My mission is to help you develop your life worth living

I believe that seeking counseling when aspects of our lives become challenging is a courageous and important act of acknowledging and validating the dignity of self. I hope to partner with you to discover and support your life worth living.
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I did not begin my career as a mental health counselor. I originally sought a career as a highly trained classical singer in order to teach this art at the university level as a professor. During my education and years teaching at the college level, I discovered the importance of mental health in both the lives of my students and in myself. I came to understand how mental health affected their ability to believe in themselves and their ability to reach their potential as a student and as a person. Through these experiences I felt that I may be of use to assist people to find their life worth living in order to find and reach their own potential in life. I became a therapist because I perceive this path to be my life worth living. I firmly believe that mental health is an intersection between mind, body and spirit. This belief led me to become a Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. I believe that at times our assumptions and interpretation of our thoughts, emotions and experiences can contribute to emotional suffering and interfere with our relationships with the people we love. As we try to do the best we can to cope with these problems we can also lack the tools necessary to effectively solve these issues. The tools that CBT and DBT provide are proven to be effective and are empirically supported therapies. They are holistic approaches that support the challenge of acceptance and change. As I believe that addressing the whole person is essential in therapy, I am a secular therapist that works with any form of spirituality, belief or lack of belief. I currently offer individual and group counseling to adults (18+) using Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral therapy approaches. In the past 12 years, I have worked with a wide variety of clients and issues in both individual and group therapy settings. Shelterbelt Counseling LLC offers both comprehensive and skills based DBT that is adherent to the Linehan model. All comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy programs require individual therapy, DBT skills group, DBT phone coaching and consultation team. These components of DBT are offered at Shelterbelt Counseling. I do work with other private clinicians for referrals for DBT skills group as part of skills based DBT. I have completed the following training courses through Behavioral Tech and other Linehan adherent training sites for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My trainers were Randy Wolbert, Dr. Alexander Chapman, Dr. Ronda Oswalt Reitz, Elizabeth Cohn Stuntz, Dr. Sara Schmidt and Dr. Melanie Harned. DBT Skills DBT Foundational DBT Intensive DBT-SUD DBT-Prolonged Exposure DBT Booster Coping with Cancer: DBT Skills to Balance Uncertainty with Hope Ethics of DBT Case Conceptualization I am also in the certification track for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute and have completed CBT-Essentials, CBT for Work-Life Balance and CBT-Anxiety. I have completed Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT) training. If you would like to become a client and your insurance is not listed, please contact me. Upon request, a Good Faith Estimate of services may be provided in accordance with the No Surprises Act if you are requesting self-pay arrangements for services.
Debi Dusseault, MS, LPC-MH, LPC-SUPV, NCC, QMHP
Owner, Clinical Mental Health Therapist

I work with adults (18+)

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Borderline Personality
  • Self-Harming
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorders
  • Work Stress
  • Social Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Mindfulness


  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy (PGDT)

Insurance Accepted

  • Avera Health
  • Avera Direct
  • Dakotacare
  • Sanford Health
  • BCBS
  • Aetna
  • United Healthcare
  • GEHA
  • Cigna
  • Medicaid


  • Sliding Scale Fees: $50 - $125
  • DBT Skills Group Sliding Scale Fees: $30 - $50

Where you can find our office


12 2nd Ave SW Ste 202A
Aberdeen, SD 57401-4115

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