In light of the recent release of the report of the SBC Abuse coverups, and the allegations ongoing related to abuse by pastors, it can take its toll on our wellness. This week, we brought on a former IMB missionary who grew up as an IMB missionary kid to speak on wellness for those of us making a difference around the world. Dr. Deborah Pinkston, LPC, PhD has been a counseling professional for more than 17 years. Debbie has a special interest in counseling women, men, couples, teens, pastor’s wives, and missionaries.
Dr. Pinkston has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita Baptist University, a Master of Science in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University and a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling from International Theological Seminary.
She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and enjoys helping couples learn to communicate and connect more intimately. Debbie is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist, focusing on self-esteem and body image. She also has experience helping survivors of general trauma, medical trauma, and sexual abuse. She offers Eating Disorder Therapy and Immigration Assessments services.
With a deep passion for serving couples in Northwest Arkansas, Debbie also works with parenting adult children. She understands the difficulty of navigating such challenges and because of this, seeks to help and bring guidance to parents when parenting their young adult children.
Debbie is an Anger Management Specialist. Serving as a missionary in Venezuela for 25 years, she worked in the counseling field and helped establish two orphanages. During this time, she became fluent in Spanish and now is pleased to be meeting the counseling needs of Hispanic individuals and families in Northwest Arkansas. She has extensive experience in multicultural counseling.
In addition to counseling, Debbie is an online professor for Liberty University in their Masters and doctoral program in Counseling. She has written several books on the topics of recovery from sexual abuse and anxiety, including Power over Anxiety: No longer overpowered: Practical Strategies for Relieving Anxiety.
Debbie enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, and playing tennis, hiking, and kayaking with her husband Silvio. She would say that “her heart is still in Venezuela”.
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