Debbie Frederiksen, MS, LPC

Counseling & EMDR Therapy

I am a licensed professional counselor specializing primarily in trauma and anxiety disorders. I am an EMDR Certified therapist and work with men and women who have experienced trauma including sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and interpersonal violence.

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Who Am I?

Professionally, I’m a therapist. But I am more than just my job. I am also a daughter, sister, friend, fur mama, colleague, and client. I am a long time Kansas Citian, runner, and dog lover. I also have a minor latte obsession and strong wanderlust. I am not perfect, and I’ve accepted that (but only after many years of trying). What I want to be is authentic and genuine in everything I do, say, and represent.


Our Work Together

I will walk with you on your journey toward mental wellness, understanding, growth, and happiness.  My approach to counseling is unique for each client, but universally I am honest, patient, and empathic. I accept you for who you are — my office is a judgment-free zone.

During sessions, I listen, reflect, and respond. I ask questions to encourage insight and awareness. I seek to earn your trust and create a safe therapeutic environment – one that’s conducive to overcoming fears, pain, confusion, and emotional scars.

Counseling Theory

My theoretical approach is framed in cognitive behavioral strategies which means I help clients explore the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. We work together to uncover unhealthy/unhelpful thinking patterns and discover how they may be impacting your behaviors, self-esteem, and relationships. I am also heavily influenced by Carl Rogers’ person-centered theory and believe in the importance of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional acceptance. 

Mindfulness exercises such as relaxation, breathing techniques, or guided imagery may be utilized in session and/or as homework. Additionally, I assess your strengths and explore how they can be incorporated in the therapeutic process to enhance self-efficacy, mental health, and wellness.

Clinical Education & Experience

I have a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Arkansas. In addition to private practice, my professional experience includes:

  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Kansas City, Missouri

  • SAFEHOME, Kansas

  • Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center (NWARCC), Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Journaling & lattes are two of my favorite things!

Journaling & lattes are two of my favorite things!

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
— Carl Rogers