Debora Ramirez, LCSW

Jonathan Horowitz Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the director of SF Stress—a team of anxiety specialists serving San Francisco and surrounding communities in the Bay Area.

Debora Ramirez, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Individual Therapy
Family Therapy

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Grief & Loss

  • Immigration & Acculturation Stress

  • Intergenerational Parent-Child Relationship Issues

  • Life Transitions

  • Parenting

  • Racial Identity

  • Self-Esteem

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma

Master of Social Welfare at University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of California, Davis

50-90 minute sessions available in-person or via teletherapy, including weekends and evenings.

All appointments must be scheduled in advance.

Newark Office

San Jose Office



My clients are generally, individuals faced with distress in a particularly susceptible area(s) of their life. Similarly, they are diverse families who are seeking support to address complex challenges, such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, or response to a stressful life event. Individuals and families both seek peace of mind, emotional balance, and the tools to independently confront the intricacies of the human experience.


My approach is warm, transparent, and collaborative. My aim is to build a trustworthy relationship as a platform from which we can jointly address difficult thoughts, complex emotions, or challenging situations presented in life. With this subtle yet powerful approach, we will work together to integrate suitable novel strategies with the ultimate objective to build healthier robust habits to adjust the way you feel, think, and behave. We will work jointly, utilizing evidence-based strategies and taking into account intersectionality, to tackle challenges and move toward a more enriching and fulfilling life.


Witnessing the fulfillment of my clients is why I love this work. Also, I love facilitating the therapeutic process because I believe that everyone deserves to be acknowledged and to have their voice found and heard. It brings me great satisfaction and humility to be in a role where my clinical knowledge, skills, and warm approach nourishes transformation from distress to confidence and contentment.


My aspirations are that you will feel more courageous and poised in your authentic self. I hope that, through our collaboration, your family and relationships will feel more balanced, fulfilled, and manageable. Similarly, my purpose is to support you in weaving and integrating the techniques and strategies learned within therapy, to help you to feel less overwhelmed with stress or overcome with pain and experience more calm and joy. Because I am both sensitive and aware that seeking professional help can be a difficult decision or process for many people, I want to build the discipline within my clients to seek therapy whenever life necessities it.


As a behavioral health clinician, I have been serving in the mental health field for over ten years, working primarily in an outpatient community clinic serving children (5yo+), transitional age youth, and families in a multidisciplinary team setting. In this role, I’ve conducted individual and family therapy, and facilitated support groups for adolescents and parents. Furthermore, my intention is to help clients gain awareness of how stress impacts their mind, body, and spirit so as to build efficacy in taking charge of their own healing.

Particularly, I have experience treating a myriad of issues including grief and loss, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis, self-harm, and suicidality. Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a diverse clientele, ranging in age, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background.

As a special interest, I appreciate working with individuals and families dealing with immigration and acculturation stress. I am also bilingual in Spanish and English.

In my clinical practice, I draw from a variety of evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This array of practices, allows me to fine tune the best-suited approach to meet my client’s unique needs.

Outside of the therapy office, I enjoy spending time outdoors, gardening or hiking around the bay area. Additionally, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and yoga.


National Association of Social Workers
Latino Social Workers Association
Alameda County Behavioral Health
Registered Yoga Teacher-Yoga Alliance
Certification in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health to be completed in 2021