About Dr. Deb

Rev. Dr. Deb Berman, DMin, LCSW

I’m Rev. Dr. Deb (she/her) a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, doctoral-level counselor, ordained Interspiritual minister, and spiritual companion. My focus is on nurturing your spirit so that you can get past barriers and at last live your most authentic, most relaxed, most successful life.

I hold a Masters Degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and have a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Education from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. I am an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister through One Spirit Seminary where I serve as an instructor on courses on counseling, global faith traditions and wisdom paths, sacred relationship constellations, and human sexuality. I served as the Director of Behavioral Health at Interfaith Hospital and was Director of Clinical Services at Yachad/NJCD. I was twice awarded the Scholar-in-Residence position at the Ortzai Arts Alliance in Basque Country. I clinically supervise and mentor psychotherapists, mental health counselors, and spiritual counselors and I have spoken at more than 250 professional conferences and workshops around the world.

I am a therapist who is radically sex, sexuality, sexual practices, Fat, Disability, Queer, Feminist, Alt, and body positive. I am knowledgeable and affirming of diverse populations including TG/GNB/GNC, LGB, Queer, Genderqueer, Kink/BDSM, Poly/CNM, Sex Workers, Alternative Relationships, Chosen Families, Straight, Monogamous, and more.

(Note: Dr. Deb is not medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist. She is a licensed psychotherapist who also holds a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Education.)


My Commitment: Sex, Sexuality, Gender, and Relationship Affirming

My practice is your safe haven — however you define your sex, gender, and sexuality, whatever your sexual practices, and whatever type of relationship or family you are in or want to be in. You will be treated with respect and support by everyone here. We are not going to try to change who you are, but instead we will work with you to achieve mindfulness and clarity, maximize healthy connections and decrease obstacles so that you get what you want out of life, intimacy, and relationships.

I and everyone working at my practice are not merely “welcoming” or “accepting,” but actually Knowledgable and Affirming of diverse identities, practices, orientations, and relationship constellations.  We have worked for years supporting Non Monogamous and Monogamous individuals and relationships, LGB, Straight, Transgender, Cisgender, Queer, Questioning, Genderqueer, Intersex, Kink/BDSM, Sex Workers, and relationships/family constellations ranging from typical to Alternative. We never, ever pathologize identities and consensual practices.  All identities and orientations are honored, understood, and supported in this psychotherapy practice.

The practice of Rev. Dr. Deb Berman is a proud supporting member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and a member of the Manhattan Alternative community.

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I forward to working together to help you make real, tangible and lasting changes in your life!

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