Debbie Oldham, M.S.
Debbie grew up in a farming community near Dunn, a small town in eastern North Carolina, where her family has lived for generations. Growing up, she was taught the value of hard work, the importance of treating everyone with respect, and how to tell a good story. Debbie believes therapy is “telling your story,” and she uses stories in counseling to help clients feel understood and as a tool for remembering skills. She is married to Dennis, her husband of 35 years, and they have one daughter, Meredith, who is married and works as a trauma nurse in Chapel Hill, NC.
Debbie loves to garden, hike, read, and exercise. Her faith is very important to her, and she is active in her community and church. Debbie has a passion for wellness—mind, body and spirit—that began 35 years ago when she lost 115 lbs. and began to completely change her life. She values and respects all people regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Watching her clients grow and change as they learn new behaviors and develop better coping skills brings her a deep sense of joy.
Debbie has over 20 years of experience helping people find solutions to their problems, develop better coping skills, and lead heathier and happier lives. Her down-to-earth and straight forward manner help her clients feel accepted and understood. Whether she is working with an individual, a couple, or in a group setting, she is able to present new ideas and teach coping skills that help clients begin to move forward and feel better. Her goal is to support, encourage, and guide her clients as they explore the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are contributing to their current difficulties. Debbie works with her clients to figure out what is working, what could use some adjustments, and what just simply needs to be discarded. Her clients are often amazed at how quickly they can begin to experience positive feelings and changes in behavior that produce clarity, strength and hope.