About Debra

 Debra Young, LPC, CCHt, RYT-500 is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a Certified Yoga teacher.  Debra’s approach to treatment is grounded in a holistic perspective, with a focus on wellness and mind-body psychotherapy. By integrating aspects of traditional counseling & coaching, along with breathing, releasing energy blocks, chakra-balancing, and general wellness practices like yoga, mindfulness and hypnotherapy, you are guided to create the wellness and health you deserve.  Combining  over 20 years of practice and teaching experience, Debra helps facilitate positive change, growth and a sense of self-empowerment. Debra also has a background in nursing.  Call today for a complimentary phone consultation: 704-771-6251

 

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Since the early nineties, Debra has been exploring the premise that the mind and body cannot and must not be separated in the process of healing. She was an early student of Jon Kabat-Zinn who created and runs the Stress Reduction Clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and the creator of MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She had the privilege of joining him in Sweden several years ago for a 10-day professional training and silent mindfulness retreat.  Debra regularly attends silent meditation retreats, most recently with Thich Nhat Hanh, to deepen her mindfulness practice.   As a graduate student, Debra interned with Dr. Dean Ornish during his initial pilot studies examining the relationship of diet, exercise and the role of mind-body-spirit in reversing heart disease. In order to further her understanding of the physiological aspects of healing, she chose to attend nursing school, completing all required clinicals at both UNC and Duke University hospitals. Although she is not a practicing RN, this experience informs her work with her clients and yoga students.

Through the years Debra has noticed a common thread running through her clients’ individual stories, and that theme is stress overload, ranging from mild to severe. Approaching stress-reduction with a specific set of skills lies at the core of Debra’s teachings with both group and individual clients. Debra loves facilitating group and educational workshops, therapeutic groups, and working with individuals, pulling together all these many aspects of her personal and professional experience. The premise that wellness is achieved through healing mind, body and spirit lies at the core of her personal and professional philosophy of life and her approach to well being.

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