Deborah Rice, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who strongly values the creative process and works from a place of compassion and collaboration. Over the past 17 years, she has provided therapy to adults, children and adolescents throughout New York City to address behaviors, trauma, health, and relationships. She is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and has trained hundreds of clinicians, educators and health providers throughout New York. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute.

Deborah worked in New York City’s public schools for over a decade with children, teens and their families, addressing both behavioral and mental health challenges. Deborah currently specializes in working with adolescents and adults. She highlights individual’s values, strengths and goals through both verbal and nonverbal modalities, to help evoke desired changes and maximize potentials. She supports parents in enhancing communication skills to more effectively connect with their children and relate in emotionally responsive ways.

Deborah engages from a warm, client-centered framework. Her eclectic approach includes incorporating mindfulness and art therapy, along with cognitive behavioral skills and Motivational Interviewing (MI).


  • Rice, D.J. (2017). MI and Youth Empowerment Programs. In E. McNamara (Ed.), Motivational Interviewing: Children and Young People III, Education and Community Settings. UK, Positive Behaviour Management.

 Continuing Education and Advanced Training

  • International Institute for Restorative Practices: Basic Restorative Practices, Facilitating Restorative Conferences, Restorative Leadership Development

  • Motivational Interviewing: Supervising using Motivational Interviewing, Coding and Practice, Advancing the Practice, The Basics, MINT TNT, HETI TNT

  • Soho Cognitive, Moving Treatment Forward with CBT

  • Ackerman Institute, Restoring Ruptured Bonds

  • Ackerman Institute, Treating Children with Relational Trauma

  • Institute for the Arts in Psychotherapy, Advanced Seminar in Child Resilience Studies and Embodied Child Therapy

Current and Recent Clinical Positions and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, Department of Creative Arts Therapy

  • Consultant, Mayor’s Office of New York City

  • Consultant, Health Education Training Institute

  • Art Therapist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Cancer Center

  • Director of Clinical Services and Training, Children’s Aid

  • Clinical Supervisor, Counseling In Schools

Training and Consulting Clients

  • The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

  • CASA

  • Boys' Club of New York

  • The Children's Aid

  • HOPE program

  • The Door

  • Hetrick-Martin Institute


  • 2002, MPS, Pratt Institute, Art Therapy and Creativity Development

  • 2000, BA, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh


  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York

  • Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, New York

  • Registered Art Therapist

  • Board Certified Art Therapist

  • Member of MINT