Effective

Individual, couples, and family therapy to help you address and resolve issues and see positive changes in your life.

Professional

100% confidential, HIPAA-compliant counseling from top-notch, licensed and experienced Deaf counselors.

Convenient

In-office sessions or secure videophone sessions in the comfort of your home, workplace, or on the road.

Affordable

Payment by many insurance plans, EAPs, and vocational rehabilitation programs; sliding fee scale available.

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Counseling Done Differently

Deaf Counseling Center is a Deaf-owned and operated psychotherapy and consulting practice staffed by Deaf licensed professional therapists. We specialize in working with Deaf people and their families and are committed to:

  • Providing safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental therapeutic services
  • Creating a culturally sensitive counseling and Deaf-friendly environment for Deaf clients and their families
  • Ensuring effective communication through American Sign Language
  • Enhancing lives through empowerment and positive change

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Our Team

candace-mcculloughDr. Candace A. McCulloughChief Executive Officer+
Dr. McCullough is Deaf, holds a PhD in clinical psychology, a MA in Psychology and a MA in Mental Health Counseling. She has a license Maryl
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sharon-duchesneauSharon Duchesneau, LCPCClinical Services Director+
Ms. Duchesneau is a Maryland and District of Columbia licensed Deaf psychotherapist and also holds certifications as an Approved Clinical Su
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sheli-barberSheli Barber, LPCCTherapist+
Ms. Barber is a Deaf psychotherapist, licensed in California. She obtained her Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Gallaudet Un
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kyle-amber-clarkKyle Amber Clark, LCPCTherapist+
Ms. Clark is a Deaf behavioral health therapist, licensed in the state of Maryland. A proud alumna of Gallaudet University’s Mental Health C
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madie-davis-sheltonMadie Davis-Shelton, LCSW-CClinical Social Worker+
Ms. Davis-Shelton is a Deaf clinical social worker, licensed in the District of Columbia. She received her Master’s degree from the School o
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suzanneheadshot2Suzanne Dennis, LSCSWClinical Social Worker+
Ms. Dennis is a Deaf clinical social worker licensed in Kansas and Missouri. She obtained her BA in Criminology from Gallaudet University an
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lizabeth-katzLizabeth Katz, LCSW-CClinical Social Worker+
Ms. Katz, a Deaf licensed clinical social worker, has been involved in providing services to the Deaf community for over 25 years. Initially
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susanna-paulaySusanna Paulay, LCSW-RClinical Social Worker+
A Deaf psychotherapist licensed in New York, Maryland and Maine, Ms. Paulay also holds NYS certification in public education and has been pr
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scottheadshot2Scott Staubach, LPCTherapist+
Mr. Staubach is a Deaf psychotherapist and a licensed supervisor based in Alabama. He received his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseli
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jan-delapJan Delap, CDICertified Deaf Interpreter+
Ms. DeLap is a certified Deaf interpreter in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, specializing in legal-forensic interpreting. For over 15
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Q.

How many counseling centers in the U.S. specialize in working with Deaf people and are staffed fully by Deaf therapists?

A.

One. You are looking at us!

Why Choose Us

How We Can Help

Our Approach

The first psychotherapists to conceptualize a Deaf-centered framework of therapy and the first to establish a practice grounded in a Deaf-centered philosophy.
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Why Choose Us

National experts specifically trained  in counseling Deaf people, providing direct services in American Sign Language through a one-stop center.
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Counseling Services

Comprehensive psychological and consulting services for Deaf people and their families, from therapeutic support groups to crisis intervention and one-on-one counseling.
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Counselor Preference

Out of roughly 1,000 Deaf people polled, 85% prefer a Deaf counselor over a hearing counselor.

Deaf people overwhelmingly prefer to work with a Deaf counselor. The McCullough and Duchesneau (2014) finding is similar to that of the Steinberg, A.G., Sullivan, V.J., & Loew, R.C. (1998) study, which found that out of 54 Deaf participants, 72% preferred a Deaf counselor and 15% preferred a hearing counselor.

McCullough, C.A., & Duchesneau. S.M. (2014, October 20). Counselor preference [Web survey]. Retrieved from http://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-TPSMZVXL/

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Kudos to a Deaf Professor

An Inspiration in Our Field: A warm congratulations goes out to Dr. Irene W. Leigh, who is this year’s recipient of the American Psychologic
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Off the Couch and Onto the Treadmill

A Different Take on Therapy: Not everyone is keen on sitting face-to-face with a therapist for a traditional therapy session and it's not al
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To Sign or Speak: The KODA Question

KODA Families: Following up on yesterday's post on Deaf-hearing relationships, today we turn the spotlight onto KODA families. Short for Kid
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Deaf-Hearing Relationships: Happily Ever After?

An Old Question: Once again up for debate is the seemingly age-old question: Can Deaf-hearing relationships work? Bloggers, including this o
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The Wolf on the Couch


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Chasing Happiness

World Map of Happiness: Adrian White, a British analytic social psychologist at the University of Leicester, has published the first world m
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The Pysholcgoy of Lganugae

Something to Ponder: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny ip
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First Tell Me Why You Need to Know This

Collecting Demographic Information: If you have ever tried to collect demographic information about the membership of an organization, progr
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Til Domestic Violence Do Us Part: A Promising Deaf Film

Domestic Violence in the Deaf Community: There's a good chance that someone you know is a victim of domestic violence. Approximately 28% of
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What Do Cereal Boxes Have to Do with Deaf People?

Snap, Crackle & Pop!: This announcement about raising autism awareness by printing public service messages on cereal boxes came into our
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Gardening as Therapy

Green Thumbs Up for Mental Health Benefits: When many people think of therapy, they are likely to imagine a therapist and client having a co
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Fly the Friendly Skies?

No Boarding Pass for You: If you’re a Deaf traveler flying on your own in Thailand anytime soon, Thai AirAsia will not let you aboard. Just
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New Decree on Hospital Access to Interpreters

Less Stress = Better Health: Good news from the Department of Justice. Laurel Regional Hospital in Maryland just signed a consent decree in
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Who Defines What is Academic?

Sharon’s Frustrating Week Defining the ADA: What an experience I had at my doctoral program’s summer session last week. I am currently enrol
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Positive Psychology

A Different View of Psychology: For years, psychology has had a reputation of digging into people's psyches, probing their pasts and coaxing
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FTM’s Firsthand Experience of Bias

Women in Science Face Biases: Yesterday's Washington Post features a story about a neurobiologist who had a sex-change operation, switching
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ASC Voted as a Best Resource

We are Proud to Announce: Our ASC website has been voted a top rated mental health resource by Psych Central viewers. Since setting up our w
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Deaf Schools vs. Inclusion

The Irony of "Inclusion": Here's an article on Deaf schools from our northern neighbors. In the same way as in the United States, Canadian D
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Psychiatric Service Dogs

Healing Hounds: Service dogs have been around for years, with most of them accompanying blind, mobility impaired, and even some Deaf people.
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San Diego Conference on Deaf Domestic Violence: Call for Papers

Coming November 3-4, 2006: San Diego Deaf Mental Health Services has put out a call for proposals for its upcoming fall conference. If you w
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Purchase of National Deaf Academy

Sold: In the news this week, the Florida-based National Deaf Academy (NDA) has been purchased by Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (PSI). A reside
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How Old is Old Enough?

Home Alone: We often have parents ask us when it is okay to start leaving their children home by themselves. It depends on what state you li
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Freudian Yip

The FDA approved a Prozac-type drug for dogs who are depressed. This is good, because it is hard for dogs to get therapy, since they're neve
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Once Deaf, Always Deaf


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Slow Deaf Child

Deaf Children = Wild Animals?: You've probably seen those yellow signs by the roadside that announce "SLOW Deaf Child" or "Caution: Deaf Chi
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You Are Being Watched

The Eyes Have It: People have always been fascinated by eyes. Quotes such as "the eyes are the mirror of the soul" and "you are the apple of
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Isms are Everywhere: Sexism, Racism, Audism

Would They Ask This About an All-Male Anchor Team?: ABC's Good Morning America announced yesterday that Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts will
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Online Conference Announcement

Mental Health and Deaf People: For interested colleagues and Deaf individuals, click here for information about an upcoming international on
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A Home for Deaf Foster Children

A Positive Move: There is good news for Deaf foster children in San Diego, California. The County has announced that it will set up a group
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Who Decides What is Normal and What is Not?

The Big Book: Following up on this week's earlier postings on labeling, today we thought we'd take a look at the DSM, the hefty 943-page wid
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Label Jars, Not People

What's in a label?: Labels are everywhere. We label people by gender, race, sexual orientation, body size, personality, politics, and so on.
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Intersex and Cochlear Implant Surgeries

What Do Intersex and Cochlear Implant Surgeries Have in Common? Last summer we had a learning experience when we attended the American Psych
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Majority Privileges

Identity and Privilege: Understanding White Privilege is a book that has made us think a lot about our own privileges and power as white peo
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Cotton Balls in Ears

A Desire to be Deaf: Here is an interesting case of a hearing woman with such a compelling desire to be Deaf that she resorted to putting co
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Jumping Through Hoops Part II

What Does "Qualified" Mean Anyway?: Yesterday's post brings us to another gripe with insurance companies and their in-network lists. When th
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Jumping Through Hoops with Insurance Companies

An Unfair Practice: Another day, another round of emails with an insurance company, trying to get an authorization for a prospective client'
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Anxiety: Does It Keep You from Seeing Happy Faces?

Happy Faces: A study that shows that the more anxiety people have, the more difficult it is for them to recognize happy faces. This makes se
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Implicit Associations

The Stoop Effect in Our Daily Lives: Thinking about interference (see Stroop Effect post on June 9th) and what it really means for us in our
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Interference: The Stroop Effect

Don't read the words on the right--just say the colors they're printed in, and do this aloud as fast as you can. You're in for a surprise! I
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Welcome to ASC on the Couch

Want to keep up with current trends in psychology and psychotherapy, share your thoughts about an article, or discover something new when yo
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