I grew up in Sydney, Australia, savoring life on Bondi Beach until I met a tall American and fell in love. In 1998 I moved to Los Angeles where I saw the devastation of homeless youth on Hollywood Boulevard for the first time. I felt compelled to help and started doing street outreach, service provision, and emergency intervention…it was not enough. I needed to have more of an impact, so after moving to New York City in 2001, I enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at Columbia University and completed grad school as a young mom to two kids.
It was during this time that my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, aged 7. My husband and I had no experience with the disease, and after he was released from the hospital, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of having a child with T1D. Today, we are living in Silicon Valley where I have combined more than 10 years working with children and families with a Masters Degree in Social work from Columbia University and many years of postgraduate clinical training to help other families thrive.
Deborah Brewer is a California Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist based in Menlo Park. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Long Island University, and a Master of Science in Social Work (summa cum laude) from Columbia University, she has worked with hundreds of clients in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient mental health clinics, schools, foster care agencies, and more.
Since moving from New York City to Silicon Valley in 2015, Deborah has developed a customized approach featuring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and (for children ages 4 to 12) Child Centered and Prescriptive Play Therapy. She specializes in intervention services for children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems as well as Type 1 diabetes.