Debbie Svobodny, LCSW

Debbie Svobodny, LCSW

Biography

Debbie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Concordia in 2011. She also graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2017 with a masters degree in social work. Debbie is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Dakota. 

Debbie enjoys working with all people ages 7+. For the last 10 years, she has worked alongside children, adolescents, adults and their families through various life experiences while working in community outpatient clinics. She uses techniques that involve Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered, and modified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

A message from Debbie:

I am glad you are contemplating therapy.  Nonetheless, the thought of therapy can be overwhelming.  What will others think of me?  What if I tell them all of those deep and dark thoughts?  Where will I end up?  How will this work out for me?  It didn’t help last time I tried?  Will I be fixed?  So many of those thoughts are normal.  Considering your next step is important.  I am excited you’re here and taking this step so seriously.  I believe this is the most important step; finding the right fit therapist is vital.  I hope to create a safe environment where you can share opening about your challenges and victories.  All while assisting you in writing beautiful new chapters in your story.  You are important and valued!

 

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work, Concordia University, Moorhead, MN

Master’s Degree of Social Work, University of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND

 

Associations/Memberships:

National Association of Social Workers

North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners

 

Provider Email: Debbie@birchwoodcounseling.com

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Other Team Members

Pamela Thompson, LICSW, LPC

Pamela Thompson, LICSW, LPC

She loves reading, landscaping, family time and taking classes to improve her ability to help her clients.
DeNae Haagenson, M.Ed., LPCC

DeNae Haagenson, M.Ed., LPCC

A Minnesota native, DeNae has raised her family here and is active in her community.
Ashley Thompson, M.Ed., LPCC – SUP

Ashley Thompson, M.Ed., LPCC – SUP

Ashley believes we all have a story but that does not have to define who we become.
Kallie Marsh, M.Ed., LPCC

Kallie Marsh, M.Ed., LPCC

Kallie believes in using an empathetic and holistic approach that empowers individuals and families to find solutions to their problems and reach their self-determined goals.
Allie Skjonsberg, LICSW

Allie Skjonsberg, LICSW

I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy as life throws a lot at every single person and it’s nice to have a neutral person to talk to and process life with.
Marissa Perry, M. Ed., LPC

Marissa Perry, M. Ed., LPC

I am passionate about connection and client empowerment. I use individualized tools, techniques, and an integrative therapy approach to meet your individual needs and to help you find self-worth and balance within your daily life. 
Jamie Newberger M.Ed., LPC & LAPC

Jamie Newberger M.Ed., LPC & LAPC

I am passionate about working with individuals who are healing from painful situations in life, and who feel stuck in old patterns that just aren’t working anymore. Whether you are having difficulty communicating your needs or emotions, facing hard choices, or lacking direction, change is possible. You don’t have to continue feeling stuck or overwhelmed, and you don’t have to do it alone.
Stephanie Schafer, M.Ed., LPC/LPCC, NCC

Stephanie Schafer, M.Ed., LPC/LPCC, NCC

I take an inviting approach to counseling, and collaborate with my clients in their healing. I believe people to be resilient, and know that we all get “stuck” sometimes. I work with my clients to identify their strengths and resources to get “unstuck” and move toward thriving in their lives.
Debbie Svobodny, LCSW

Debbie Svobodny, LCSW

The thought of therapy can be overwhelming, and I am excited you’re here and taking this step so seriously.  I believe this is the most important step; finding the right fit therapist is vital.  I hope to create a safe environment where you can share opening about your challenges and victories.  All while assisting you in writing beautiful new chapters in your story.  You are important and valued!
Sheyenne Hokit, Clinical Intern

Sheyenne Hokit, Clinical Intern

I have a passion for helping my clients become the best they can be and empower them to go above that.
Osman Baar, Clinical Intern

Osman Baar, Clinical Intern

I pride myself on providing culturally competent therapy. Having gone through the process of settling in the US as a refugee, I have personal experience navigating systems and enjoy helping my clients connect with other needed services and providing therapy.
Heidi Leckner, LAPC

Heidi Leckner, LAPC

In my counseling work I utilize a humanistic approach, which is the belief that each human is not only unique, but also has the innate ability to overcome life’s hardships and pursue growth. When you are in counseling with me, I will hear you. Most importantly, I will provide you with support and validation while I assist you with your journey of self-improvement and healing.