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Debbra Tessmer-Wagner, LMFT

Office: 3633 Camino del Rio South
Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 798-3567
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Profession: Marriage and Family Therapist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Certified EMDR Clinician
Practice Description: Looking into therapy is a positive first step. I believe therapy can offer healing and hope for individuals, couples, and families who desire nurturing and fulfilling relationships as well as the ability to manage and overcome mental health challenges. As a licensed psychotherapist, my passion is to help you navigate through life's difficulties and to empower you to regain health and balance in your life. Seeking professional help takes courage, and people of all life stages will find a safe and supportive environment where such issues can be addressed.

I specialize in helping individual, couples, and families gain skills and tools to manage and overcome mental health challenges as well as improve relational health. I also have advanced certifications in the areas of EMDR, trauma and trauma recovery, sexual assault, domestic violence, and LGBTQ issues.

Outside of office hours, I am also Adjunct Faculty at National University in the Master's of Counseling Psychology program. Also, I was appointed to CAMFT's Continued Education Provider Approval Committee (CEPA). Additionally, as part of Trauma Recovery Network, I provide pro bone services to first responders of disasters in San Diego.

Professional Experience:
Debbie Tessmer-Wagner, MA, LMFT - provide therapeutic and relational services to individuals, couples, and families. Specializing in trauma and trauma recovery, sexual assault and domestic violence, substance abuse, and LGBT issues.

Family Consultation Services - Formerly counsel individuals, couples, families, and adolescents with mild, moderate and severe diagnoses, co-occurring disorders, and relational issues.

Center for Enriching Relationships - Counseled couples, families, individuals and adolescents with mild, moderate and severe diagnoses, co-occurring disorders, and relational issues.

Family Focus Christian Counseling (Practicum) - Counseled families, individuals and children with mild, moderate and severe diagnoses, co-occurring disorders, and relational issues.

Halcyon Crisis Center (Practicum) – Counseled severely mentally ill individuals in an in-patient crisis house. Clients had an array of psychological challenges and co-occurring disorders resulting from substance abuse and trauma.

San Diego Christian College (Practicum) - Counseled college students with an array of psychological, emotional, and educational challenges.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Relationship Issues
Gay/Lesbian Issues
Adjustment Disorder
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Bipolar Disorder
Cognitive Disorders
Domestic Violence
Dually Diagnosed Individuals
Eating Disorders
Personal Growth
Personality Disorders
Sexual Abuse
Stress Management
Substance Abuse
EMDR Therapy
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Biopsychosocial
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Family Systems
Object Relations
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Affirmative Therapy for LGBTQ
Additional Demographic Expertise: Buddhist
Education: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Southern California Sem., 2010

Master of Arts in English Literature
National University, 2006

Bachelor of Arts in Communication
National University, 1997
License #: MFC#77147
License State: California
Additional Licenses/ Certifications: Certified EMDR, EMDRIA
Certified in Affirmative Therapy for LGBTQ, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence, Cal-EMA
Certified In Crisis Intervention for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, CAL-EMA
Professional Affiliations:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#77147) California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Student Member of American Psychological Association (APA)
Member of California Psychological Association (CPA)
Associate Member of EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
Member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)
San Diego Trauma Recovery Network volunteer
Fee Schedule: $100-$150
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Sliding Scale Available
Accepted Insurance: Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
Insurance and Billing Instructions: PPOs Accepted
Office Hours: T,W, Th, F days and evenings; Saturday days
Driving Directions: I-8 to Texas Street
Turn Left at Camino del Rio South
3633 Camino del Rio is on the right

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Additional Comments: Outside of office hours, I am adjunct faculty at National University where I teach graduate level psychology courses. In 2016, I was appointed to California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Continuing Education Provider Approval Committee (CEPA). Additionally, I volunteer through San Diego Trauma Recovery Network to provide EMDR disaster-response services to first responders.

Debbra Tessmer-Wagner, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego

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In Practice Since:  2010
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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