Debra Wallace MS, LMFT Vita

Good Day.  I’m Debra Wallace, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT, Illinois USA) and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).   I have had a private practice since 2003 providing couple, individual, child, and family therapy and I now provide counseling online at WeCounsel.Com.  I am passionate about expanding awareness of the neurophysiological impact of stress and trauma on human development to promote optimal stress management, coping skills, resiliency and healthy relationships. I have innovatively synthesized evidenced-based research into experiential interventions that maximize human potential and heal trans-generational trauma.  My focused interventions effectively activate innate resources and cultivate emotional, relational and physical well-being.  My career has provided extensive experience working with children and families in clinical, educational, and recreational settings with unique needs from diverse backgrounds.  I am highly adaptable to provide services to clients where they feel most safe and comfortable.  I prioritize building positive rapport and collaborating with the many case-related systems such as family members, caseworkers, residential treatment providers, individual therapists, doctors, judges, schools and foster-care providers.  I have contributed my expertise to many different settings and formats such as books, websites, hospitals, schools, conferences, legal hearings, committees, agencies, and local media.


2003 ColoradoStateUniversity, Masters of Science (Human Development and Family Studies with Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy)

2000 ClemsonUniversity, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology with minor in Elementary Education),  Summa Cum Laude

1997 College of Dupage, Associates in Arts

Certificates & Training

2017 Shame Shields: The Armor We Use to Protect Ourselves and Why It Doesn’t Serve Us by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW 1 CE

2017 The Body Keeps the Score with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. 1 CE

2016 Healing After an Affair with Julie Gottman, Ph.D. and John M Gottman, Ph.D. 1 CE

2016 Infidelity with Julie Gottman, Ph.D. and John M Gottman, Ph.D. 1.25 CE

2016 Storytelling, Life’s Deeper Meaning and Dream-Within-Conflict Strategies to use with Couples with Julie Gottman, Ph.D. and John M Gottman, Ph.D. 1 CE

2016 Benefits of Integration, Insight on Flooding and Dealing with Resistance with Couples in Therapy with Julie Gottman, Ph.D. and John M Gottman, Ph.D. 1 CE

2016 Strengthening Relationships through Resurfacing Trauma and PTSD with Julie Gottman, Ph.D. and John M. Gottman, Ph.D. 1 CE

2016 Making Relationships Work with Julie Gottman, Ph.D. and John M. Gottman, Ph.D. 1.5 CE

2016 Working Together for Vulnerable Kids with Child. Youth and Family(CYF) and Child Matters New Zealand

2015 Clinical Implications and Applications of The Adult Attachment Interview by Dan Siegel MD 1.5CE 

2015 EMDR 3 Day Intensive Training by Linda Curran, BSPC, LPC, CAC-D, CCDP 29 CE

2014 Play Therapy Techniques: Working with Challenging Behaviors by Sandra Clavelli Psy. D. 2 CE

2013 Minding the Teenage Brain: Adolescence as a Period of Opportunity and Vulnerability for Mental  Health by Dan Siegel, MD 2CE

2013 Play Therapy 101 by Mary Alice Wentling, MSEd, NCC, LCPC, Illinois, USA, 3 CE

2012 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #166000901, Illinois, USA

2008 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #846, Colorado, USA

2008 Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Case-based Live Meeting Training with Bruce Perry MD, Ph.D., 13.5 CE

2008 Establishing Safety and Wellbeing for Children exposed to Domestic Violence  with Shellie Taggert and Fernando Mederos EdD, 6 CE

2007 Beyond Consequences Live with Heather Forbes LCSW and Eric Guy LSW, 10 CE

2007 Emotional Regulatory & Neuro sequential Healing Clinical Intensive with Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC, 16 CE

2006 Love and Logic Parent Training with Jim Fay, 2 CE

2005-2006 Foothills Childbirth Education Instructor/Doula Training

2002 The Challenges of Couples Counselling with William Doherty Ph.D., 6 CE

2001 – 2003 Graduate and Teacher Assistant for Department of Human Studies, Colorado State University

Professional Memberships

Clinical Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy


Today’s Choices Tomorrow’s Parents National Home Birth Association Conference,  New Plymouth, New Zealand

Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Colorado, USA

Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, New Mexico, USA

Areas of Expertise

  • Therapeutic, multi-systemic, client-centered, crisis intervention, and trauma-informed care
  • Diagnoses/Presenting problems: Child abuse, Domestic Violence and Relationship Conflict; Mood, Post Traumatic Stress, Sexual, Eating, Personality, Substance-related, Developmental Disorders as well as dual diagnosis and chronic/acute medical health problems
  • Integrating cutting-edge research-based treatment modalities including: Nuerosequential, Brief- Strategic, Cognitive-Behavioural, Experiential, Dialectical Behaviour, Family Systems, Feminist, Narrative, Solution-Focused, Structural, Emotion-Focused, Contextual, and Play Therapy


Wallace, D. (2011). Lessons from my Son. In HawaH (Ed.), Poetry of Yoga: A Contemporary Anthology Volume One (Pp 94). New York: One Common Unity.

Wallace, D. (2010). Learning by Example [WWW page]. URL

Wallace, D & Lyness, K. (2004).  Resources on Same-Sex Couples for Therapists and Clients.  Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy: Innovations in Clinical and Educational Interventions  3 (2-3), 147-155.

Wallace, D. (2003). The effect of partner differences regarding dyadic adjustment and emotion work on couple therapy outcome. Unpublished masters’ thesis, Colorado State University, Colorado, USA.

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