Five Star Rating
Dr. Debora Phillips treats her patients to therapeutic sessions that have become an art form in her hands. Her treatments are short term with the desired “cure” the actual outcome. Her empathy and skill are apparent from one’s first encounter. For many of us life has been made possible and richer because of her. ~J.B.
A Therapist’s Therapist
I had been to three therapists when my heart was broken, but it wasn’t until I got to Dr. Phillips that she could actually cure my broken heart using straight forward behavior therapy techniques. She is direct but warm, systematic but empathic, and did a lot to raise my self-esteem after others had failed. I myself am a psychiatrist, and was highly impressed with her skills because she is goal oriented rather than a therapist who listens to childhood and adolescent patterns. Dr. Phillips has been shown to be effective as a maverick in her field. ~M.R.
Life-Long and Practical
I got to know Debora Phillips as a teenager, as a volunteer for the End Teen Cruelty organization. Phillips based her program for pre-teens off a book she wrote for parents, “How to Give Your Child a Great Self-Image.” In the two years I spent working as a high school trainer for middle-school kids I became intimately familiar with and enthusiastic about her approach. Watching pre-teens benefit from her work I began to see her practical techniques as one of many important vitamins for kids, part of the village it takes to produce well-adjusted adults. For years Dr. Phillip’s use of practical use of Behavior Therapy as a self-image building tool collected dust in my head, my training remained intact but seemed to no longer have a relevance in my life. It was only recently, when I took on the task of managing half-a-dozen people at my job environment, that I realized the real importance of a practical approach to self-image.
As a manager in the corporate world my sole objective is to bring out the best in my direct reports and to teach them to recognize and bring out the best in themselves. This would be absolutely impossible without the specific, genuine positive reinforcement and empathy Phillips taught me. Phillips’ brilliance is in recognizing that these skills are so important they ought to be taught in school. A decade ago I always saw ETC as a self-confidence focused anti-bullying program – a program designed to help kids with one of their growing pains. What I realize now is that Phillips’ approach is really about building life skills, a belief that important life skills should be taught early on and used throughout life. ~M.B.
Getting Over It and Getting On With It
I was first introduced to the world-changing work of Dr. Phillips when after going through a very bad breakup (I had just come out of the closet and falling in love for the first time, only to discover that my boyfriend was sleeping with half the city!), a dear friend gave me her book, “How to Fall Out of Love” and it was unlike anything I had ever read before. Rather than taking years to process the deluge of bad feelings of betrayal and longing I was having, she outlined a simple and easy way to recondition my mind, so that I could move away from the feelings that imprisoned me, and move towards new relationships and good feelings. It really was a god-send, since I couldn’t do anything but obsess about me ex and wish for some reconciliation. Then to find out, this friend who gave me the book also knew her personally and was able to arrange for me to meet her. I actually never expected that I would have the good fortune to meet her since she is so sought after and renowned for working with some of the most powerful (and famous) people across industries, Hollywood, Wall Street, etc., nor did I think I would ever be able to afford her. But Dr. Phillips is much more than a laser-sharp clinician, she has such a big heart and I was quickly able to see how much her work could help me and I didn’t have to see her for very long, because the tools she taught me in those sessions were so effective that I was quickly able to stand on my own two feet. Much different from other therapists I had tried. And now, I have a new boyfriend (who is worlds better than that first dud!) and I continue to implement Dr. Phillips’ methods whenever I find myself stuck in an obsessive, unhealthy thought pattern. She changed my life! ~M.F.
It’s one thing to talk about your behavior forever. It’s another thing to change your behavior, in ways that help you get what you want out of life. Debora Phillips is the rare professional who can help you change your behavior! In months, not decades. ~F.B.
A Gifted Healer
I can’t imagine a more empathetic, gentler listener than Debora Phillips. Couple this with her incredible energy, her resourcefulness and creative gifts as a healer, and you’ll find a really special therapist. Debora has a unique ability to affirm and call forth the best in you and has years of pioneering clinical experience to draw on. Her love of life is infectious, her warmth and caring a balm to anguish. A pleasure! ~M.E.F.
Even in Sunny Times
Dr. Phillips is the best listener on the planet. She gives practical, relevant suggestions that keep me coming back even when things are already going well. Knowing her has had a long term positive impact on my life. ~Y.F.
Debora Phillips is the epitome of what one expects when working with a trusted advisor: present, personnal,and very insightful. Dr Phillips’s feedback is both practical and actionable and comes from a very deep well of experience. ~F.J.
Knowledgeable Sex Therapist
I had the privilege of studying with Dr. Phillips when I was a graduate student. She taught a seminar in treatment of sexual dysfunction, which was widely regarded by the interns in psychology as one of the highlights of our training. She was highly knowledgeable and personable. I’ve not had the opportunity to see her in therapy myself, but her input on our cases was so helpful that I cannot but believe that she would be an excellent therapist for anyone experiencing sexual dysfunction. ~A.G.
I have known Dr. Phillips for more than 7 years. In addition to her exceptional qualifications as a therapist, she has an unwavering commitment to human rights and human dignity. She is highly compassionate and extremely caring. Debora is always concerned about the well-being of others and will go to any length to help those she can. On a scale of 5, I will give her 6 stars. ~R.A.
A Doctor for the Ages
Dr. Phillips is a doctor in every sense of the word — compassionate, genuine, and extremely helpful. She truly cares about my well-being and is a master at listening and empathizing without judging. Her feedback, which stems from years and years of experience, is always insightful, practical and wise. Her presence is calming, her style comforting, and her mind…sharp and witty. ~N.A.
No One Else Like Her
Dr. Debora Phillips is the epitome of everything I could have possibly needed in a therapist. She has a mastery of her field – behavior therapy - and a rich history of developing first-of-their-kind techniques to combat historically entrenched behavioral and psychological challenges. Beyond the impact she’s had on the world of behavior therapy, she is an avid pioneer with a keen ability to translate her visions into tangible actions. Perhaps one of her greatest accomplishments was the creation of the End Teen Cruelty nonprofit, (in which I was a student) the Country’s first national response to the tragedies at Columbine High School in Colorado. The organization’s mission was to arm students with self-confidence building behavior therapy tools. She was a champion for this cause, much like she is for whichever endeavors are lucky to have her on board. Dr. Phillips has unparalleled intuition and abilities to understand people from all backgrounds. She is a leader and a consensus builder, and myself and everyone else who is fortunate enough to work with her is all the better. ~S.S.
Other 5 Star Ratings for Dr. Debora Phillips
It is my personal experience that a FIVE STAR evaluation would just barely give an idea of how I rate Dr. Debora Philips as a therapist. What follows then just begins to describe some of her many exceptional attributes.
FIRST STAR for SKILLS – As a therapist, Dr. Phillips has a skill set that enabled me to identify crucial personal issues at multiple times in my life. Each time she helped me find empowering tools that led me to deal with my challenges in healthier ways. Those experiences led to transformational and positive shifts in my behavior; in other words, I am now leading a more productive and happier life! These positive changes have not been unique to me as I personally know a good many others who have told me their lives were also dramatically changed with her help.
SECOND STAR for WISDOM – Dr. Phillips is extremely smart but I have found that cleverness is not sufficient for a therapist to be effective. She also brought extraordinary insight and pragmatic good sense to our sessions as she guided me through the work I needed to do. I believe that powerful combination of traits reflects her ability to understand what is really important in life and from her accumulated professional experience and successes.
THIRD STAR for CREATIVITY – Dr. Phillips bought a nimble analytical mind to solving an array of problems that I asked her to help me address. She developed a customized strategy for our sessions but it is key that she was also able to spontaneously adjust and adapt her techniques when treatment flexibility could bring me closer to successful outcomes.
FOURTH STAR for FOCUS – As a goal-oriented problem solver, she looked intently for doable solutions for my issues. She worked on finding an efficient and practical treatment path that I could follow in order to make positive and needed changes in as short a time period as was possible. Our sessions were intense and fruitful; we didn’t waste time and I was very encouraged when I realized that I could aim for success.
FIFTH STAR for GENEROSITY of SPIRIT – Dr. Phillips is a caring and compassionate person. She supported and nourished my spirit as we worked but it was also clear that at her core, she cares deeply – about people. It is her joy to see tribulations lifted and lives improved wherever and whenever possible. That is how she lives her life; she has dedicated herself to helping humanity. ~ A grateful and healthier patient.
We tried conventional therapy and medications for my teen daughter’s anxiety issues, but felt like we were getting nowhere. A friend recommended Dr. Phillips, who worked with my daughter and the entire family to come up with concrete positive action plans that worked for all of us. Her empathy, her behavior therapy techniques combined with a can do attitude were just what we all needed. She focused a great deal on self-image work with my daughter, who is now flourishing.
Dr. Debora Phillips is wonderful. She’s smart, kind and understanding. Best of all, she really got to the heart of my problem quickly. I thought I’d come to a dead end in 12 years of traditional therapy but “quick as a wink” Dr. Phillips opened the door and I never looked back. We talked about my childhood as part of her intensive history-taking, and then she just zoomed in on what my problem was and got to work to solve it. Highly recommended.
Dr. Debora Phillips is a person who listens, focuses and HEARS what you are saying. Then, with her years of experience and knowledge is able to actually help bring about the change you desire. And she cares a lot. Dr. Phillips has a wonderful understanding of the human condition and an especially astute insight into the relationship between men and women. She saved my marriage.
No therapist (I have seen many) until Dr. Phillips, was able to do anything significant about my childhood trauma of sexual abuse. Dr. Phillips’ sensitivity and expertise in trauma work with me has enabled me, for the first time, to affirm my gay sexuality and my self-esteem. She has also helped me to reduce my generalized anxiety, though that will never be perfect, to a very manageable level through her very specific behavior therapy techniques including silent ridicule. 5 stars (I would give her five galaxies if I could).
Dr. Phillips is wise, warm and understanding. Even more, she has an underlying empathy: She grasps my vulnerabilities and circumstances and has the knowledge and ability to help me change what is making me unhappy or uncomfortable and helping me to learn adaptive, in place of un-adaptive, ways of dealing with myself and others. I have so much for which to thank her. She has made it possible for my family to communicate in a loving manner, whereas before her work with us, there was only discord. In a rating system from one to five, with five being the very best, I give her a five.
I am a Vietnamese American, who is still unfamiliar with the American mindset. There are so many aspects of interpersonal relationship that I don’t understand. There was time that I tried to figure out why there were problems with my relationships, and all my reasons came to no reasonable explanation. I was preoccupied in my own thinking without escape. Fortunately, Dr. Debora Phillips gave me the answers I sought for so long. What I appreciate most was the fact that she has the understanding and view across the cultural and gender barriers. Her patience and insightful answers to my numerous questions regarding my personal relationships changed the way I think and act. Her guidance has served as the springboard for me to gain the confidence and maturity in order to better create and maintain my interpersonal relationships.
Throughout the years, Dr. Phillips has helped me significantly on several occasions during times of crisis. I always followed her advice because it emanated from her vast knowledge and ability. And who can resist her vibrant energy and her help to reach one’s dream and grow intellectually? Thank-you, Dr. Phillips