Reverend Deb (pronouns she/her/hers) is the Founder, Spiritual Director, and Senior Minister of PrideMinistry. She is also an LGBTQAI+, Poly/CNM, Kink./Leather/BDSM/Fetish, and Alternative Relationship/Alternative Lifestyle-affirming psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and online. She is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister through the One Spirit Seminary, where she serves as a dean in the institution’s Interspiritual Counseling Program. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling, from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion through which she is conducting a groundbreaking theological study on assessing the spiritual and faith community needs of people in Alternative Relationships.
Rev. Deb’s Progressive Interfaith/Interspiritual ministry is committed to the spiritual healing of Alternative souls. So that she may work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, Rev. Deb’s training includes expertise and/or familiarity with world religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Nature and Earth-based Spirituality, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism, Wicca, Goddess Path, Basque Maryism, Ancestor Worship, Tantra, Neo Tantra, Baha’i Faith, Yoga, Atheism, Pre-Colonial African faiths, Mormonism, Sufism, Hare Krishna, Voodoo, Neo Paganism, Deism, Jainism, Native American traditions, Seventh Day Adventism, Gnosticism, Shinto, Quakers, Rastafarianism, Pentecostalism, and Sikhism.
Rev. Deb served as the Chief of the Behavioral Health Program at Interfaith Medical Center and was the Director of Social Work at Orthodox Union’s Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities. She presently serves as advising chaplain, community-building, and lifecycle ritual consultant to LGB, Queer, Trans/GNC, and Alternative Lifestyle forums and organizations. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and has a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hunter College and a minor in World Religions, where her focus was in Jewish-led American Leftist social justice movements of the Twentieth Century.
She currently mentors masters and PhD-level students, and clinically supervises clergy, seminary students, and spiritual/pastoral counselors from diverse religions, as well as psychotherapists, mental health counselors, sex educators, and psychologists. Rev. Deb has appeared in over 300 public speaking engagements on topics including theology, spiritual practice, mental health, Postmodernism, counseling, human sexuality, and organizational management.