Deborah Jean Nielsen, LMFT, ATR-BC, EMDR Certified and EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

Over the course of twenty years, Deborah has worked with thousands of clients; resolving trauma and building on peace and confidence. Currently, sessions are being offered online through telemedicine.

For nine years, Ms. Nielsen conducted her psychotherapy office in Solana Beach, in San Diego County, California, serving children, adults and families. During that time, Ms Nielsen held the volunteer position of San Diego Regional Network Coordinator. She was also a HAP volunteer and part of the SD TRN Steering Committee (Trauma Response Network).

For over twelve years, Deborah was a lead Mental Health Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at an Indian Health Project. Concurrently she maintained her own practice, serving children and adults. She also served as a Mental Health Consultant for all the Head Start programs in two counties. Ms. Nielsen was a Child Custody Court Appointed Mediator for two counties.

She has contracted for agencies, providing Art Therapy for youth, in Chicago and in San Diego. Deborah was a clinical supervisor for San Diego Youth Services. Deborah Nielsen is an EMDR Consultant.


LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Relationship, communication, and development are aspects of emphasis for LMFTs.

ATR-BC – Art Therapist Registered-Board Certified

  • Art Therapy holds the art process as central to the healing path, in expression, observation, and awareness. I have conducted Art Therapy groups for youth, and I incorporate art therapy in my practice with children and adults.

EMDR Certified and EMDRIA Approved Consultant

  • EMDR is Eye Movement, Desensitization Reprocessing. Bi lateral movement helps to facilitate the process, as we work through disturbing experiences, and blocks. EMDR is an evidence based Therapy that allows for therapeutic shifts that can be transformational.
  • EMDRIA is the EMDR International Association, which holds the gold standard for training, and certification, and promotes advanced training and certification in EMDR. As a Consultant, I am qualified and committed to guiding EMDR clinicians in deepening their understanding and effective implementation of EMDR Therapy.