I earned both my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Auburn University where I concentrated my studies and training on the treatment of children and adolescents. I am fluent in American Sign Language and provide a full array of services to deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as those with cochlear implants. I hold dual licensure as both a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. I have over 30 years of experience as a mental health professional, operating my private practice for the last 20+ years.
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Hi I’m Dr. Lyons, the decision to seek therapy is a difficult one. You are probably in emotional pain, you are probably confused and not sure what to do, you may be concerned that there is a stigma with seeking mental health services, or you may be someone who is ready to reach out and has been ready to reach out for therapy but you don’t know who to call or where to go. Well congratulations to all of you, you are one step closer to getting the help you need. There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a therapist, even if you have a referral from a professional or a close friend, how do you know who to choose and how do you know if they are going to be a good fit for you. I wan to share with you my list of the important things to consider when choosing a physiotherapist. It is the same list I share with my own family members and friends because who you choose as your therapist matters, because your family’s wellbeing depends on it. Here are the three things I want you to look for, dependability, accessibility, and experience. A dependable therapist is a person who will keep their commitments to you, they will be on time they will respect your time, they will earn your trust, and you should have a good experience from the first time the two of you meet. An accessible therapist answers your calls promptly, answers your questions thoughtfully, makes you feel comfortable in the environment as well as in the relationship between the two of you. You should always expect to have your therapists full and undivided attention whenever the two of you are together. One thing that makes me different from some of my collogues is that you will get a lot of personal attention in my practice, because I don’t have any other staff all of your needs and concerns will be handled by me directly and very personally. Experience is the most important criteria when looking for a therapist, the more experience a therapist has the more finely tuned their skills and that means better treatment for you. An experienced therapist knows how to make you feel safe, supported, and heard. An experienced therapist knows how to help your child or adolescent feel comfortable and safe in the environment and want to come back and continue doing their therapy. You should feel respected and your concerns and needs should also be respected, so that you will be in a better place when you finish your therapy work. I you are ready to get started and you liked what your heard or if you have questions that I haven’t answered yet I’d be delighted to speak to you, please give me a call.
Hi, my name is Dr. Lyons. My name sign is “D” “L”. A lot of people are curious and ask me, “Where did you get your name sign?” That’s really a very interesting story and I’m happy to share it with you when we get together. I’m a psychologist and I work with deaf people of all ages, including children, teen-agers, and adults. I help people with marital problems, divorce issues, depression, anxiety, basically any emotional problem that you have that needs help I can assist with. Because I’m skilled in sign language, you don’t need to hire an interpreter for your counseling appointments. That’s a big advantage because it makes the therapy much more private. And it makes it easier for you to set up appointments because scheduling only depends on your schedule and my schedule. A lot of people wonder, “How often will I have to come to therapy, and how long will I have to continue my therapy?” Really, that depends on your specific circumstances and the depth of the problems that you are experiencing. But, usually people come every week to an appointment that lasts about 45-50 minutes. It’s important to me that you have a good experience in therapy and I want you to feel supported by me. I want you to feel safe in therapy. I want you to feel that you are getting my complete attention and that you are being listened to. I want you to feel respected by me, and your concerns should also be respected. You don’t have to worry about interacting with other hearing people in my practice. It’s just me here. There’s no assistant, no secretary. Any time you contact me I will contact you back directly. It’s the two of us working together helping you to reach your therapy goals and to feel better! Thank you. I hope to talk to you soon.
Dr. Deborah S. Lyons is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology located in Austin, Texas.
4310 Medical Parkway Suite 103
Austin, Texas 78756