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Deborah Koons-Beauchamp is a doctoral candidate in the Couple & Family Therapy program at the University of Iowa and is anticipating graduation the summer of 2023. Deborah earned a MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University, MBA from University of Phoenix, and a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Deborah worked as a corporate executive for over 20 years before beginning her career as a Couple & Family Therapist.

Deborah’s research focuses on relationship qualities that serve as protective factors against the negative impact of body image distress. Deborah is a TLMFT with a small private practice, and also practices at the University of Iowa LGBTQ Counseling Clinic. Deborah loves to teach, and her goal is to help develop the next generation of Couple & Family Therapists.

Professional Interests
  • Body image distress and relationship protective factors 
  • Intergenerational legacy burdens of shame
  • Family stress and resilience
  • LGBTQ affirming therapy 
  • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
  • MFT Theories & Techniques Lab