Debbie Lillard Liam

deb picI am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and advocate who has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings. With an undergraduate in Psychology and a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work, I have spent the majority of my career in connection with women’s agencies, rape crisis centers, and domestic violence communities. I have presented locally and nationally on issues related to trauma, PTSD, sexual assault and rape, domestic violence, self-care, and meditation. I work as a consultant and/or volunteer with several agencies including The Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, Men Stopping Violence, The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Georgia Commission on Family Violence. I am the trauma consultant for the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality/Near Fatality Review Project.

Having spent over 15 years in private practice, I have come to learn that the therapeutic process works best as a healing space that provides both support and accountability; this helps clients to identify and increase their strengths rather than simply focusing on pathologies. My theoretical approaches include cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, Imago, and mindfulness-based options all within a feminist/strength-based perspective. My philosophy about the healing process helps me stay grounded in the principles of respect for diversity, inner wisdom, empowerment, mind-body connections, self-care, and the importance of humor.

Over the years, I have come to believe strongly in the healing power of nature, safe spaces, and connection with self and others. I incorporate mindfulness-based options and techniques into my practice through meditation, walking meditation, hiking, relaxation exercises, and emotional/energy release work. The creation of the Labyrinth has expanded this kind of work and can assist clients in their healing process. It is enabling me to expand my work and passion in honoring the Earth, facilitating/leading ceremonies, rituals, and other important rites of passage.

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