Dr. Deborah L. Kirschbaum, PHD

Dr. Deborah L. Kirschbaum, PHD

Clinical Psychology | Female

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You will feel the importance of your experience as we work through the issues that bring you into therapy or psychoanalysis. The work in the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of what enables freedom from restrictive or impulsive life patterns and relationships.Read more

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Dr. Kirschbaum Says:

It's very important to feel like you have found a good fit with your therapist.  If the therapist makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason at all, talk about it. If your therapist talks a lot about themselves, takes phone calls during your sessions, forgets sessions, is unethical in billing practices or often picks you up late, perhaps these are not good signs.  Trust the fit....

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Dr. K is kind, compassionate and truly cares about the well being of her patients.
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Dr. Debbie is and continues to be an Excellent therapist that is Totally devoted to patient care and wellbeing. She is extremely insightful during the sessions and provides very useful comments/suggestions resulting and based upon the outpouring of your thoughts/emotions. Dr. Debbie is genuinely invested in the wellbeing of her patients, a quality worth its weight in gold and very comforting to know. Five years ago, she literally "saved" my life and today I'm very grateful to have her support
Very professional and intelligent.
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Dr. Kirschbaum says...

This may be a time of familiar or new distress or dissatisfaction in life. Perhaps you (or you and your spouse) are in a position to address and understand these recurring feelings of unhappiness, anxiety, irritability or emptiness. You might be engaging in risky job changes, infidelity or neglecting your health. You may be isolating yourself or feel overwhelmed by your family responsibilities. I am a licensed psychologist and certified psychoanalyst. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis allow for a deeper look at recurring dysfunctional patterns that hinder relationships, professional success and contentment in life. I work with individuals, couples, families and teens.

After working with individuals, couples and families for 25 years, I have found that knowing oneself is much harder to do than people think. Once the self-understanding is gained and feelings flow more comfortably, the natural creativity, happiness and connectedness to others occurs effortlessly.

Dr. Kirschbaum's Care Philosophy

You will feel the importance of your experience as we work through the issues that bring you into therapy or psychoanalysis. The work in the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of what enables freedom from restrictive or impulsive life patterns and relationships.

Dr. Kirschbaum says...

I specialize in working with high level professionals who are looking for more self-discovery in a confidential, intelligent and ethical environment. Most business and mental health professionals need periodic collaboration to enhance effectiveness with subordinates, staff, patients and clients.

Dr. Kirschbaum says...

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Dr. Kirschbaum says...

It's very important to feel like you have found a good fit with your therapist.  If the therapist makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason at all, talk about it. If your therapist talks a lot about themselves, takes phone calls during your sessions, forgets sessions, is unethical in billing practices or often picks you up late, perhaps these are not good signs.  Trust the fit.  The therapeutic relationship is essential to the effectiveness of the work you do on your behalf. 

Sometimes it's not a good fit.  That's ok.  The therapist should refer you to two colleagues and warmly send you on your way.

Dr. Kirschbaum's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Clinical Psychology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    Malpractice Claims

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    Sanctions

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Conditions Treated

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Grief
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress

Education

  • Medical School
    California School Of Professional Psychology

    Graduated in 1989

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California At Berkeley

    Graduated in 1981

    University Of California At Los Angeles

    Graduated in 1983

  • Other Education
    Certification In Psychoanalysis

    Completed in 2005

    The New Center For Psychanalysis, Psy.D

    Completed in 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis

Procedures Performed

  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Psychotherapy Services