Deborah Kerr, PhD
Deborah L. Kerr, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist and Neuroscientist with over 18 years of experience integrating clinical knowledge and neuroscience to improve clinical practice. She is thrilled to be joining Great Oak Counseling and be part of their expanding and highly qualified clinical team.
Dr. Kerr is a unique practitioner in that her experience allows her to integrate the fields of neurology, psychology, psychiatry and philosophy as knowledge of all these disciplines is important for understanding the brain. The ability to integrate knowledge of brain structure and function is important for promoting the emotional, psychological, biological and social well-being of clients.
Dr. Kerr is trained and proficient in: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Behavioral/Exposure techniques. She has specialty training in providing individual/group therapy to patients with anxiety disorders, mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), chronic pain, c-PTSD and PTSD, cognitive impairment (traumatic brain injury, stroke and dementia) and personality disorders.
Dr. Kerr moved back home to Cape Girardeau in the spring of 2019 to be closer to her family, and to be a contributing member of an already strong community of mental health professionals. Her father and mother (retired now) were lifelong educators at SEMO and Cape Public Schools, respectively. Dr. Kerr enjoys family time with her parents, nieces, and nephew as well as her two dogs, and reconnecting with many old friends.
“I firmly believe human beings can accomplish anything they put their minds to. All they need to get started is someone to show them it’s possible.” -Terry Hitchcock