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Professional support from someone who's been there.

"Mommy. It's just one thing you don't want to mess up."
Deborah Woods is fiercely committed to empowering moms and kids.
If you're looking for a proven professional to guide you through childhood challenges that stand in the way of your child's happiness, you've come to the right place. With more than 30 years of experience working with real parents with similar worries and concerns, guiding them to achieve remarkable results, my mission and commitment is to equip parents and kids with the tools they need to be happy and close.
Facing overwhelming struggles in my own childhood and as a mom, I was determined to find answers that worked for my family and for my clients. Despite all the challenges we faced as a family, the loving connection my son, my husband, and I now share, stands as a shining example of what's possible.
Clients say remarkable things about the impact my work has on their kids and families. Here are some of the things my clients have said:
“Words cannot express the gratitude my wife and I have for Deborah!” Brad, St. Charles, MO
“Deborah has not only helped me feel more equipped to respect my girls’ feelings while setting appropriate limits for their behaviors, but she has also empowered me to respect my OWN feelings and set appropriate boundaries for myself.  I wish I had had these skills 15 years ago, when my kids were little and parenting was so much more challenging.  It is a crying shame that I lived for so long feeling like a bad mom, but I feel incredibly grateful to have these skills now and it is an absolute privilege to recommend Deborah to others.” Virginia, St. Louis, MO
“Deborah’s gentle care and support were indispensable through a time that would have otherwise been traumatic.” Jamie, St. Charles, MO
“Deborah has been instrumental in helping our daughter recover from a very difficult time in her life.  I would recommend her services to anyone seeking a compassionate listener that can assist children in the most difficult situations life can present.” Tony, St. Louis, MO

"You’re never prepared for situations that bring you to therapy. I felt like I should have known how to properly help her through that situation. I didn’t understand a lot of stuff until I got the training. We both needed this play therapy." Rachel, St. Louis, MO

My passion is the result of years of tears, tantrums, research and study. I had to prove for myself that the evidence behind the strategies would get the results they promised. I combined strong credentials and professional training, with experience and resolve to get lasting changes. I have deep respect and gratitude for the parents and kids who have been my teachers and companions on the journey.
You can feel confident choosing me to help your family achieve the family closeness and joy you’re longing to have. Over the years, my expertise has been honored with distinctions, including a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling, a National Counselor Board-Certification and State of Missouri License in Professional Counseling.
Five things about me and my experience that might surprise and delight you – while serving our work together:
  • I've successfully raised a HARD to PARENT child who has become a brilliant man I am proud to call MY SON!
  • I’ve worked with hundreds of kids and spent more than 15,000 hours playing with kids in my own unique brand of play therapy.
  • I've completed more than 100 hours of training in play therapy including an intensive 2 year training program and supervision in child-centered play therapy.
  • I'm deeply devoted to helping kids have happy childhoods because I didn’t. I know how to heal from childhood trauma because I have not only healed but have gone on to live a wonderful and flourishing adult life.
  • I've created a unique program for parents that reveals step by step the methods used by professional child centered play therapists. In the comfort of their own homes, parents are equipped to create life-changing, relationship-building experiences with their children in just 30 minutes a week.
Your child matters and so do you. Let’s hop on a call to continue the conversation. Call me at 636-795-3155 to schedule your free get acquainted conversation TODAY.