Debbie Butler MS, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
I work from the fundamental belief that all individuals have the capacity to effectively deal with any challenge in their lives given the right tools and support. I am passionate about strengthening people and relationships through the exploration of family and interpersonal dynamics. I help individuals, couples and families improve and understand their relationships by providing a safe and non-judgmental setting.
I work with couples who are in conflict, have communication and parenting issues. I also do premarital counseling. My practice includes working with women who are working on identity issues, self-esteem, boundaries, co-dependency, domestic violence, and their partner's infidelity including pornography.
As a certified Medical Family Therapist I specialize in working with individuals and families who are struggling with cancer, those living with HIV and other chronic illnesses, and end of life issues. I am a member of the AAMFT and AACC.
Areas of Expertise
Additional Focus Areas
Anxiety or fears
Chronic pain or illness
Loss or grief
Trauma and PTSD
My path to becoming a therapist started with my training to become a Stephen Minister through my church. During this time I also took some classes on healing my childhood wounds. I also found that listening to another perspective and receiving guidance from a qualified counselor was imperative to my emotional growth. I learned a great deal about what was holding me back from being the person God sees me being.
After doing a lot of work on my own issues, I became passionate about helping others to become emotionally healthy. While my work is influenced by my Christian faith, I work with individuals and couples from all faiths.
I received my undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in Business Education and my Masters of Science from Seattle Pacific University in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also a certified Medical Family Therapist, collaborating with the medical community for improved health outcomes, with a specialty in working with cancer patients and their families. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
For more details, please visit my profile at PsychologyToday.com.
915 118th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
From I-90, take I-405 N (Exit 10)
Enter I-405 N and take the next exit, which is SE 8th St (Exit 12)
At the light, make a left turn onto SE 8th St and continue under I-405
At the 2nd light after going under I-405, turn left onto 118th Ave SE
The Gateway II building is the 2nd driveway on the right.