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Debra Pace


Clinical Supervisor and 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.

Education and Qualifications

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

Associations and Memberships

The California Associate of Marriage and Family Therapists


Areas of Training and Specialization

Areas of Expertise and Specialty


*Athlete-Life Balance

*Alzheimer's and Dementia

*Support for Caregiving


*Boundaries within Relationships

*Substance use and codependency

*Internal Family Systems Informed

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 being active or relaxing and reading. Mostly, I love living and laughing with my extended family (including four grandchildren) and friends!

Therapist and Helper/Teacher and Coach/Athlete/

Traveler /Partner/Family Member​/Lifelong learner!

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