Debbie Runke, MS, LMFTA

Through spending many years working as an information technology director, Debbie discovered a passion for working with adults who are confronted with life’s difficulties. She especially values the privilege of walking beside people who may be struggling with issues of addictive behaviors, anxiety, career concerns, chronic stress, depression, family of origin issues, grief and loss, legal challenges, life transitions, obsessive-compulsive behavior, self-esteem issues, and trauma.

In addition to joining one-on-one with individuals, she also facilitates groups and works with organizations that are dealing with the aftermath of traumatic events affecting several of their members.

Debbie believes in bringing openness, respect, and curiosity into every conversation and relationship. She helps each person explore the influences of both the inner and outer world on the challenges they face. Working together, they identify and build on each individual’s unique strengths. Her work draws on principles of acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems, Lifespan Integration, narrative therapy, positive psychology, solution-focused brief therapy, and strength-based approaches. She received her Master of Science degree from Seattle Pacific University.

An east coast transplant, Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the Pacific Northwest (especially with a camera), reading, using genealogy tools to tell the stories of people who lived before, and a good cup of coffee.

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