Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families

Our Team

  • Deborah Lawton LPC

Deborah is a Washington D.C. and Virginia State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Deborah completed her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas. Using talk, play and expressive therapies, Deborah works with children, adolescents, adults and families to address a range of issues, including anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, PTSD, depression, abuse/neglect, self-harm, suicidality, anger, family conflict, attachment, psychosis and thought disorders. She specializes in treating issues related to trauma, neglect and abuse, as well as co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse).

Counseling Experience

Deborah is certified in Co-Occurring Disorders, and is trained in Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment for concurrent substance use and mental health issues. Deborah is currently working towards certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and has specialized training in play therapy, expressive and art therapies, trauma treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and crisis intervention. Deborah is experienced in conducting clinical assessments and in providing individual, group, and family therapy in various settings. She has worked in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings, as well as in community-based and intensive in-home services. Deborah has also managed clinical programs and supervised teams of clinicians providing services to at-risk youth and their families in both Washington D.C. and in Virginia.

Deborah remains active in research by reviewing manuscripts for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and by serving on the Institutional Review Board of the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute.


  1. University of Texas, Edinburg, TX - Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology.
  2. University of Maryland College Park, MD - Bachelor of Arts, English Language & Literature.


  1. Play Therapy (in progress)
  2. Co-occurring Disorders (Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment)
  3. CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention


  1. Lawton, D. M., Gasquoine, P. G., Weimer, A. (2015). Age of dementia diagnosis in community dwelling bilingual and monolingual Hispanic Americans. Cortex, 66, 141-145. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.11.017.
  2. Gasquoine, P. G., Weimer, A., Lawton, D. M. (2016). Bilingualism and age of dementia diagnosis: Methodological Issues. A Reply to Bak, et al., 2015. Cortex, 74, 318-319. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.05.015.

Research Presentations

  1. Lawton, D. M., Gasquoine, P. G. Bilingualism and age of onset of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia in Hispanic-Americans. Presented at the 2014 World Congress of Brain, Behavior & Emotions, Montreal, Canada (Apr. 7-9, 2014).
  2. Lawton, D. M., Gasquoine, P. G. Age of onset of dementia in bilingual versus monolingual Hispanic-Americans: Evidence from the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging. Presented at the UTPA CSBS 8th Annual Research Conference, Edinburg, Texas (Mar. 27, 2014).
  3. Cervantes, E., Lawton, D. M., Rogers, D. L. Self-harm and sexually aggressive tendencies. Presented at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 7th Annual Research Conference. Edinburg, Texas (Apr. 11-13, 2013).
  4. Lawton, D. M, Cervantes, E., Rogers, D. L. Self-harm and sexually aggressive tendencies. Presented at 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Washington, D.C. (May 23-26, 2013).


  1. UTPA 7th Annual Research Conference (2013): Graduate Research Poster Award. "Familismo as protection against deliberate self-harm in Hispanic adolescents."

Professional Service

  1. Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (1/2018-present)
  2. IRB Proposal Reviewer, Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute IRB (1/2018 -present)
  3. Expert Panel: "The Causal Effect of Community-Based Treatment for Youths" Study (11/16-1/2017)
  4. Board of Directors, Discovery School (4/2012-7/2014)
  5. Proposal Reviewer, APS Student Research Awards and UTPA Undergraduate Research Initiative (2012 - 2013)
  6. Counselor, PhoneFriend of Prevent Child Abuse Metro DC (2001-2002)


  1. Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, Clinical Member (2017-present)
  2. Association for Play Therapy, Clinical Member (2017-present)
  3. American Counseling Association (2017-present)
  4. American Psychological Association, Associate Member (2012-2015)

Contact Us

  1. 10339-A Democracy Lane
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    Main: (703) 591-3377 Fax: (703) 591-1359
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