Dr. Deborah A. Braboy

PhD, LPC-S, NCC

Dr. Deborah Braboy is licensed in both Arkansas and Oklahoma as a Licensed Professional Counselor (and Supervisor). She received her PhD in 2013 at Regent University in Counseling Education and Supervision. Her doctoral dissertation study addressed adolescent grief.

When she was just 34 years old, she experienced the unexpected death of her husband and learned about the lonely journey of grief. Being widowed changed her perspective on life and her direction. Four years later she married her husband Keith (also widowed), and their combined experiences were what led to her pursuit of a career in counseling. She attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK for her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Deborah and Keith have blended their family and raised three (now adult) children. Blending a family can be challenging AND rewarding. This experience has provided her with a healthy perspective in working with families who are blended. She is also blessed with two granddaughters – 5 year old Jillian Hope and a newborn Aria Ann.

Dr. Deborah is an assistant professor at Liberty University. She teaches graduate counseling and marriage and family courses. In her practice she works with children, teens, individuals, and couples. One of her passions is working with grieving individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one.

I enjoy traveling, new adventures, and the “journey” which is how I describe the counseling process. This perspective works well because I collaborate with my clients to make their journey healthier, stronger and more rewarding. Clients can at times get stuck and frustrated. It is my job to lend them my courage to help them see the big picture, stay focused, take baby steps and move beyond the obstacles on their path to reaching their potential.

I enjoy partnering with clients to provide them a safe environment in which they experiment with new perspectives, thoughts, and feelings necessary for successful relationships and a healthy self-image. Joy can be birthed from a season of brokenness and beauty can come from ashes. I want to be the hope that is often lost. I am passionate about being present and empathetic to those experiencing pain and brokenness whether it be relationally, through grief, or because of poor choices. Through the use of a strong therapeutic relationship peppered with humor and a dash of tactful confrontation, I have seen healing occur. I count it a privilege for individuals to allow me into their lives and their story.

Qualifications

  • Education – PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision; MS in Counseling Psychology; BS in Criminal Justice/Political Science
  • Life Experiences – I am a daughter, sister, aunt, mother, wife, and Mimi. I have been divorced (single parent), widowed, and lost many whom I have loved. I know the journey of grief and loss well … and the joy that can follow.
  • Professional Experiences – 12 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in agency settings and also private practice
  • Assistant Professor of a graduate counseling/marriage & family program
  • Leadership Fort Smith class of 2016

Fun facts

  • Loves to travel (has been to 18 countries so far)
  • Swam (or I should say floated?) in the Dead Sea
  • Once won a year’s supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat, after competing on a game show
  • Has a “not-so-secret crush” on Peyton Manning
  • Once coordinated the visit of a President of a foreign country (the secret service is NO joke)
  • Has not one, but TWO daughters named Katie Elizabeth
  • True believer in Retail Therapy
  • LOVES to laugh