a country and culture very different from their homeland. I’m able to work with a wide range of mental wellness concerns, from stress and adjustment disorders, to child behavior problems, to anxiety, depression, trauma, and complicated grief/loss.
From early in life, I’ve been curious about people and how they overcome the challenges life presents. It intrigues me to know how where one is born shapes so much of one’s experience. As a child I thought how “lucky” I was to have been born in Seattle and how unfair it was for a child to be born in a poor and war-torn country. During my middle and high school years, I met refugees from Vietnam in the community. From others, I soon learned about deep love and strong family ties, and I discovered the richness of a cultural life beyond my own experience. My social work degree featured a concentration in multi-ethnic practice. Supporting the strengths, self-determination, and dignity of individuals I work with is a guiding principle. Understanding the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation/identity, and other factors is foundational to my work.
What to Expect
The key to effective therapy is establishing and maintaining a healthy, trusting, therapeutic relationship. I first focus on hearing your story and gaining a deep understanding of who you are and what your goals are. As I get to know your unique strengths and challenges, we will collaboratively work in a variety of ways to meet your goals. I am able to call upon a variety of therapeutic modalities (cognitive-behavioral, narrative, motivational interviewing, self-compassion, mindfulness, and attachment therapies) depending what best suits your needs.