Deanna earned her MSW from Wayne State University, almost 20 years ago. After graduating she accepted the position of Clinical Resource Coordinator of Behavioral Medicine, in the St John Health System. Additionally, she works as a Patient Advocate in the Beaumont Health System Emergency Department, as well as helping setup Grant Based private practices in Detroit. In the past 20 years she has worked in a variety of settings including: a hospital psychiatric unit, an emergency center, a private practice, and in-home health care.
She has experience in working in a hospital setting, as well as in outpatient with wide variety of diagnosis and numerous comorbidities. Deanna acquired certification in Bereavement Services as RTS Coordinator and RTS Perinatal Death in 2014. Her affiliation with the Emergency Department created a deep passion in her for working with clients who struggle with grief and loss. Deanna also has experience in working with issues related to anxiety, self-esteem, and depression.
Deanna believes that every person is unique, therefore the therapy approach should address the personal needs of a client. Deanna’s approach is that the working alliance between the client and the therapist should be based on trust, comfort, and above all, it should be a judgment free environment. Deanna uses an eclectic approach tailored to the personal needs, circumstances, and willingness/need to participate/change of a client. Her approach is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person centered, strength-based approach. The most important aspect of the dynamic therapeutic relationship is clients achieving their ultimate goal: overcoming the issues that brought them in to therapy.