Hello, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with
teens, adults, couples, and families. I graduated from Loyola Marymount
University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and I have a Master's
Degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology with an
Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I have a broad base of experience spanning over 20 years in the field of psychology, having worked with adults with severe problems, substance use issues, development disorders, behavioral problems, relationship problems and life challenges such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. This experience was enhanced while I worked as the Program Manager for Specialized Health Services. It continued when I was selected to be the Center Director for Southern California’s first Mental Health Rehabilitation Center run in partnership between Phoenix Programs and Ventura County. I was responsible for the start of this unique facility offering a wide variety of services from a multi-disciplinary team.
I then transitioned to work for Ventura County Behavioral Health in the Youth and Families Division specializing in work with teens as a school and clinic-based therapist. When the law changed that previously required the County to be the provider for school-based therapy, a local school district requested that I assist them in developing and then managing their own mental health program.
I am very proud of the respect I have gained from these agencies that recruited me to lead their programs, as well as their trust in my level of knowledge and experience in mental/behavioral health. This led me to wanting to provide more to our community with more flexibility and to serve a greater variety of people. As a result I expanded to a full-time private practice that I had been managing part-time while working in my previous positions.
In my private practice over the past decade, I have worked with teens, adults and couples in Individual, Couples and Family Therapy. Please call me to ask about fees. Insurance reimbursement may be available on an out-of-network basis. I also offer reduced hourly rates for those in financial need, as well as evening and weekend appointments.
I can be reached at 805-583-3976 x 777.
Families Counseling is owned by Deborah Tucker, M.A., M.F.T. (Lic. #ML 17142).. Each of the practitioners in this office is a sole-proprietor, which means that the professional is in business for himself or herself. Deborah Tucker DBA Families Counseling is not a partnership, a joint venture, a professional corporation, or any other form of business organization with any of the other practitioners in this suite of offices
Each therapist's practice is separate, and each is solely and entirely responsible for any liabilities resulting from that practice.