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Debra Turkat, LCSW
I believe wholeheartedly in a holistic approach to therapy and the importance of self-care.

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Debra Turkat, LCSW


Licensed in



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Therapy Style

You are taking a big step towards a better life by checking out this website and the providers who are here to help you. My goal will be to work with you and guide you towards achieving your best outcome. Let's see if we're a good fit.

As a licensed independent clinical social worker, I bring to the table a wide range of experience and perspectives on life. This is my second career, and I choose it because I strongly believe that I can help individuals improve their quality of life. Depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, career difficulties, life transitions, parenting frustrations, caregiving for a loved one… these are some of the issues that cause us to lose our equilibrium. To move forward in the most constructive way and re-establish equilibrium, we will work together using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, my principal area of expertise. We will look at behaviors that aren't working for you and you will replace them with behaviors that improve your daily life. I use active listening as an important tool to help me understand your feelings and turmoil – sometimes you may just need to vent. And as I follow you on your journey, I will employ the skills of my profession as you need them.

I believe wholeheartedly in a holistic approach to therapy and the importance of self-care. And there will be homework assignments each week related to current goals. It is all up to you: the harder you work the greater your progress. You have to be “in it to win it."

My first career was in business, and I utilize some basic business principles in my psychotherapy, most notably organization skills and the allocation of your inner resources. This has worked well in my past psychotherapy with chronic illness clients, clients in the military, business executives, retirees, clients with new careers, and parents, just to name a few. Are you ready to work hard and bring your best game? I'm ready to work with you and show you how. Together, we can build a better path forward.


BA - Economics, Columbia University

MSW - Social Work, University of Houston

License Number and State

DC 50079267



Why did you become a mental health professional?

I discovered my strength strength in helping people in the volunteer work I was doing and made the decision to go back to school for my Master's degree in Social Work.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy daily exercise, including spin class, weight training, and boxing. I am also a culture vulture, enjoying museums, theatre, music and dance performances.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I roll out of bed and onto my yoga mat every morning for a stretch program.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

My first volunteer job with children was with Reading Partners. I so enjoyed tutoring elementary students with their reading skills.

How do you recharge?

My favorite spot to recharge my batteries is the National Building Museum. I wholeheartedly enjoy both the exhibits and the building itself.