Deborah Hereld, LCSW

Deborah Hereld

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

Whether you are an individual seeking support, or a parent seeking help for your child, I am here to help you explore your strengths, deepen your relationships, and find joy. Together we will identify challenges and creatively move through them, leading to an increased sense of connection, well-being, and confidence.

Name: Deborah Hereld, LCSW
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Phonetic pronunciation of name: “DEHB”
Deborah’s role at Evergreen: Clinician

Deborah’s clinical issues/specialties list:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Trauma
  • Birth Trauma
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Complex Trauma
  • C-PTSD
  • Depression
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Grief and Mourning
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Strain
  • Sexual Trauma

The clinical modalities Deborah uses with her clients:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • EMDR
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • TF-CBT
  • Play Therapy

Deborah’s clinical style:

  • Warm, eclectic, client-centered, use humor when indicated, down-to-earth, strengths-based, creative.

Deborah’s therapy services location: In-person in our Berkeley offices.

Why Deborah does this work: I truly enjoy and value the opportunity to help change young lives. In addition to experience working with children and adolescents as a therapist in outpatient and in-home settings, I have a background in the arts (I am a former elementary school music teacher and singer). This background informs my approach to therapy, enabling me to bring to it a sense of creativity. As a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), I recognize that play is the language of children. I believe in the power of therapeutic play to achieve emotional well-being and facilitate change. Children express their challenges, learn to label and manage emotions, increase self-confidence, and develop new ways of interacting with the world through play.  Therapeutic play improves communication and social skills.   I am strongly committed to involving parents in the therapeutic process, as change is most supported in the context of the family. I help parents develop a neuroscience-informed parenting style that emphasizes relationship. In therapy, parents learn and practice new ways of being with their children. My approach is grounded in neuroscience, attachment, developmental and systems theories, is focused on strengths, and is trauma-informed.  I have a down-to-earth, non-judgmental style, and am not afraid to bring humor into sessions at times. I’m genuinely interested in each client and convey that interest to them.

What Deborah feels is the best part of her job: It’s an enormous privilege to facilitate and witness change. Small changes in even one individual lead to an enormous improvement in the lives of the whole family! It’s so wonderful to see families having joyful interactions and re-discovering the love and connection that had been clouded by trauma, defensiveness, and communication struggles. Helping people find their self-worth, improve their ability to self-advocate, set boundaries, and discover their strengths is a joy. When I work with a child, and see over and over again the power of play as an emotional expression and release for them, it’s terrifically rewarding.

How Deborah spends her free time: I have recently moved from Connecticut to California so that I can be an involved grandmother, and I am loving spending time with my toddler grandson and teenage step-grandsons, not to mention my daughter and son-in-law! I am an animal lover, and my hound dog Clara and I are enjoying exploring the wonderful parks in San Francisco.

Deborah’s favorite quote:Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

Deborah’s top trauma recovery resources:

  • EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Dissociation by Ana Gomez, MC, LPC
  • EMDR Toolbox: Theory and Treatment of Complex PTSD and Dissociation by Jim Knipe, Ph.D.

Deborah’s contact information:


Deborah Hereld’s Credentials: 

Deborah’s license(s): Licensed Clinical Social Worker #101440

Deborah’s degrees:

  • University of Bridgeport | B.A. Music | 1987
  • Central Connecticut State University | MS Music Education | 1995
  • Southern Connecticut State University | MSW | 2012

Deborah’s advanced trainings and affiliations:

  • EMDR- Basic Training | Mark Nickerson, EMDR Institute Sponsored | 2021
  • Registered Play Therapist | Association for Play Therapy | 2019
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intensive Training and Certificate | PESI, Instructor John Ludgate, Ph.D. | 2019
  • TF-CBT Training | Child Help Partnership, Instructor Elissa Brown, Ph.D. | 2017
  • The Most Effective Techniques for Treating Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Families | PESI, Instructor Robert Rhoton, PsyD. | 2017
  • Motivational Interviewing | Yale Child Study Center | 2012
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy | Yale Child Study Center | 2012

Available For Therapy in Berkeley and via Online Counseling

Deborah Hereld and Evergreen Counseling serve downtown Berkeley offices, as well as online video counseling for residents of California.


We’re also near the campus of UC Berkeley and are available for students and faculty. 

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