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Debra M. Briesacher
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
1036 Leff Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 785-0967, Fax: (805) 785-0967
Appointments: (805) 440-4017
LMFT #37348



I have a diverse psychological treatment background, which has allowed me to specialize in addictions and trauma, and how they affect individuals, families and the workplace.




 2000-Present           Debi Briesacher Consulting (owner-private practice)
 1036 Leff Street, San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
 LMFT #37348

I specialize in clients referred due to issues with addictions and trauma in their family (alcohol, drugs, food, sexual, co-dependency, love, gambling addictions, and any compulsions or obsessions). I treat couples having problems with communications.  I am a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and my bias is towards helping couples stay together.  I love working with children and teens, and I am able to develop a good rapport with them.  I am a Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, AASECT Sex Therapist, and anEMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitivation Reprocessing).  I am an expert witness for court cases involving Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, and Sexual Addictions and Compulsions.  I also offer coaching to individuals and organizations.


                                Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA
    Masters in Counseling Psychology
    Degree: 1995 

                                        The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
Two years of doctoral study completed in Clinical
    Attended: 1990-1992 

                                        Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
    Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
    Minor:  Human Resource Management
    Degree: 1988

                                        University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
    Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
    Minor:  Psychology
    Magna Cum Laude
Degree: 1982



                             Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-
California - 2000

Licensed/Certified Hypnotherapist - 1999

Approved Board of Behavioral Sciences CEU
Provider – 2004



2007        AASECT Sex Therapist.  American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and             Therapists.

2005        EMDR.  (Eye Movement Desensitivation Reprocessing)

2005        Certified Imago Therapist. Imago Institute International.

2003        Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT)

      1999         Certified and Registered Hypnotherapist  (CHT)

      1996          Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy Certification.  (CPT)



          2006              AASECT Sexologist (American Association of Sexuality
Educators, Counselors and Therapists) supervised by
Stephen L. Braveman, MA, LMFT, DST.

 2005              The Broken Bond:  Attachment Disorders as a Precursor to Addictive Behavior – SASH.

 2002                           The Neurobiology of Addictions - Peter Martin

2002                            In the Shadow of the Net:  An Online Demonstration of Assessment and Treatment of Cybersex, Part I & II - David Delmonico and Elizabeth Griffin - NCSAC 

2002               Attachment, Money and Sex - Bonnie DenDooven - NCSAC 

2002                Sex and Young America Video Course:  

                        1.         The Message of Sexualized Youth Culture

                        2.         Media Youth Culture

                        3.         Questions about Sex

                        4.         The Confusion Surrounding Virginity

                        5.         The Internet

                        6.         Boundaries Tips and Tools


2002                Brain Pathways:  At the Heart of Drug Dependence - Jeffrey Fortuna, DrPH.

 1987                Intervention Training, Mike Meager Nova Vita Associates 

1985                Utilizing Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children - Eliania Gill.




            2/2007         Therapists and Money.  Presented at the 2007 International
                                    Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) International
                                    Conference in Mesa, AZ.

            2/2007          Clients and Money.  Presented at the 2007 International
                                    Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) International
                                    Conference in Mesa, AZ.    

            9/2003          Task-Oriented Treatment for Partners of Sexual
                                    Addicts and Offenders.  Presented at the 2003
                                    National Counsel on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
                                    (NCSAC) National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.   

6/2003          Task-Oriented Treatment for Partners of Sexual
Addicts and Offenders
. Presented at the 2003 American
Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Trainers
(AASECT) National Conference  in Las Vegas, NV.   

1995                NBC - The Oprah Winfrey Show “Reuniting with Foster Parents”.



           1993-present    California Association of Marriage and Family
                                        Therapists  (CAMFT)

            2003-Present   American Association of Marriage and Family
                                        Therapists (AAMFT)

            2003-Present   American Association of Sexuality Educators,
                                        Counselors and  Therapists (AASECT) 

            2002-Present   Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health
                                        (SASH), (formerly NCSAC)

            1999-Present   American Board of Hypnotherapists (ABH) 

            2005-Present   EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) 

            2005-Present   Imago International Institute