Deborah Mostert is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 27 years of clinical experience in both private practice and public mental health centers. Her work with clients is based upon principles of family systems, solution focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and trauma treatment, including EMDR. She is certified as an EMDR therapist by the EMDR International Association. Deborah enjoys working with adults, adolescents, children and families in resolving trauma, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, substance use and dependence, family problems, marital conflict and parenting issues.

In addition Deborah provides services through Hope Christian Counseling, a division of Parker, Schlichter and Associates, for clients seeking counseling in the context of a Christian perspective. In this context she uses a straightforward and commonsensical approach that recognizes that Christians live in this world and can benefit from the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the input of His Holy word, the Bible.

Deborah is a seasoned Employee Assistance therapist with 25 years of working with EAP companies in providing employees with the help they need to resolve workplace issues and personal problems which impact their work life.

Deborah is a clinically astute andresults-driven therapist who recognizes and celebrates her clients’ strengths in resolving their life’s difficulties.

Past Professional Activities

2000 - PRESENT Professional Counselor in private practice with Parker, Schlichter & Associates.

2001 - 2004 Clinician III, Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, Mental Health
Substance Abuse Division, Virginia Beach, VA, where she implemented a federal (SAMHSA) grant project providing intensive outpatient services to the dually diagnosed. She managed a $1.4 million budget and provided intensive clinical supervision to four clinicians whose duties were to engage previously reluctant clients diagnosed with severe mental illness and a substance use disorder.

2000 - 2001 Substance Abuse Clinician II, Western Tidewater Mental Health Center, Suffolk, VA

1998 - 2000 Clinical Supervisor, Children and Family Services Unit, Southeast Human
Service Center, Fargo, N.D.

1994 - 1998 Human Relations Counselor II, Southeast Human Service Center, Fargo, N.D.

1996 - 2000 Employee Assistance Consultant, Imation Corporation, Wahpeton, N.D.

1995 - 2000 Private practice, Moorhead, MN

1989 - 1994 Private practice, Charlottesville, VA

1990 – 1994 Private practice, Augusta Psychological Associates, Staunton, VA

1989 - 1990 Director of Clinical Services, Charter Counseling Center, Staunton, VA

1989 Counselor, Charter Counseling Center, Staunton, VA

1984 - 1989 Marriage and Family Counselor II, Family Service, Inc., Charlottesville, VA

1979 - 1984 Social Worker, Southampton County Department of Social Services, Inc., Courtland, VA, where she functioned as a Child Protective Services worker.

1976 - 1977 Director, Swain County Department of Social Services, Bryson City, NC

1975 - 1976 Social Worker, Swain County Department of Social Services, Bryson City, NC