Dr. Deborah Kirch is a Licensed Psychologist in Maryland (MD License #01943).
Dr. Kirch earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Towson University. She earned her Ph.D. degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on the treatment of eating disorders. Internship training was completed at a private practice. Post-doctoral education and training in neuropsychological assessment was completed at George Washington University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Kirch has worked as a clinical supervisor at the University of Maryland and taught undergraduate and graduate courses as an instructor at University of Maryland and Pennsylvania State University. She has served in Clinical Faculty positions at three university medical schools. She has conducted inpatient and outpatient evaluations and has many years of experience providing psychotherapy at various university clinics and practice settings. She has also served as the Director of an Eating Disorder Center in Virginia. Her approach to treatment includes integrating patient insight and psychoeducation in a warm, accepting environment while focusing on goal-oriented therapy to achieve emotional growth and positive behavior change. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and Emotion Focused Therapy techniques in her sessions.
At The Snow Psychology Group, Dr. Kirch specializes in treating adults with eating behavior disorders (including restrictive eating, bulimia, and binge eating issues), stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem and relationship difficulties, coping with medical conditions, and life transition challenges.
Professional and community activities include serving in several mental health associations, historical societies, educational facilities, and neighborhood committees. She enjoys spending time in nature— hiking and gardening, volunteering with canine rescue organizations, and anything involving horses. Her favorite activities include cooking, listening to books on tape, and socializing with family, friends, and her grand-doggies Gemma and Gable.