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Debbie Portner, M.A., LPCC-S




Together, we can find hope in the journey towards healing. I will help you discover your personal strengths and nurture your relationships in order to encourage you to live life to its fullest.

Philosophy of Counseling


I believe we are sometimes broken by what happens in our lives. Entering into counseling shows courage and is one of the first steps you can take to move from brokenness to health and wholeness. I am committed to meeting you where you are with caring and respect. I will walk with you through this difficult time and help you find balance and strength in your life. I will create an open, comfortable, and accepting environment, and I will challenge you to grow in the face of adversity. We will work together to find the hope, encouragement, and positive resources that you need to face life with greater courage, wisdom, and strength.

Education and Credentials


LPCC-S: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, State of Ohio (E4228-SUPV)with Supervision credentials
M.A.: Master of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Ashland Theological Seminary
B.A.: Bachelor of Arts in Bio-Psychology, The College of Wooster

Professional and Community Involvement


I am active in my community through parenting groups, professional organizations and church. I have been involved in leadership and have experience facilitating groups through MOPS, OCCL (Ohio Child Conservation League) and church as a small group leader. I serve my community as a board member of the Ashland Christian Health Center. My clinical experience includes working with young children, adolescents and adults in individual, marriage, family, and group counseling settings. Professionally, I am a member of American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). I am also a member of the Ohio Counselors Association (OCA) and the Ohio Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (OACES). I am committed to helping clients gain the strength they need to conquer life's major obstacles.




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502 Claremont Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805
419-289-1876