Debbie Grindstaff LSW

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.- Eleanor Roosevelt

I believe the whole family is affected when facing the challenges of developmental/intellectual disability, chronic illness, or mental health disorders. Your family’s life may be affected in many ways including parent/caregiver trauma and stress, marital issues, sibling issues, as well as, depression, anxiety and grief. I offer Autism Consultation for parents at every stage; providing parent/caregiver coaching support and guidance through individual, couples and support group therapy. I practice dialectical behavioral therapy, EMDR and CBT techniques with a focus on self-care, emotional regulation and mindfulness to encourage healing; culminating a collaborative, holistic therapeutic approach in working with you to thrive throughout your journey.

I have extensive experience with counseling individuals, couples, and families affected by diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. As a parent of a child affected by Autism, I can relate to the struggles of being a caregiver. It is my mission to provide guidance and support to others facing similar life challenges. Many caregivers experience trauma, anxiety and/or depression at varying points in their unexpected journey. If you are searching for understanding, direction and inner peace, I would be honored to walk along side you.

Debbie is available for online counseling services to clients in Pennsylvania and Florida. She can provide online coaching services to clients in all 50 states!

My virtual services include:

  • Parent/Caregiver coaching for those caring for a special needs loved one of any age. I focus on equipping through teaching implementation of strategies to promote a calm, peaceful home through Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. I place a great deal of focus on education regarding emotional regulation and anxiety coping skills that will support all in the home.
  • Trauma and Grief therapy through EMDR therapy.
  • EMDR Intensives offered several times a year in the Collegeville Office.
  • Virtual Autism Spectrum Disorder/Special Needs Parent/Caregiver Support Groups

My clinical practice is tailored for a range of clients:

  • Parents/Caregivers who are supporting an individual affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder/ADHD/Special Needs.
  • Spouses/Adult Children/Parents/Caregivers who are supporting an individual affected by a chronic illness.
  • Adults affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression.
  • Virtual Autism Spectrum Disorder/Special Needs Parent/Caregiver Support Groups


  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    • Master of Social Work, 2017
  • Nova Southeastern University
    • Master of Science in Elementary Education, 1997
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1995

Licensure and Certification

  • Licensed Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, May 2018

Additional Training and Experience

  • Crisis Prevention
  • EMDR Trained Therapist – Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness & Dialectical Behavior Therapy Techniques
  • Eco-Systemic Family Therapy