Debra K. Hirschberg, LCSW

Debra K. Hirschberg View Specialties

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • 12N393 Waughon, Hampshire, Illinois, 60140
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Crystal Lake, 60014
      185 Heritage Dr. #1
      Crystal Lake, 60014
  • Phone: 847-612-4309
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My hope for you is that you will feel safe and respected so that we can work together to help you find freedom from the struggles you are facing. I am committed to finding creative and grace filled solutions so you can experience joy and freedom again. I utilize a Christian approach in my work but I am respectful of all faiths and journeys. Because I am committed to finding ways to help you get "unstuck", I  offer a unique combination of traditional and alternative therapies. More traditionally, comprehensive Assessment and Diagnostic services, ADD and ADHD Testing, Coaching, Tutoring, and Traditional Counseling Services for Individuals, Children, Teens, Families and Couples struggling with marriages are offered in office. But in addition to these, I integrate alternative approaches such as art, play and equine assisted psychotherapy for those who do not respond well to traditional therapy .

Hope Reins is the division of my practice that provides alternative therapy to individuals, couples, groups, and families therapy using horses. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a type of psychotherapy that uses horses to help provide an experience of change. Rather than talk about change or retell difficult experiences, Hope Reins offers opportunities to try new and creative solutions to the patterns in your life that is causing the“stuckness”. Your strengths and weaknesses quickly emerge without the need to talk about it. When what you are doing doesn't work, the horses give immediate and clear feedback. They don't lie. Horses are particulary good at giving feedback about leadership, social skills, communication, boundaries and one’s body language. This offers you or your loved one real life opportunities to work on core emotional skills that research shows leads to success. (All activities are ground based, no riding or experience needed)

Training:         Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. She graduated from University of Illinois with Honors in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Between her undergraduate and graduate training, she worked as an Addictions Counselor and then as an Adolescent Mental Health Counselor.  Her passion for children and teens led her back to school to  specialize in marital and family therapy at UIC. In 1990, Debra graduated with Honors from Jane Addams College of Social Work.  Having an unwavering desire to provide therapy that was effective, Debra began to explore alternative therapies to help those clients she felt she wasn't reaching. She began to integrate art therapy and discovered wilderness and equine assisted psychotherapy. In October 2003, she earned her  certification from EAGALA as a Clinical Specialist in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and founded Hope Reins. 

 While Debra loves being a therapist, the truth is that she really, really loves being a wife to her husband of 27 years and a mother to her three teen girls. They along with a sweet mutt named Juliet and a fiesty little kitty named Jasmine live in an old Victorian that is forever being "fixed up". She attends Willow Creek Community Church and is wildly grateful that Jesus loves her and never gives up on fixing her up either.



Debra K. Hirschberg Reaches

Hampshire IL