Debra Weiss Hatfield, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
M.Ed. and Ed.S., Counselor Education- Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida.
Debbie works with a range of clinical issues including trauma recovery and interpersonal violence, crisis intervention, social justice, sexual orientation, family of origin and culture, as well as chronic medical challenges.
Approach to Therapy
Debbie works from a Feminist, self-compassion, and strengths-based model, including the exploration of ways to navigate one’s environment to optimally function. She often incorporates a trauma-informed/mind-body approach to healing and connecting with one’s creative self.
Debbie believes that laughing and having fun are the best medicine. She believes that making time to take care of yourself is critical to overall wellness and joy. She loves listening to music, painting, and connecting with nature, including both time spent outdoors and visits to the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College.
Debbie had the opportunity to serve as a Victim Advocate for the University of Florida Police Department from January 2012- March 2014. She also served as Chair-person for the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women’s (GCOSW) Annual Conference on Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response (CIPVPR), formerly the Sexual Battery Conference, 2011-2015 and as the Program Chair of GCOSW’s Sexual Battery Conference from 2009-2011. Additionally, Debbie has been a volunteer of the Alachua County Crisis Center since Spring 2004.