Debra Payne, PhD, LCSW

(she / her / hers)
Preferred Name: Debra

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

Online Therapy

About Me

Debra Payne, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW is a Certified EMDR Therapist, Consultant-in-Training, and HAP Facilitator-in-Training. She is also a life coach who specializes in ADHD. Debra earned her MSW from Boise State University and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. Debra has years of coaching, teaching, and counseling experience. She currently works in Substance Use at Davis Behavioral Health in Layton, Utah, and also has her own practice (See ) Debra likes to snowshoe, hike, travel, sew, and write.

Education & Experience

Experience as a therapist -- specialties include EMDR, CBT, and DBT Experience as a coach -- specialty includes Academic and ADHD coaching Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Minnesota MSW in Social Work, Boise State University MA in English, New Mexico State University BA in English and Spanish, Weber State University

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Coach: Stand Beside Them, Inc. Jan 2018 - Jan. 2021 · Jan 2018 - 2021 Area Director: Toastmasters International Jul 2018 - Jul 2019 Coach and Mentor: People Helping People of Utah Utah Nov 2015 - Oct 2017 Tutor: America Reads (Summer Program)America Reads Jun 2010 - Jul 2015

Specialty Area

  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gender Identity
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Spirituality
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • UnitedHealth

Select Health, EMI, Health Utah/Motiv Health, PEHP