Dr. Deb Schwarz Hirschhorn (“Dr. Deb”) graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2001 after spending ten years doing research on emotional, verbal and physical abuse for my dissertation. She earned her master’s degree from Drake University in 1978, having written a thesis about prison counseling. While attending Queens College, Dr. Deb completed honors research abroad on the effect of the mental hospital culture on patient recovery. She has been in practice as a marriage and family therapist for over 35 years.
Dr. Deb has published in peer-reviewed journals, given presentations to other therapists, published and presented dozens of times to the public, edited the mental health section of a paper run by the Miami Herald, and was an editor for the Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association. Additionally, she is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and an Approved Supervisor in Florida for Master’s level Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists. She is also an avid blogger.