Deborah Serani



As a young girl, Deborah Serani descended into a debilitating depression - and at age 19, attempted suicide. The fallout from this major depressive episode required her to take a medical leave from college in order to recover.

Crediting psychotherapy as life-saving, she directed her focus to the field of psychology - wanting to help others who struggled with depression like she did. Serani graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Hofstra University in 1982, obtained a Doctorate in Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1989, and a Post-Doctoral Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from the Derner institute at Adelphi University in 2002.

Now in practice over 25 years in Smithtown, New York, Dr. Serani uses her personal experiences with depression to inform her professional work. She is a sought after depression expert, working with children, adolescents and adults. She also provides online Telepsychology for adolescents and adults living in the State of New York.



“People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.”

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychoanalyst