About Dr. Simmons

Welcome!  My name is Dr. Deborah Simmons.  I am a marriage and family therapist and co-owner of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis (PIH).  Since 1998, I have been working with individual adults and couples in the Minneapolis and St. Paul communities to resolve a variety of  emotional, health, and relationship concerns.  I specialize in infertility, stillbirth, miscarriage,  and pregnancy complications.  I also prepare people for inseminations, IVF, and the use of donor sperm, donor eggs, donor embryos, and surrogacy.

My philosophy?  Compassion + Action = Real Healing. 

I received my PhD in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota.  Prior to working as a therapist, I worked as a Congressional aide and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and a health care policy analyst in St. Paul.  I am the mother of two premature babies and I am doing research on preemie development.  I love photography, because art is everywhere we look.  I grew up in Atlanta, GA and continue to love grits and black eyed peas.


  • PhD, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota (1996)
  • Masters of Public Administration, George Washington University (1983)
  • BA (double major) International Relations and Political Science, American University (1979)

Licensure and Professional Memberships

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Minnesota (#917)
  • Member, American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Professional member and Mental Health Advisory Council member, American Fertility Association
  • Clinical member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Member, Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Professional member, Resolve
  • Professional member, America Fertility Association


Contact Dr. Deborah Simmons

Dr. Deborah Simmons, PhD, LMFT welcomes you for individual and couples therapy on any topic and specifically about infertility challenges, stillbirth, miscarriage, pregnancy complications, premature delivery, reproductive decision-making, and preparation for inseminations or IVF and/or use of donor sperm, donor eggs, and surrogacy.   All straight and gay clients are welcome!

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 am-5 pm

Tuesday from 10 am-7 pm

Partners in Healing of Minneapolis

10505 Wayzata Boulevard, #200

Minnetonka, MN 55305

o) 763-546-5797   FAX) 763-546-5754

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