OTR/L, RM, RYT
I am a Licensed Holistic Occupational Therapist and Energy Worker, certified as a Usui and Holy Fire® III Reiki Master, with 20 years of experience in a variety of settings. I am also certified in Psychotherapeutic Reiki and in Level 3 Melchizedeck Method, a high vibrational healing method. Sessions may be interwoven with teaching cognitive behavioral and stress management techniques, coping skills, CranioSacral Therapy, mindfulness , meditation, and yoga therapy. I have experience providing Reiki on the oncology unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in an outpatient clinic, and in various hospice settings. As an occupational therapist, I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, home care, hospice, and designed and directed a program for people with mental illnesses, including developing and leading groups in meditation, coping skills, cognitive behavior techniques, and expressive arts.
In my early 20s, I underwent three painful back surgeries and severe spinal complications which led to being primarily bedridden for 2 years, and debilitated for many more. Realizing that traditional medical treatment had its limits, I embarked on my own healing journey. From learning complementary treatment approaches, education, meditation, yoga, and journaling, I reclaimed my power and life. My journey has enabled me to truly understand the importance of treating the whole person, and helping others embrace the fullness and uniqueness of who they are.
I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with people and am grateful for the beauty that can be created from two people working together towards the same goal, whether it be relaxation, stress management, emotional/physical/spiritual healing, connecting more to one's inner self, or to simply try out a treatment.
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
The Chronic Pain Tool Box: Effective Interventions for Treating Complex Chronic Pain – PESI
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
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 3
Magnified Healing Level 1
Psychotherapeutic Reiki Training, Richard Curtain, MSW, Liz Disterhoft, LICSW
Volunteer Vigil/Reiki Practitioner for Hospice
Hospital Reiki Practitioners Certification, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Volunteer Reiki Practitioner, Oncology Unit, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Akashic Record Reading Certification
+ 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