Madeleine Albright presenting Rev. Deb with Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling.
Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
Rev. Deb (she/her) is the Founder of PrideMinistry. She is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister through One Spirit Seminary. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she conducted the first ever research study on the faith community needs of people in Alternative Relationships. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a BA in contemporary Jewish Studies.
Rev. Deb is a licensed psychotherapist in online private practice where she works with therapy clients who reside in New York State. Separately, here at PrideMinistry she offers non-psychotherapeutic spiritual counseling sessions in the Interspiritual Spiritual Companioning model. Rev. Deb served as the Chief of Behavioral Health at Interfaith Hospital and was the Director of Social Work and Clinical Services at Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities. She was twice awarded a Scholar-in-Residence position with the Ortzai Institute in Basque Country.
Rev. Deb is the creator and facilitator of the OSLA Alt Faith Collective, an affinity group for Alt-identifying and Alt-exploring clergy and seminary students. She served as Dean at the One Spirit Interspiritual Companioning & Counseling Program and currently teaches courses and electives at the One Spirit Seminary on topics around the intersections of Altness and Global Faith Traditions. Though PrideMinistry Rev. Deb provides professional trainings to clergy, lay leadership, and organizational management on sex, sexuality, gender, and relationship Vocabulary 101, Alt and LGBTQAI2+ statistics, myth-busting, and key concepts. She also leads workshops for celebrants and officiants in crafting rituals and blessings that affirm the cultural and lifecycle markers of spiritual seekers who identify as Alt Relationship, Kink, Queer, Polyamorous, Genderqueer, and/or in mixed-orientation relationships. Rev. Deb provides heart-centered professional development workshops for spiritual and pastoral counselors who wish to deepen their awareness around the needs of Alt spiritual seekers that they may better meet the needs of their counsels. She is also an Affirmation consultant for spiritual retreat leadership who want to make their programs accessible and inviting to Altfolx.