Deb Hirschhorn


Deb Hirschhorn


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMHC - 004678
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Free Initial Consultation


770 Empire Ave
Far Rockaway, New York 11691

My Approach to Helping

Although many of my clients have been abusive, I do not judge or label; I understand that had I been placed in a similar context, I would not necessarily have fared better. In addition to systemic family therapy, I work holistically, drawing on internal resources and external support, and I work spiritually, connecting clients with the bigger picture to make meaning out of their lives and the relationship with their families.

More Info About My Practice

I am very excited about my new course for marriages teetering on the brink. My motto is: "If You Want It, We'll Make It Happen!" Please visit my website.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Emotional abuse, however subtle it is needs to have a spotlight shine on it so that it can be identified clearly to both the giver and receiver. I make the assumption that abusers did not intend to hurt their partner; they simply did not know any other way to express pain or get their needs met. I will show them alternatives and help them feel empathy, too. I will help the hurt partner to heal. I will share with you all the tools you can handle, behavioral, attitudinal, and spiritual. I take advantage of the latest information in the world of neuroscience to show you why old fashioned methods like breathing, relaxation, and yoga are powerful adjuncts to standard therapy practices. One goal is to empower both members of a couple and all the members of a family so that they know how to get their own needs met while respecting those of everyone else. But the most important goal is for each person to find happiness within that family.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Each person has massive potential. It is the therapist's job to help the individual realize that potential. But the therapist is a person, too. The therapist is not just a blank slate, at least, not when I'm that therapist! The therapist has ideas, experience, tools, and a way of looking at the world that might be of interest and value to clients. When the therapist shares this in a respectful way, not only does the client gain new insight and information, but if it's done right, it opens up the client's own creativity in handling problems. In this way, the client is empowered to tackling old problems in new and constructive ways, so, in a sense, the therapist is also a coach, helping a client grow. The difference between coaching and therapy? The therapist is equipped to help clients over the emotional obstacles that prevent them from realizing that massive potential that they have.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples and children suffering emotional, psychological and/or verbal abuse histories

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Constructivisim
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Self-Relations Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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