Debra Flics


Debra Flics


Professions: Counselor, Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
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Convenient Chelsea Location
New York City, New York 10011

My Approach to Helping

Therapy is a process that helps us grow. Experiences such as trauma in childhood, loss, or a relationship breaking up, can lead us to feel stuck in ways of being that don't allow us to reach our full potential. I work with people by helping them to see and transform the patterns of emotion, belief, and relating with others that have come from these difficult experiences and are holding them back.

For example, many people walk around with a sense that they are unworthy. This belief can cause a lot of emotional pain. My approach is to discover the experiences that have led them to feel this way, and to connect to these experiences emotionally. By doing this, we come to see that the person is not unworthy, but instead has had a variety of experiences and received a variety of messages that have caused them to feel this way. When a person can really see and feel this deeply, they are free to develop their true self-worth and live in a way that is less constricted and bound by fears from the past.

This is just one example of the many messages that we carry around and that lead us to feel like less than we truly are. I will help you to become aware of the messages that you carry that are hindering you. At the same time, we will work together to help you discover and develop your true self, the part of you that is whole, healthy, and can live with more vitality.

My way of working with people is to be open to feedback, and I will alter my approach based on what you need. I see myself as a helper and a guide and will check in with you to make sure that our work together is helping you.

In addition to talk therapy, when it is appropriate we may use EMDR, a highly effective trauma treatment, dream work, and mindfulness meditation. I taught for many years at New York Insight Meditation Center and am skilled at integrating mindfulness meditation with psychotherapy. I also served for a time on the Board of Directors at the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy and and can help you to connect to your own authentic spirituality if that is of interest to you. What is most important is that we will work together to use the tools that will most aid your healing and growth.

More Info About My Practice

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

I am skilled at helping with enhancing self-esteem, processing past wounds and traumatic experiences so that they don't hold you back, enhancing creativity, and improving relationships. I like to help people live in a way that is connected to their strengths, gifts, and talents.

My Therapy Focus

I focus on helping you to transform difficult life experiences and patterns, freeing up room for your True Self to grow so that you can live your life more authentically, with more creativity, and satisfaction.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Internet Addiction
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Hypnosis
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integral Psychotherapy (IP)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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