Deborah S. Derman, Ph.D.

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Grief Counseling for Children,
Adolescents, & Adults

My Expertise

Deborah S. Derman is a grief and bereavement counselor, group facilitator, and educator who has been providing counseling services for over twenty years. In addition to providing grief therapy, she gives professional lectures, trainings, and workshops in the areas of grief, bereavement, and recovery.

Dr. Derman provides counseling to widows and widowers, children facing the loss of a parent, children facing the loss of a sibling, adult children facing the death of a parent, and those who are coping with the suicide of a loved one. There can be great value in participating in a grief support group where grieving people can share their experiences of loss with others. Dr. Derman has extensive experience facilitating support groups for grief and loss.

Dr. Derman focuses on many important areas of grief and bereavement, such as:

Practice Testimonials

The Well Of Grief

Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief

Turning down through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,

nor finding in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown by those who wished for something else.

My Story

My personal journey through grief and loss is a long one. I lost a dear friend from suicide when I was 27 years old. Ten years later, my parents died in a small plane crash, which I witnessed. Several years later, my husband died suddenly, leaving me with two toddlers, and pregnant with my third child. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer, which required years of treatment.

Over time, I learned how to navigate and survive the many challenges that life threw my way. I raised three great kids; earned a doctorate which focused on grief and bereavement; married a wonderful man who has become the adoptive father of my children; counseled families whose loved ones died on 9/11; survived breast cancer; and as a grief counselor have provided counseling and support group services for loss, grief, and bereavement.

I have often been told that my personal story has been inspirational to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. It is my hope that I can provide support and guidance to anyone who may need me.

I have often been told that my personal story has been Inspirational to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.


Syracuse University, B.S. Special and Elementary Education (summa cum laude) 1974

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. MA., Behavioral Disabilities, 1976

Temple University, Ph.D. Psychoeducational Processes, 1999

Contact Me

Office: 215-643-7206

Cell: 215-870-6558

Office: Dresher, PA 19025

My Coloring Book

Colors of Loss and Healing is the first coloring book designed for those undergoing loss and bereavement, or for those experiencing a significant challenge in their lives. Each beautifully illustrated page focuses on the essential elements, tasks, and experiences that are necessary for healing. These elements have been distilled into single words which go from “begin, breath, and hold on” at the very beginning to “become, live, and wisdom” at the very end. In between are the needed components to get through the transformative and evolving process needed for healing and recovery.

Book Testimonials

I Thought of You Today

I thought of you today
Imagining a time that should have
Been reserved for celebration and elation,
A time of shared joy at the miracle of birth
A time for dreams of a glowing future
But instead the time marked itself by grief and sadness.
The miracle offset by anguish and ambivalence.
The sterling future tainted by numbing uncertainty
The cry in your throat anchored to the pain in your heart
I thought of you today with compassion and tenderness.
And I wished you the best for having lived through hell
And deciding to make a good life in spite of it