InterWorks Clinical Director

Deborah has 40+ years of experience in human services as a psychotherapist, trainer, and adjunct college instructor. She is certified and/or licensed in the areas of mental health and addiction. Her philosophy as a therapist describes the client as "a person engaging in intimate sharing about vulnerable life issues with a perfect stranger." Because of this, although the therapist must be educated in techniques and ethical standards, this alone cannot heal a person's "dis-ease". It is the therapist's responsibility to show respect and put effort into meeting the client's need for the emotional safety and comfort that invites them to be open to the experience.

She offers individual, couples and family therapy. She is experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults. Her work focuses on individual "distress" in children and teens considering their symptoms as well as the family and social system that surrounds and influences them. Deborah also offers outpatient psychotherapy for adults and couples. She specializes in the effects of trauma, depression and anxiety, disturbances of situational life experiences, conflict resolution, problem solving skills, and family disruption with a specific focus on helping people through grief, and loss because of various forms of childhood trauma.

Deborah has focused a portion of her therapeutic work to therapy, teaching and training about the impact of divorce and family separation on children. She is a trainer and collaborated on developing the program content, clinical information, and program manual for the successful Dauphin County Seminar for Families in Change and Conflict. She is a Co-parenting Coach and a Custody Evaluator. She has provided evaluations and expert court testimony in child custody cases in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, York and other surrounding counties.

Deborah has developed and offered trainings locally and nationally on a variety of topics including child and adolescent development, family disruption, assessment skills in chemical dependency, and the impact of cultural, gender, and sexual orientation issues on the therapeutic relationship. From 1988-86 she was an adjunct instructor in Ethical Decision Making for Counselors at Lincoln University in Oxford, PA. From 1988 to 1993 she was a full-time adjunct instructor in the Department of Behavioral Science, Penn State University, Harrisburg, PA. She taught counseling theory, personality theory, and child and adolescent development with an emphasis on family systems theory. Nominated by student evaluation for three consecutive years, she is the 1992 recipient of Penn State University's James Jordan Award for teaching excellence.


"Matt" holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College, a J.D. from The University of Richmond, and an MSW from Widener University. He offers a unique set of skills to the practice of therapy since after practicing law for over 10 years in a variety of areas including divorce and child custody issues, he decided that his passion for resolving conflicts could be better used to help people find solutions for their distress in the mental health field. Matt offers outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and families who are facing a range of concerns.

Matt has expertise working with children and parents from intact or separated families helping them to learn healthy communication patterns and develop appropriate ways to manage conflict. Matt applies his combined knowledge of therapy skills and an understanding of the legal system to offer Co-parenting Coaching, Reunification Counseling, and Custody Evaluations. His background has prepared him to encourage and offer guidance and support to parents so that they can settle differences and custody concerns without sacrificing family harmony.

Matt has spent the last two years as a trainer and facilitator of the "Dauphin County Seminar for Families in Change and Conflict". This is a four-hour court mandated seminar presented at the Dauphin County Court House several times a month. This seminar presents a variety of focused educational topics including; the establishment of "The Best Interest of Children", the Roots, Reasons, and Resolution of Conflict, Communication Techniques, and the Development of a Problem-Solving Process.