Deborah Gray is the founder of Nurturing Attachments. She is a clinical social worker specializing in the areas of attachment, grief, and trauma. She has spent over 15,000 hours in the last 15 years counseling children who were adopted. Her private practice philosophy is one of empowering parents with information and techniques so that their skills and styles are used in meeting the needs of their children. Her passion is to help children and their families to develop close, satisfying relationships.
Deborah is a popular presenter due to her practical approaches of promoting attachment, shaping behavior, and working through trauma. She teaches in the Cascadia Resources/Northwest Adoption Resource and Portland State post-Graduate Programs in Adoption Counseling and the University of Washington's Post-Graduate Trauma Certificate program.
In her personal life, Deborah Gray feels linked to adoption through the
family in which she grew up. She has also been a therapeutic foster parent.
She received her graduate degrees from Syracuse University in 1981. She is
a licensed social worker in the State of Washington.
Deborah Gray is the author of numerous articles and the book Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents, published by Perspectives Press, Inc. in 2002.