DEBRA J. KOOPMANN & ASSOCIATES, LLC
Counseling Services for Teens and Adults
MEET OUR THERAPISTS
DEBRA KOOPMANN, LCSW
Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 26 years experience in the mental health field. Her specialities include working with teens and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. She enjoys helping college age students as well as women through various life transitions. She also helps people work through grief and loss issues. Debra helps clients identify and change their perceptions to foster a new awareness so they move towards better self-esteem, healthier coping strategies and more positive relationships. "My mission is to help people live an authentic life with integrity. I want to help people find their way to being balanced in Mind, Body and Spirit." Debra received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MSW Degree from Aurora University.
PAULA PETERS, LSW
Paula is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who has over 20 years in the mental health field. Throughout this time, she has worked in several types of settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, detox programs, and schools. She enjoys working with adolescents and young adults with all types of issues including anxiety, depression, pain management, bipolar disorder and anger management. She also has a great deal of experience working with the LGBTQIA+ population. Paula looks forward to guiding her clients to their healthiest selves. Paula received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Aurora University.
DAVID KOOPMANN, ED.D., LCPC
Dr. Koopmann has been working in mental health for over 25 years. He has comprehensive psychological experience that has included working in a psychiatric hospital, outpatient clinics, forensics, education and private practice. Dr. Koopmann specializes in working with adolescents and adults. He uses a cognitive behavioral approach to identify attitudes and beliefs that hinder positive progress. He specializes in mood disorders, anxiety, attentional concerns, conduct disorders, anger management, relationship issues, forensic assessment and treatment, psycho-educational assessments and academic difficulties. Dr. Koopmann received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, a Masters Degree in School Psychology from Governors
State University and a Doctorate in Education from Aurora University.
TIMOTHY KARMIK, LSW
Tim is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years. He received a Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University and is currently a School Social Worker of 20 years, working with middle and high school age students. In addition, Tim is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a Virtual Instructional Coach for novice School Social Workers around the state of Illinois. Tim has a collaborative approach, working WITH the individual to build confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, and acceptance for the amazing differences that makes a person who they are.
Our therapists are committed to establishing a positive rapport with clients. We help our clients realize and build upon their personal strengths to create lasting change. We provide a safe, nonjudgmental and trusting environment to promote a healthy expression of feelings and promote self awareness.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
We specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Mood Disorders, Self-Injury, Grief and Loss, Parenting and Blended Families, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues and Academic and School related issues.
We use a variety of successful treatment approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution based therapy, interpersonal therapy and mindfulness to reach the client's desired level of personal growth. Holistic and alternative approaches are explored as well.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world...”
Norman Vincent Peale
Empowering Women to live their best lives in Mind, Body & Spirit
Debra has recently expanded her services to the area of Life Coaching for women. She coaches women in a way that helps them find balance within the areas of Mind, Body, Spirit. If you have any questions about her coaching services, or would like to schedule a consultation, please get in touch today.
Debra sits down to talk with Dana Being Dana
Dana talks with Debra about her practice, specialties, and what she loves most about being a therapist.
NAPERVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Woman of the Month, May 2018
I had the honor of being nominated for this wonderful recognition through my participation in the Women In Business committee. Below is the article feature on the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Website.
Debra Koopmann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the owner and lead counselor at Debra J. Koopmann and Associates, LLC. Most of the clients she serves are adolescents and women. Throughout the years, her practice has evolved to support those struggling with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. These difficult cases are often the result of major life transitions, when redefinition and clarity are most needed.
“Everyone has the fear of inadequacy. Become aware of how you’re thinking and then allow yourself to change it.” – Debra Koopmann
In an ever-increasing digital age, we see a lot of access, but not a lot of connectivity. Allowing the wrong individuals access provides an avenue for negativity; whether that negativity is self-inflicted by “fear of missing out” or it’s directed by the other user in the form of criticism, it’s a passageway to internal sabotage. Debra encourages, “Filter-out who you follow. You self-sabotage when you allow too much access.” Debra’s main therapeutic modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in which you help the client recognize and change dysfunctional patterns of thinking. She explains that “bad beliefs dirty your filter” and therefore impact how you perceive the world around you. If you truly believe you’re missing out or receive a harsh comment from someone you’d barely call an acquaintance, then you suddenly allow yourself to fall into a downward spiral. The first step to stop the cycle is to become aware of how your thinking is contributing to your current situation.
“My mission is to help people live an authentic life with integrity.” – Debra Koopmann
An authentic life begins with developing intention. There must be an intention to every activity;
ultimately, those good habits will support goal fulfillment. If you find you’re not where you want to be or you have trouble accomplishing goals, it may be from a misalignment of your intention. A
derailment that often occurs is the feeling of guilt. Often times, individuals experience guilt when they focus on their personal pursuits and intentions. To these individuals, Debra says, “If you don’t make time to fuel yourself up, you’re not going to be helpful to anyone! Make yourself a priority and pursue your goals with some regularity.”
“When you are having internal conflict, you have to follow your heart. The more you resist it, the more it persists.” – Debra Koopmann
Developing a sense of awareness is a crucial element to the establishment of intentionality,
boundary-setting, goal accomplishment, and – ultimately – fulfilment. Become aware of who you are, what you want, where you’re heading, and whether you’re getting in your own way. Many times, our worst obstacles are ourselves. Debra helps individuals acknowledge their excuses and then move forward anyways. She explains that excuses are just another way to self-sabotage.
Actively seek to extinguish self-sabotaging behaviors. Discover within yourself what your passion is. Once you’ve done that, pursue it relentlessly while monitoring who has access to you. Life is short!
Make every step count!
The Dana Being Dana Show
Debra had the opportunity to be a guest on the Dana Being Dana Show. The show is all about human connections. In this episode, the discussion focuses on how to show up for people going through tough times, especially during times of grief and loss.