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Areas of Specialization

  • Supervision

  • Athlete-Life Balance

  • Alzheimer's and Dementia

  • Support for Caregiving

  • Couples

  • Boundaries within Relationships

  • Substance use and codependency

  • Developmental Model for Couples' Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems Informed

Debra Pace, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #101506


I have spent much of my life learning and searching for meaning. Through teaching and learning I believe I have finally settled into my calling; helping others through mentoring, coaching, counseling and therapy.

As a therapist I draw from my experience as a teacher, coach and mentor. I have taught and coached students of all ages from Kindergarten through Graduate students. I have helped students learn to embrace health and fitness across the country and in Morocco. I have a Bachelors degree in "Human Movement" and two Masters' degrees; one in Education and one in Counseling Psychology. I have a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Management with a focus on Youth Development through Sport and Mentoring. When not teaching and coaching, I have worked as a catastrophic claims adjuster following weather catastrophes in the south and wild fires right here in California. Working with individuals who have lost their homes has taught me much about empathy and communication in the immediate after effects of trauma.

On a Personal Note

I have lived in California, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Ohio and Morocco. I enjoy seeing new places and embarking on any kind of adventures! I love to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, running, or relaxing and reading. Mostly, I love living and laughing with my extended family (including five grandchildren) and friends!


  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University

  • Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Management w/ emphasis on Social Work, The Ohio State University

  • Master of Education in Human Movement and Coaching, Boston University

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Movement, Boston University

Clinical Experience

  • Owner, Clinical Director, Supervisor, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist at Los Gatos Counseling Center

  • Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at Doreen Maxwell MFT and Associates

  • Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at Cal Hills High School (CASSY Bay Area)

  • Case Manager and Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at The Camp Recovery Center

  • Adolescent Tech and Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at The Camp Recovery Center

  • Marriage & Family Therapy Trainee at Palo Alto High School (Adolescent Counseling Services)

Associations & Memberships

  • California Associate of Marriage and Family Therapists

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