Deborah Christensen, PhD, MSCP, Psychologist in Draper, Utah, 84020

Deborah Christensen, PhD, MSCP

Deborah Christensen, PhD, MSCP
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Deborah Christensen, PhD, MSCP

Professions: Psychologist, Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 115803-2501
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 14075
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Office 1
248 East 13800 South
Suite 4
Draper, Utah 84020
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We know that it takes great courage to seek help for your problems. Medication may seem to be the easiest solution, however, research continually indicates that the best treatment outcomes result from a combination of psychotherapy and medication. We seek to provide quality psychotherapy in a safe, warm, and comfortable setting. Our trained therapists will also work with your physician to help provide optimal medications to assist in your healing/recovery process.

Our staff of psychologists and psychotherapist are trained to treat the wide spectrum of patients - from children, through adolescent and adult, to the elderly.

We also treat a wide variety of mental health problems including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship problems, personality disorders, trauma resulting from sexual abuse, rape, childhood emotional or physical abuse, bipolar, and dissociative disorders.

Email or Call Deborah Christensen, PhD, MSCP at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14075

More Info About My Practice

Accepted Insurance Plans:
BlueCross and/or BlueShield
Educator's Mutual
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
IHC/Select Health
Magellan Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health Systems
Educator's Health Choice
First Health
MHN/Managed Health Network
Out of Network

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I have been honored to be allowed into the lives of my patients for over 25 years. There is nothing more complex, intricate, or fascinating than a human being. I love the process of psychotherapy and have been fortunate to experience life as a psychologist. Witnessing change and growth in my patients has proven to be one of the most rewarding parts of my own life. Those who chose psychotherapy are the most courageous people I know.
We are largely formed through our relationships; those with our families of origin, those with our partners, and those with our children. I appreciate the importance of relationships and enjoy teaching skills, communication, trust, and forgiveness to couples and families.
I work largely from a developmental perspective; I am acutely aware of process and growth. I believe that as we develop emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and in our relationships, we experience a deeper satisfaction and joy in living.
I love what I do.

My Therapy Focus

After more than twenty-five years practicing psychotherapy, I have come to realize that therapeutic outcome is largely hinged on five factors.
The first factor (necessary, but not sufficient) is the relationship between the therapist and the patient. Good rapport, collaboration, and trust are necessary before the patient will completely share his or her struggles with the therapist. Strong confrontation is often called for in therapy and this is most helpful when the patient has developed a degree of trust in the “good intent” of the therapist. Without a strong therapeutic alliance, very little change comes from therapy.
The second factor is the hope or level of expectancy of the patient. The therapist can do much to increase this or to instill it when absent. The professionalism and expertise of the therapist (and an appropriate communication of those qualities) is a determining factor in the level of hope/expectance with which the patient imbues the treatment. Prior treatment experiences impact the expectance of the patient. It is often important to address issues that have arisen in previous therapy.
The third factor is the therapy structure, model, or technique. It is important to have a wealth of training and a plethora of techniques. However, these are most effective when the above two factors are in place. The appropriate treatment is most often based on the “theories of change” the patient brings to therapy. Finding these and responding to them

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger Management
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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