Deborah Lawton, LPC, RPT

Preferred Name: Deborah

Online Therapy

About Me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). I provide culturally inclusive therapeutic services in a group private practice. My work with clients includes issues related to anxiety, depression/mood disorders, trauma, abuse and neglect, veteran issues and moral injury, child behavior and parenting, self-harm, attachment, relationships, stress, and gender identity.

Education & Experience

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, University of Texas Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of Maryland In addition to EMDR, I am specially trained in sand & play therapies, expressive arts, Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have clinical experience working with children, teens & adults in a variety of settings, including: inpatient hospitals; partial hospitalization programs; intensive in-home services; and outpatient clinical settings. I regularly attend trainings and workshops to further develop my clinical skills and knowledge base, and to stay abreast of best practices and research in the field. I participate in several consultation groups and focused study groups.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

American Counseling Association; Association for Play Therapy; Northern VA Licensed Professional Counselors (Newsletter) Virginia Association for Play Therapy (Board of Directors, Secretary)

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Gender Identity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Sliding Scale