Meet Deb Vogt!   

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Do you ever feel like your life is a mess? Do you no longer have the energy for things you used to enjoy? Are you troubled by unpleasant, disturbing, or distressing memories? Are you having problems in your relationships? You may want or need help addressing personal or relationship challenges, but you aren’t sure where you can turn to find compassionate guidance and support. Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Hello! My name is Deb Vogt (pronounced: “Vote”). I have a true passion for helping others improve their lives, and I would like an opportunity to help you find relief, healing and growth in your life… mind, body, and spirit.

I recognize that mental health difficulties are, “equal opportunity employers,” so to speak, and they can affect anyone at any time in their lives: rich or poor, young or old. As a Certified and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), a Board Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and a Board Certified Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Professional, I have the training and experience to help you address a wide variety of challenges that may be keeping you from feeling secure, fulfilled and happy in your life and relationships.

My Background

I have extensive skills and many years of experience working with culturally diverse, complex patients and family systems from all walks of life. In addition to operating my private practice in Saint Cloud, MN, I have supported clients and patients in a variety of settings, including: In-Home Family Therapy, Child and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Day Treatment, K-12 Public & Charter Schools, Community Mental Health Clinics, and Child Partial Hospitalization at Clara’s House.

I enjoy providing therapy to individuals, couples, groups, and families, and I treat adolescents, adults, and seniors. But, I recognize that one-on-one therapy may not be the right approach for everyone, and I have facilitated many groups for adolescents and adults, including: Mental Health Groups for Children and Adolescents (K-12), Adolescent Anger Management, Adult Anxiety Management, and Adult Stress Management Groups. 

I have also given career and employment related presentations to students and staff, as well as counseled college students in Career Services while in Graduate School at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). Recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation to approximately 60 employees of St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Plaza, on the use of Mindfulness Meditation for stress reduction, and to improve overall health, healing, and empathy skills.

  • Areas of special clinical interest and experience:
  • Abuse & Recovery from Trauma and PTSD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (high-functioning)
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety  (with or without Panic Attacks)
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse-Victims
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Chronic and Persistent Mental Health Disorders
  • Chronic Pain and Chronic Illnesses
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marriage/Separation/Divorce Issues
  • Work/Employer-Employee/Co-Worker & Other Related Issues
  • Favorite techniques implemented, but not limited to:
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Communication-Assertiveness Skills
  • Constructive Coping Skills
  • Exposure Therapy (In-Vivo)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Psychoeducation
  • Relationship Therapy
  • Supportive Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

I am passionate about my therapy work, and it energizes me. When I am not in the office, however, I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy heading outside, whether I am looking for the perfect photograph, gardening or looking for mushrooms and herbs I can include in my cooking. And, however I spend my time, I’ve found rock ‘n’ roll and all kinds of music, especially the Beatles, makes for a perfect soundtrack.

Deb Vogt earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology and her Bachelors in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) with emphases on K-12 School Counseling, Community Counseling and Behavior Analysis. She earned her Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Certified and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Additionally, Deb is a Board Certified Clinical Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a Board Certified Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Professional by the American Psychotherapy Association.


John Lennon Memorial, Central Park.

John Lennon Memorial, Central Park.

With all you have going on in your life with family, friends, and work responsibilities, and with so much else in your world, you’re bound to feel irritable and overwhelmed at times. When everyday issues feel like they’ve become too much for you to handle, it’s time to take action!

John Lennon said: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

I find John’s sentiment to be so incredibly powerful and so true. One of the keys to happiness is a healthy self-esteem. What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror? Do you have positive thoughts about yourself? Do you respect yourself? If you answered “no,” to any of these questions, or have other self-doubts, you may not have a healthy, confident self-esteem.

That’s where I can help you! You’re not alone, many of us do not know how to nurture ourselves or how to create a healthier, or more confident self-esteem.

At Tranquility Therapy, we are experienced at helping people with low self-esteem learn about and practice specific skills designed to foster and support a healthy self-esteem.

My counseling approach is client-centered, solution-focused, and compassionate. Many therapeutic interventions are used to meet your individual symptoms, personality, and needs. These approaches include: psycho-education, coping skills, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness meditation. My goal is to assist you in gaining more self-awareness and self-acceptance, as well as to help you to develop the strategies you need to successfully navigate the challenges in your life.

Therapy is a process that involves a close relationship and partnership between you and your therapist. At Tranquility Therapy you are provided with a safe, confidential and comfortable space to take a closer look at the different life issues that led you to seek out counseling help. Together, we will clarify what is really important for you, so that you are better prepared to take the steps toward purposeful action and positive change in your life.

Through an approach of encouragement and empathy you can take the necessary steps toward healing, growing, and begin living the life you want. I will also use positive reinforcement, and help you to develop a deeper understanding of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, by teaching you new skills and perspectives. My goal is to improve your quality of life by providing sound, evidence-based mental health services, person-centered principles, and positive support strategies throughout the therapeutic process.