Debra Whittam, MSEd, LPC, CCDPD, CAADP, CT, IC&RC
I am a licensed professional counselor treating clients aged 14 through adult; specializing in anxiety, depression, addiction and grief. I have multiple years of experience working with addictions treatment in an outpatient and inpatient setting, as well as treating trauma and abuse, anxiety, OCD, and depression. I enjoy working with clients, their families and the family dynamic dealing with grief, loss and its impact on addiction. I published my first book, “Am I Going To Be Okay? Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness, Addiction and Grief” in March of 2016 and most recently published, “Everything That’s Been Waiting”. Currently, I facilitate two support groups, “Pleaser’s Club” which deals with people saying ‘yes’ when they really mean ‘no’ and “Grief Club” which deals with bereavement. I attended Duquesne University, graduating with an MSEd in Counseling Psychology as well as hold specialty certifications of CCDPD (Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat), CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and CT (Certified Thanatologist) specialist in grief and loss.
Currently I see clients at Cranberry Psychological Center as well as in my private practice. To contact me for further information or to make an appointment, please call me at 412-585-4649 or email me email@example.com.
Ms. Debra Whittam received two first place awards and two honorable mentions in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Competition for her recently published book, Am I Going to Be Okay? Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Grief. She won first place for First Time Author, Non-Fiction and first place in Inspirational/Self-Help. The Honorable Mentions she received were for Best Cover Design and Biography/Autobiography/Memoir. Whittam’s book was published by Turning Point International, Las Vegas.
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AM I GOING TO BE OKAY?
AM I GOING TO BE OK?
Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness,
Addiction and Grief
Am I Going To Be Okay? is a thought provoking true life story of growing up in a family riddled with mental illness and addiction and the effect it had on the children during their formative years. It touches profoundly on the relationship between family fears and frustrations and how they affect a person's level of self-esteem. The author, Debra Whittam, a licensed,practicing mental health therapist casts an unashamed light on her shame-based childhood and subsequent decent into her own sea of addiction, loneliness and denial as well as the steps she took for recovery and wellness. This is a story that will be helpful to all who might need to throw off fear and frustration and gain the courage and self-confidence to produce positive changes in their lives. Read Chapter 1
Everything That's Been Waiting cuts at the heart of the words people in our life say and the implications they have that often go unsaid for years. Grappling with these words, Debra recalls stories from her adolescence that shaped her own lifelong struggles with self-image and addiction. Only once she understood that the most powerful form of intimacy is honesty, could she truly break free from the looming patterns that followed her throughout her life.
Everything That's Been Waiting
The most powerful form of intimacy is honesty.
EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN WAITING
“The terrible cycle of wounded children becoming wounded parents who have never learned how to love is broken when Whittam chooses a path of understanding and forgiveness. She shows us that the difficult choice of compassion over resentment is not so difficult, after all.”
S.L. GORE, AUTHOR
ONE LIFE IS
“Am I Going To Be Okay? is effectively written so that we are able to experience what it is like to come from a background of dysfunction, mirroring many of its negative behaviors and choices as we age, to ultimately embracing the power, beauty and essence of who we are and what we have to offer others. Whittam is to be congratulated for demonstrating that we do, indeed, have the power to create the life we want.”
This is a powerful book. I hear so much of my own self-doubt in her words, so much of not just “will I be okay?” but, is it even possible for someone like me to ever be okay? It took great courage for her to write this book. It will definitely change lives.