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Debbie Blackburn, Ph.D.


A native of Richmond, Dr. Debbie Blackburn has provided individual and family therapy and psychological assessment of children and adults for more than 20 years in her home community.  She works from a developmental and family systems perspective, with a focus on relationships and inherent family strengths.  Dr. Blackburn is a certified Circle of Security® therapist and uses an attachment-based lens in understanding and addressing child and parenting concerns.  She has a specific interest in working with families and children with an early history of trauma or relationship difficulties.  Helping parents and children to enjoy and deepen their relationship is her overarching professional goal.  As mother of three grown children, Dr. Blackburn has a genuine appreciation for the significance of the parent-child relationship and is dedicated to supporting and encouraging RVA families. 


Dr. Blackburn received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia.  She completed her internship at the Medical College of Georgia.  She then returned to Richmond in 1989 joining the psychiatry faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System where she continues to teach and supervise psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows.  During her time at VCU she has also served as the psychology internship director at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and been an assistant clinical professor in the department of family medicine.   Most recently, Dr. Blackburn served as Assistant Director of the Circle of Security Network where she provided administrative leadership and clinical supervision of the Richmond therapists.  She is passionate about high caliber training and mentoring of mental health professionals and brings that commitment to her position as Executive Director at Partners in Parenting, PC.




Play Therapy

Psychological Assessment

Teaching and Supervision


Degrees and Certifications


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from

the University of Virginia


Circle of Security® Therapist

Office Hours


Tuesday 8:30-5:00


Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Magellan, MHNet, Virginia Premier




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