Deborah has been in practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1996. She holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Consulting. Deborah works with individuals, couples, families, leaders, and larger systems (schools, organizations, groups).
In addition to her clinical practice, Deborah has worked in higher education for over 20 years educating and training helping professionals. Deborah has conducted qualitative research in the following areas: the personal and professional development of beginning psychotherapists, women in leadership and generational differences, and working with children's emotional pain. She has held several academic leadership positions at Phillips Graduate University, where she continues to teach and supervise clinicians and organizational consultants. Additionally, she currently teaches at California State University, Northridge in the Michael Eisner College of Education, in the Department of Education, Psychology, and Counseling.
Deborah is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor, a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Deborah Buttitta, Psy.D.