Debbie Celani
Debbie Celani

Admissions/Family Advocate


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I grew up in the Midwest, moving to Southern California as a young adult where I lived for 20 years and raised 6 children.

While raising my children I developed a passion for working with adolescents and young adults by first working as a volunteer. In this capacity I witnessed the needs of so many children and realized how deeply neglect and trauma affected their lives.

I then decided to pursue a career working with children professionally. I sought a bachelor's degree in psychology as well as an advanced Substance Abuse Counseling degree and began working in Residential Treatment Programs. I first started as support staff, then later as part of the therapeutic team and finally as a Family Restoration Coach. In this role I was able to work with children and their parents discover tools and strategies that would ignite healing and reunification.

Additionally, I have worked now for 9 years as a parent advocate and family coach, helping families in crisis identify the best ways to help their child find hope and healing, while giving them the critical support needed through the process.

Currently working as part of the Admissions team at WinGate/Expanse Wilderness gives me the opportunity to continue helping families heal. I believe in the power of the outdoors and I love the Wingate approach as it places a primary focus on relationship building and healing from the inside out.