HOLISTIC OTR/L, RM, RYT
It is an honor to work with clients. I am grateful for the beauty that can be created from two people working together towards the same goal, whether it be relaxation, decreased pain, stress management, emotional/physical/spiritual healing, or learning to connect more to one's inner self.
I am a Licensed Occupational Therapist, Certified in Holistic Health and Usui & Holy Fire® Reiki, with 20 years of experience with trauma sensitive populations and people with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, such as: chronic pain, arthritis, head injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, anxiety, schizophrenia. My work experiences span hospitals, clinics, home care, running a hospice volunteer program, and designing and directing a program for people with mental illnesses, including developing and leading groups in meditation, coping skills, cognitive behavioral techniques, and expressive arts. I am also certified in teaching yoga, meditation and guided imagery, yoga, and Melchizedeck Healing, a high vibrational, quantum healing method.
I bring compassionate care to a session, integrating traditional and holistic healing approaches to not just put a bandaid on a problem, but get to the root of the problem and help a person reclaim his or her life. I believe in the power of the body as a tool for healing and often interweave gentle bodywork of Craniosaral therapy and energy healing with Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness, Guided Imagery, Cognitive Behavioral and Stress and Pain Management Techniques, and Therapeutic Exercise and Yoga.
My Personal Medical Trauma Led Me
to Holistic Healing
I became interested in a holistic approach to healing after a spinal cord injury and three spinal surgeries and complications in which I was bedridden for two years, spent 5 years learning to walk again, and was left with chronic pain. As an adjunct to medical care, I learned to use pain as a tool for self-discovery and empowerment. From meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journaling. energy work and body work, I began physically healing as well as understanding and transforming how I coped with pain. I learned how to feel safe in my body, embrace self-compassion, and calm over-aroused nervous system to a restorative state so that my body could physically heal and I could reclaim my life.
Wishing You Joy, Love, and Health
Deborah's Credentials and Trainings
M.S. Occupational Therapy, Columbia University
B.S. Psychology, UMASS, Amherst
Holistic Health Certification
Yoga Teacher, 200 hr-RYT
Usui and Holy Fire Reiki Master
Hospital Reiki Practitioners Certification, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Volunteer Vigil/Reiki Practitioner for Hospice
Hospice Volunteer Program Manager, Visiting Nurses & Community Health
Volunteer Reiki Practitioner, Oncology Unit, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Psychotherapeutic Reiki Training, Richard Curtain, MSW, Liz Disterhoft, LCSW
Long Distance Healing Sessions: 5-Pillar Formula Intensive, Healing from the Core, Suzanne Scurlock & Lori Chinitz
Cranial Sacral Therapy I, II
Somatic Emotional Release I: Cranial Sacral Therapy Tools for Gentle Trauma Resolution
Sensory Modulation and Trauma-Informed Care, Tina Champagne, OTR/L, OTD
Healing Trauma Through Yoga
The Chronic Pain Tool Box: Effective Interventions for Treating Complex Chronic Pain – PESI
Meditation Certificate, The Power of Awareness, Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield
Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week Program, Cambridge Health Alliance
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week class , UCSFAssessment and Intervention Strategies for Chronic Pain – Summit Prof. Ed.
Melchizedek Energy Healing Method, Level 5
Akashic Record and Angel Reading Certifications
+ The Impact of Music in Hospice, First Congregational Church, Winchester
+ Panel Member, Caring for Individuals with Reiki at End of Life, Celebration of Reiki Conference, 2018