Deborah Brewer

LCSW Child and Adolescent Therapist

Deborah Brewer

LCSW Child and Adolescent Therapist

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Creative Arts Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


1220 University Drive
Suite 101
Menlo Park, California 94025

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My Approach to Helping

I believe therapy can help kids and teens through many challenges. Children are not miniature adults and can't always express what is bothering them. Play Therapy helps your child resolve their problems by using their own natural language. The amazing thing about Play Therapy is that it works for everyone: kids, teens, adults, couples, and families alike. Together, we will use art, writing, music, and other forms of self-expression to work through whatever issues arise.

Play allows us to connect to something deep and primal inside us. It gives us a way to explore our feelings and emotions. It also allows us to experiment with different ways to react to the things that bother us … or frighten us … or infuriate us. That's where Play Therapy comes in.

And don't worry - if play isn't for you, I also specialize in more traditional approaches to therapy.

My other specialization is helping people cope with Type 1 Diabetes. If you or a loved one has this chronic illness, you know what an emotional toll it can take on you. My son has it, which has made me passionate about helping those with Type 1 Diabetes thrive. —— Reach out today and request a free Q&A Call. Whatever you need, I'm here to help.

More Info About My Practice

We all want to see our children thrive in this world. As a therapist, I provide your child with support as well as tools for a better life.

Adolescents, in particular, are in need of a non-judgmental, open-minded, respectful adult to help them problem solve. They also need guidance. I can help your child or teen to develop a variety of important skills that will aid them now and in the future.

These skills include:
Anger management including addressing anger’s underlying emotions
Coping skills for dealing with life’s challenges
How to understand, then regulate, their feelings and behavior
Improve self-expression and channel negative feelings in positive ways
Organizational tools
Problem-solving abilities
Self-soothing in order to calm down, feel better, and self-regulate
Setting realistic goals, working to achieve them, and conquering fears that interfere with goal attainment
Social skills including making friends, negotiating with peers, and showing relational empathy

Services I Provide

  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Type 1 Diabetes
    Young Adults

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • School issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
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