College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Debra G. Leggett, Ph.D., LMHC, CETP, CSOTP, NCC, is experienced in teaching, supervision, research, and clinical practice. She has been a Counselor Educator for the past 15 years. This was after moving from teaching high school into counseling. This experience has prepared her for her teaching role as a Contributing Faculty. Dr. Leggett is a clinical supervisor for mental health, school, trauma, and sexual issue counseling. She has supervised both master and doctoral level interns extensively. Dr. Leggett is currently researching the use of case-based learning across the counseling curriculum to determine whether counselors in training have better conceptualization skills as a result. She has conducted both quantitative and qualitative research in marital happiness, social interest, and conflict. Dr. Leggett is a Professor of Counseling serving as an adjunct faculty to train counselors.
Dr. Leggett has maintained a private practice in Florida where she is licensed, providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. She was previously licensed in Indiana and Mississippi. She utilizes an Adlerian orientation that incorporates a holistic view of an individual. Realizing that health is multifaceted and psychological symptoms may be linked to medical or spiritual issues, Dr. Leggett enjoys collaborating on client care with other healthcare professionals. She is a member of the Florida Crisis Response Team. She specializes in trauma-focused work and treating victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Dr. Leggett teaches and presents on trauma issues and work. She has been trained to work with the military and other populations with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Specialty trainings include clinical hypnosis, brief therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, grief and loss treatment, breathwork, and Gottman couples therapy.