Debbie Halliday, M.A., MFT, SEP

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

3470 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Suite A200
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 286-4415

Effective Psychotherapy can help by providing a safe, non-judgmental place to assess the obstacles and challenges that inhibit growth, healthy relationships, happiness, and empowerment.

Individual Therapy is appropriate to investigate strategies for:
  • Depression, Isolation
  • Anxiety, Stress
  • Codependency
  • Self-Esteem, Motivation, Self-Acceptance
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma, Abuse
  • Improved Communication Skills
  • Grief, Loss
  • Feeling Stuck
Couples Counseling can provide concrete support and positive change with issues related to:
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Commitment Issues
  • Trust and Forgiveness
  • Healthy Communication
  • Understanding Attachment Styles
  • Finding the Passion and Romance
  • Parenting Challenges
  • Not Feeling Heard
Family Counseling includes:
  • Collaborative Parenting and Co-Parenting 
  • Support for Children/Teens
  • Boundaries, Limits
  • Positive Discipline
  • Understanding How Children Affect Marriage
Group Therapy:
  • Ongoing Codependency/Healthy Relationships Group
Finding an Effective Therapist:
Numerous studies show that it is connection with the right therapist that opens up the individual’s innate capacity to grow and to heal. I know that instinctual capacity to heal is present; so it is my job to support your goals/your journey. It is an honor to help clients gain the insight and skills they need to overcome challenges that inhibit personal success and healthy relationships. My approach is to challenge; and always to support, to listen, and to work together to explore new perspectives and develop more satisfying behaviors. 
I offer a free 30-minute consultation in order to begin the process of introduction and investigation.
My Theoretical Perspective:
In order to address individual needs, I incorporate aspects of Psychodynamic Theories, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory, Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, and Humanistic and Solution-Focused therapies. I implement useful techniques that support change, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Mindfulness therapy helps develop awareness of habitual patterns and reactions; and makes space for healthy transformation.
My Education and Training:
I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.  I am a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practioner: SEP is a naturalistic approach to understanding and resolving trauma symptoms.
I am a certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor.  My private practice is located in Lafayette, CA.
Fees and Payment:
Please call to discuss my fee for each 50-minute session. Credit cards are accepted.
I understand that psychotherapy is an investment, and I do have a limited number of reduced fee appointment times. Let me know if you would like to discuss your individual needs.
I do not bill health insurance; however I provide monthly statements if requested. Your insurance coverage may provide for out-of-network care.
I am a California Victims of Crime provider.
Debbie Halliday, M.A., MFT, SEP
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
MFC # 46000
Confidential Voicemail (925) 286-4415
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Carl Rogers