Family Christian Counseling Center
The Center serves families from a faith based perspective that respects personal faith tradition. We offer a wide range of counseling services for all ages and stages of life. Counselors have expertise in therapies that are both effective as well as creative and pleasurable. We understand how difficult it is for any child, individual, or family to seek help. Our lobby is a warm place to have a cup of tea and wait for your appointment in a lovely restored territorial style building in north central Phoenix. We do not accept insurance but do provide a superbill for clients who wish to file for out of network benefits.
Marriage counseling seeks to identify areas of conflict and communication in a marriage and facilitate healthy ways of resolving them. If problems in a marriage aren’t identified or dealt with in a timely manner, they can grow out of control and bring devastation and possibly an end to the marriage. There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. Marriage counseling helps a marriage weather the storms and rebound stronger as a result of the counseling. Counseling helps a couple focus on their problems in a marriage and resolves them. Most problems include poor communication, a lack of intimacy, anger or nagging.
Individual Adult Therapy
Individual psychotherapy for adults offers a compassionate approach to therapy, which encourages clients to explore how limiting beliefs and trauma are held in the body—often below the level of conscious awareness. Specialties include trauma and PTSD; chronic illness including fibromyalgia, IBS, Lupus, insomnia, chronic fatigue and cancer. Other issues addressed include grief and loss; emotional struggles such as shame, depression, anger and anxiety, and relationship problems. Counselors have extensive post- graduate training in Self Regulation Therapy, a gentle approach that enables the nervous system to integrate overwhelming events and bring balance to the nervous system. Additionally they are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Equine Assisted Therapy
Deanna Wahlheim is trained in EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Equine therapy is a collaborative approach consisting of a client/clients, mental health professional, equine specialist and one or more horses. There is no riding involved, rather the interaction is with horses on the ground. The equine therapy sessions are held at United Farms in Phoenix, AZ. The Family Christian Counseling Center offers this treatment modality which is an experiential form of psychotherapy where horses are involved in the sessions. “Experiential” means that you will be involved in hands-on experiences with the horses designed to reflect things going on in your life.
Nutritional therapy works in tandem with all modalities of counseling and cognitive, behavioral and expressive therapies. Styles of eating, nutrient deficiencies, and foods with side effects can amplify negative emotions and behaviors. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels from diets high in simple carbohydrates can deepen depression and heighten anxiety levels, contributing to inattention, impulsivity, moodiness and sleep disturbances. Individuals with a history of trauma, neglect, and malnourishment are particularly vulnerable. The goal remains the same for all ages and stages – an informed, sustainable eating plan for mental and physical well-being. Nutritional education is a vital component of therapy.
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The Child Trauma Academy acknowledges that Deborah Pettitt and Edie Moore have completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level. Click for more information about NMT Training Certification and the NMT Assessment process
The Child Trauma Academy acknowledges that Deborah Pettitt has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level. Click for more information about NMT Training Certification and the NMT Assessment process, Level II.