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

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