Deborah Buckwalter


Deborah Buckwalter


Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: PSY - 17676
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


275 E California Blvd
Suite A
Pasadena, California 91106

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My Approach to Helping

I have tremendous respect for individuals and their ability to develop insight, learn, and grow. In my approach to helping people, therapy is a joint commitment to identify personal strengths and challenges, change what hasn't been working, and learn how to adapt to life's difficulties. I consider it my responsibility and privilege to come alongside and empower people in that process by establishing trust, providing accurate feedback, and reinforcing approximations to their goals.

More Info About My Practice

My fee schedule is available upon request.

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

As humans, we are frequently challenged with the need to adjust-- to unforeseen changes and transitions, to loss, to injury and illness, or to the pressures of everyday life. Sometimes adjustment is needed in conjunction with an event or process of our own choosing (divorce, elective surgery, spiritual quest). As a psychologist, it is my responsibility and privilege to come alongside individuals and couples who are struggling with specific challenges, and help them to cope, problem-solve, and adjust in such a way that life can be lived as fully and genuinely as possible.

Treatment begins with a thorough assessment of your specific needs and ways you (or others) may be impacted by your difficulties or circumstances. Treatment proceeds as a joint commitment to actively address the issues, taking into account the whole person you are- physical, mental/cognitive, social/interpersonal, and spiritual/philosophical.

I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation and in addressing trauma, injury, and illness. I am knowledgeable about brain functioning in specific processes, such as brain injury, stroke, MS, dementia, or Parkinson's. I also provide psychological assessment with regard to surgical readiness, personality, and desire for increased personal insight.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

One of the most exciting current theories of human development and functioning that strongly influences my work is Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). IPNB uses clinical evidence of brain growth (neuroplasticity) throughout the lifespan. It is the brain's capacity to change that is at the foundation of healing and change that occurs within the context of healthy interpersonal relationships, including the therapeutic relationship.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Individuals adjusting to changes in life; Relationship conflict; Grief and loss; Traumatic brain injury; Individuals with injury/illness; Caregivers

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Psychodynamic
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