Once upon a time, to get to therapy you had to drive somewhere, find a place to park and wait in a waiting room for your therapist to call you into her office. Or you had to take public transportation. Either way, you spent time going to and fro that could perhaps have been better spent doing something different.
One year ago, in March 2020, I gave up my office out of necessity because of the pandemic and began doing virtual therapy. I wasn't sure how it would work out, and I didn't know how my existing clients would feel about it. At the time, I assumed it would be a temporary arrangement and I would be back in my office by the fall. But as things turned out, my clients loved not having to spend extra time getting to their sessions and then home again afterwards. I loved working in my home office where I could see my garden from the window and I found I did not miss my commute at all!
So, what began as a temporary arrangement is now permanent, and I couldn't be happier. My assistant therapist, on the other hand, does miss all the attention he used to get from my clients and consoles himself by barking out the front room window at anyone who has the temerity to walk past, especially if they have a dog with them.
This is me, Deb Hinton
I was a teacher in London, England, before I became a therapist in Maryland. I've travelled quite a bit in my life and lived in different countries and I speak French and Spanish in addition to English with a slight British accent.
I did my Masters in Counseling at what is now called Trinity University in Washington, DC. I have been a therapist for over 25 years. For the first 10 years or so of my career I worked in public mental health as a therapist and as a clinical director. I did not think I would enjoy being in private practice, but I was wrong. I love my work and I enjoy watching my clients grow and change.
Lucky Pooh Jack Slartibartfast Fartworthy
Assistant Therapist (Retired)
Jack is a Registered Therapy dog. He is a Shih-Tzu/Bichon mix, which means he is non-shedding and hypoallergenic. He is good-natured and friendly.
His skills are taking naps and barking at the neighbors. He misses going to work.