About Sunlight Counseling Services

Deborah Perry is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Deborah graduated from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and received a B.S. in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She was a Collaborating Clinician Investigator in the Field Trials for the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Deborah has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families faced with a variety of life stresses such as attention deficit disorder, phobias, anger issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, bereavement, marital problems, divorce, homelessness, incarcerated women, and financial strain. She also has received specialized training in sexual violence and crisis intervention, completed training in working with military families dealing with stress and the impacts of war-related trauma, is certified in reality therapy and has training and experience in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), she specializes in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as other traumas, anxiety, depression, and a variety of other disorders. She is also a Counseling Services for Fire Fighters Certified Clinician.

Deborah relocated to Victoria, MN in 2021 to be near family. She started her own private practice in 2009 in West Dundee, Illinois, and owned a practice in Waukesha, WI 2017-2021. Prior to 2009, Deborah worked at a group practice, has worked in a community health center as a behavioral health therapist and served the under-resourced who were experiencing multiple difficult life concerns. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), and the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). Deborah currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW MN), and was a past member on the NASW IL and NASW WI Boards. Deborah is also a current member of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis.

In her spare time, Deborah enjoys swimming and spending time with her husband, Keith, and their two sons and their families, including 6 grandchildren.