Debbie is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Massachusetts. Her experience includes work with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings. Currently, she is a staff clinician at Sameem Associates in Newton, specializing in addictions, and has a small private practice. She was a clinical supervisor at the North Charles Institute for the Addictions.
Debbie has served on the clinical faculties of the graduate social work programs at Boston College, Boston University, and Simmons College. A certified laughter yoga leader and longtime meditator, Debbie completed the Certificate Program at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in 2014.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Debbie received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. Her master's thesis explored the psychology of adolescent diary writing; she has published and lectured on the subject. She has been a volunteer with the Newton Child Assault Prevention Program since 2004.
Debbie’s first picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, illustrated by Sara Woolley, was published by Parallax Press in 2015. Her essays have appeared on Salon, Cognoscenti, and in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Writer's Chronicle, Journal News, Writer’s Digest, Zone 3, and elsewhere. Two essays were selected to appear in the anthologies Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? and Perspectives on Modern World History: The Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Breaking Free of Addiction: 42 Therapeutic Tools to Help You Recover from Problem Drug and Alcohol Use, a self-help workbook, was published by Between Sessions Resources in November 2017.
Debbie is a member of the Authors Guild, SCBWI, and the Writers' Loft. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in 2015. For Debbie's electronic press kit, click here.
As a freelance editor, Debbie has tackled everything from ad copy to book-length manuscripts. She served as publications director at Hebrew College and managing editor of the Lahey Health Journal of Medical Ethics. Debbie also worked as a proofreader and editor at Houghton Mifflin Company and other trade houses. She currently writes and edits the Zamir Chorale's quarterly newsletter.
Debbie consults with individual authors from concept to completion of their projects, or at any stage in-between. Her editorial resume includes numerous psychology-related manuscripts, creative nonfiction essays, chapter books, and picture books.
In 2009, Debbie launched Write It Like It Is workshops and groups, designed to help people free up their authentic voice through writing in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. She offers personal coaching to writers and is an instructor at GrubStreet, an independent writing center in Boston. She also offers private executive function coaching and writing tutoring to adolescents and adults.
Debbie is a lifelong choral singer who has performed with the New World Chorale, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Orpheus Singers, the Zamir Chorale of Boston, Chorus pro Musica, and the Master Singers, among many choral groups. She has had the pleasure of singing at Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and on tour in Europe and Israel with Zamir.
A Boston cast member of the comedy show “Mortified” since 2006, Debbie occasionally reads from her angst-ridden teenage diaries at Club Oberon in Cambridge, Mass. Originally from Rye, New York, Debbie lived in Munich, Germany, as a teenager and now lives outside of Boston.