Institute for the Cycles of Life, LLC
Deb Torres, LCSW
Deb Torres has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for 36 years. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings: child and adolescent mental heath centers, VA inpatient psychiatric units, Adult Protective Services, hospital settings and in the field of hospice.
Deb values life and has dedicated her career to bringing babies into the world as a birth doula and helping people leave in a gracious manner at the end of life as a facilitator of final wishes. Her years of experience as a social worker has given her a breadth of understanding about the “elephant” in our society regarding delicate topics as birthing and dying. She is passionate about creating conversations within families wrestling with emotional end of life options, medical illness and respecting parents’ choices as they age with dignity.
"She has a naturally warm personality and exhibits a high degree of empathy. This was our first child. Labor and delivery went very smoothly without any complications. Deb's experience and coaching certainly helped to ease my anxiety and pain. We are very grateful. Our son is doing very well."
~Elizabeth & Steve
"Debra is very skilled and knowledgeable social worker - working mainly in our fast paced observation and general medical units. She was instrumental in developing discharge plans for patience with substance abuse, mental illness, complex family dynamics, self-pay, and under resourced or undocumented patients. She was able to find the resources needed for these difficult discharges in a timely and efficient manner. Debra gained trust through her kind and gentle, yet firm demeanor.
~Jean RN, BSN
"I can't say enough about the impact that Deb has on this woman's birth experience. She provided her services free of charge, but her value was priceless. Her compassion, empathy, sincerity, knowledge, and insight make her an amazing resource, and I would recommend Deb without hesitation to any mother-to-be who is looking for a doula."