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Debra Perez, PhD, LPCC, BCTP-II, SCPG

Core Faculty



  • PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of the Cumberlands
  • MA in Professional Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University
  • BS in Psychology from University of New Mexico

Field of Expertise

  • Private Practice
  • Trauma
  • Suicide
  • Couples and families
  • Adolescents

Licensure and Certification

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor – Supervisor (LPCC-S)
  • Board Certified Telehealth Provider, level 3 (BCTP-III)
  • Special Credential in Problem Gambling treatment (SCPG)


Debra M. Perez has been a licensed counselor in NM for over 20 years, treating trauma in minority populations and rural communities. She currently provides telebehavioral health services online in a private practice serving rural New Mexico. Dr. Perez is a Board Certified Telebehavioral Health Provider, level three, and holds a special credential in problem gambling treatment and a certification in aromatherapy. Dr. Perez is an Assistant Professor for Liberty University. She is a coeditor and coauthor on a telebehavioral health book for counselors and has written several chapters covering topics such as working with children of same gendered parents and transitioning classrooms to the online platform. Dr. Perez serves on NMCA Counselors for Advocacy and Social Justice as president, on the Social Justice and Advocacy committee for ACSSW as cochair, and on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice committee of IARTC.

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