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Biography, Deborah Stamm

 
Licensed Professional Counselor and
 
Chemical Dependency Counselor

Originally from Southern California, I moved to Anchorage in 2000. I love Alaska and have found it a refreshing change from the fast-paced lifestyle of Orange County where I lived most of my adult life. There is something peaceful and at the same time exciting about living where moose, bears, and blue jays have no sense of boundaries. I feel very privileged and blessed to live where the people have a fierce sense of independence. I am also aware that we have many challenges that are unique to Alaskan culture where social difficulties abound, addictions, trauma, domestic violence, depression and suicide to name a few. I have broad experience in mental health and human services, including work with California department of corrections, department of development dissabilities, youth authorities,  McLaughin Youth Center, and local community mental health. I have worked with co-occurring disorders, at-risk-youth, chronically mentally ill, in patient treatment for adolescent girls, and outpatient substance abuse treatment. I practice a strength-based approach to diagnosis includes and therapy because I respect and value client autonomy. I believe that the most effective therapy requires a variety of strategies and expertise because individuals are unique. Their stories, their needs, and their goals are unique. Further, they often solve problems in unique ways as well.

Formal Education

MSCP

Alaska Pacific University: Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology, Anchorage, AK, 2005
Degree: Master of Science, Counseling Psychology

Post Grad

Regent University, Center for Leadership Studies: Advanced Post-Graduate Studies in Organizational Development and Leadership, Virginia Beach, VA, 2002
Certificate: Organizational Development & Leadership

MTS

Vanguard University of Southern California: Graduate School of Theology, Costa Mesa, CA 1997
Degree: Master of Arts in Theological & Leadership Studies
MABS
Christian International School of Theology (CIST): Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 1990-1993
Degree: Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

BA
Christain International School of Theology: Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies, 1985-1990

Southern California College: Pastoral/Clinical Psychology, Costa Mesa, CA, 1976-1979