Professional, Compassionate, and Dynamic Counseling Services

Debra Truskinoff, LICSWWelcome to Debra Truskinoff’s  psychotherapy website

 Debra uses mindfulness as a touchstone in her work for treatment of PTSD, post-traumatic-stress disorder, and other symptoms.

Symptoms of PTSD include:  panic, shame, agitation, feeling of numbness or disconnection,reacting from old distorted beliefs, insomnia, hypervigillance.

Heart-Centered Psychotherapy allows you to:

    • Experience an open heart
    • Live proactively, making choices, rather than reacting
    • Experience more ease
    • Access emotions
    • Become more embodied

“It is also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now, with its aches and its pleasures-is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully aware, fully alive.”
Pema Chodrin

Heart-Centered Psychotherapy is a process of healing, engaging, relearning skills, and restoring equilibrium.  Working with Somatic Experiencing as a touchstone, involves working to lower activation in the nervous system.  The movement happens to reduce activation at a cellular level, accessing a felt-sense of one’s trauma.

Tired of talk therapy?  Tired of being stuck?  Come experience the depth of your true essence and learn how to access and release the pain locked in your body.  Debra’s work with Somatic Experiencing (SE) deepens the experience of therapy, allowing for the release of traumatic stress, shame, grief, and anger that reside in the nervous system.  This work enables you to get beyond your story, that you know only too well; this allows for the natural vitality and curiosity you were born with to return.

Debra integrates SE with EMDR and psychodynamic relational work, offering mindfulness as the core of her work.  Psycho-education is offered to learn how to befriend the pain that has held you back, gently defining the course of the work together as a team.  She empowers you to decide how far you want to go in this work.

*Accessing information in the body

*Understanding and experiencing emotions

*Moving from stuck negative beliefs

*Deeping a relationship with oneself and others

Having worked with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community for as long as she’s been in private practice, Debra reflects her understanding and awareness of the cultural issues, oppression, and their impact on relationships with self, as well as with others.   Diverse sexual orientations are validated and understood.  The gender queer community is welcome.

Compassionate, supportive, empowering, and dynamic” have been  used to describe Debra’s work.

Located:  Northampton, MA.  Serving Easthampton, Florence, Holyoke, Amherst, Hadley, and the surrounding Pioneer Valley area.


Contact Debra at 413-320-6813 or email at

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