Debra Greenwood, MSW, LCSW
Children, adolescents, and youth are naturally inclined to approach life’s challenges through play,
creative expression, and exploration of boundaries. I have a history of positively influencing
individuals and families through such interactions and understand the importance of providing a safe
and expressive environment where creative problem solving can happen. I specialize in tailoring
therapeutic interventions to the appropriate developmental stage of the client and to the specific needs
of the individual within family and community systems. I have been successful in assisting clients and
their families with finding new ways to communicate, with building more satisfying relationships, and
with setting and attaining life goals.
At Crystal Creek Counseling, I utilize play, sand tray, and art intervention
techniques. I also bring a strong background in cognitive behavioral, dialectical, and
motivational interviewing interventions which are especially useful for helping individuals and family
systems affected by trauma, suicidal issues, drug and alcohol abuse, and personality disorders.
My practice motto is the quote by social justice poet, Edwin Markham (April 23, 1852 – March 7,
1940): “He drew a circle that shut me out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to
win. We drew a circle and took him in.” Whether it is the literal tool of drawing or figuratively using
other therapeutic interventions to advocate for the child and adolescent and his/her family, the goal of
therapy is to bring the individual and family into a healthy circle of life.