1960 - 2019
Carrier Family Funeral Home & Crematory
38 Range Rd
Windham, NH
CARMICHAEL, Debora Ann, PhD 1960-2019 of Windham, NH Died with a peaceful heart and mind on October 18, 2019, at age 59, surrounded by loving family and friends after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Debora was born on an Air Force base in Bilox, MI. As a child in a military family, she moved frequently, attending seventeen schools before graduating from high school in South Dakota, and ultimately earning her PhD at Boston College. As a licensed psychologist, she was very involved in the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, her professional home, serving as President from 2014-2016. Debora earned the designation of Certified Group Psychotherapist and was awarded Fellowship status in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She was proud to receive the Affiliate Society Assembly Award for outstanding contribution to NSGP. She trained and worked at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA before launching her private practice with offices near Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA and in Nashua, NH. Debora was predeceased by her mother, Sandra M. Yish (Holmes). Debora leaves behind her husband of 39 years, John Gregory Carmichael (Windham, NH), her sons Sean D. Carmichael and Nova S. Golonka (Windham, NH) and Robert D. Carmichael and Magellan Casto (Salem, MA), and her three beloved grandchildren. She also leaves her father Gene C. Yish (Centerville, MA), brother Donald A. Yish and Francesca (Byfield, MA), sister Donna A. Fitzgerald and Michael, a beloved extended in-law family, many adored nieces and nephews, as well as cherished friends and colleagues. Debora loved her decades long connection to Prince Edward Island, Canada, traveling with Greg, skiing in Colorado, the mountains and the ocean, but mostly she valued caring about and loving her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Center, Merrimack Valley Hospice, or the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22nd from 4-8 PM at the Carrier Family Funeral Home, 38 Range Rd., WINDHAM, NH. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23rd at 10 AM at the Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. A Memorial Service open to family, colleagues, and patients will be scheduled later this month. For directions or to send a message of condolence to the family, please visit

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There will be a memorial service for Debora on Saturday, November 16th at 11 am at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington MA. Reception to follow.

All family, friends, colleagues and patients are invited to attend.
Greg Carmichael
October 31, 2019
Deb was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stone Center Counseling Service. She was a wonderful person and a gifted psychologist. So,so sorry to hear about her passing. I send my deepest condolences to the family. My heart is saddened by her loss.
Robin Cook-Nobles,
Wellesley College, The Stone Center.
October 25, 2019
Dear Carmichael Family, per coincidence I learned about the passing of Debora in the internet. I was just meaning to write her a note of gratitude for her most wonderful help in the past, which set me on a path of stability and happiness. Debora was the born therapist - she had so much openness, patience, compassion, integrity and sheer interest in people. She had a heart of gold. I came to her in a time of severe distress and she offered me a unique space to share nearly everything, with such loving kindness and wisdom, thereby supporting me in a period of deep transformation. She was the best therapist one could wish for. Her life was a huge contribution to the world. I am deeply saddened by her loss and wish to express my warmest sympathy. I will always remember her dearly and be very grateful how she had touched my life for the better.
Lara Birnholtz
October 24, 2019
Greg and family, my thoughts are with you all. I will always remember the holidays spent with you and the family. Deb was a lovely lady. Denise St Laurent.
Denise St Laurent
October 22, 2019
I first met Deb in her Cambridge office in 2007. My father-in-law who supervised her at McLean referred me to her when I needed guidance. Over the years I turned to her time and again when I needed help with life's difficulties. She encouraged me during the most complicated times of my adult life when my own parents were not able to. My appreciation for her cannot be fully expressed in words. It was a gift to have had her in my life. I'm so very saddened by the loss that we are all enduring. Deb is already greatly missed.
Cici Wendel
October 22, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Debbie was a remarkable person, so warm and friendly whenever we saw her. We send our deepest sympathy to the Carmichael family.

Love, Carol and Karl Stamm
Carol Stamm
October 21, 2019
Mary Ellen Gray
October 20, 2019
a loved one
October 20, 2019
Our sincere condolences to you Greg, your boys and their spouses and your grandchildren and the Carmichael family and also to the Yish family with the loss of Deb. Her beautiful heart and spirit will not be forgotten. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Paul and Pauline
October 20, 2019
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