Director – Deborah Pettitt MC, LPC, RPT-S
Deborah is the Director of the Family Christian Counseling Center of Phoenix. She has extensive training and experience in treating children. She is one of a few Registered Play Therapist Supervisors in the state of Arizona. Deborah is trained in Bruce Perry’s neurosequential model and teaches Child and Adolescent Counseling at Fuller seminary. Her specialty is helping children recover from trauma, abuse and neglect. She is skilled in treating attachment issues. Parents are always an integral part of this process. Click to see Deborah’s full biography and extensive post graduate training. Click to see an Attachment and Trauma specific list for post graduate training. Click to subscribe to the RSS feed for Deborah’s blog. (Arizona licensure for Deborah Pettitt).(Click for “Quick tips by Deborah”).
Edie Moore, MAPC LPC
Edie’s area of specialization is trauma recovery. She aims to instill hope and an expectation of change for the better. Her passion is to help children, families, and individuals experiencing relational or behavioral difficulties find healing and an increased sense of well-being. Therapy dog, Tuppence, has often helped establish rapport, and demonstrate healthy ways of interacting. Areas of expertize include: Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Play therapy (including Sand Play), EMDR (adults and children), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), and canine assisted therapy . Expressive modalities such as sand tray and canine assisted therapy allow people to work out their issues in metaphor which can make it easier to process. Click to view her Post Graduate Professional Training. Visit Edie’s blog relating tips for parenting and raising your children. (Arizona licensure for Edie Moore).
Mike DeMoss, MAPC LPC
Mike specializes in marriage, family, individual and adolescent counseling. He uses the Gottman Method for couple’s therapy, Systems Theory for family therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for adult individuals and adolescents. His Christian background gives him a heartfelt desire to help people heal. Mike’s compassion, encouragement and enthusiasm allow him to relate to individuals in a way that helps affect positive change in their lives. Visit Mike’s blog to read more about marriage and family counseling. (Arizona licensure for Mike DeMoss). Expanded Biography. Mike has completed Levels 1 and 2 of Gottman Marriage training. Click to read more information concerning Gottman Marriage Therapy. Click to view payment information.
Blanca Bertrand, LAMFT
Blanca approaches family therapy with grace, and in a way that each family member feels vital to the growth and healing of their families. Blanca loves working with children and teens, and is committed to providing experiences that help them express their feelings and recover from difficult experiences and disconnection from their family. Blanca uses a family systems perspective and attachment theory in understanding the parent-child interaction. In sessions she uses play therapy, EMDR, sand tray and sensorimotor psychotherapy training in her approach with children and their families. Blanca understands the challenges families experience as they care for their children and sees parents as the change agents in their children’s lives. Blanca has conducted many workshops in trauma and abuse both in the Unites States and Mexico. Blanca received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Click to view Blanca’s Arizona License. Click for more information about Blanca or to see the list of her training.
DeAnna Wahlheim, LAMFT
DeAnna Wahlheim specializes in treating children and families who have been affected by trauma including neglect, abuse and attachment trauma. She is a skilled parent trainer and coach who offers attachment focused parenting classes. DeAnna is trained in empirically based, developmental models of treatment including the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Theraplay, EMDR, and Sand-Tray.She is also 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 a small farm in the Glendale area inhabited by ducks, chickens, donkey, rabbits, and horses. Click for more information about this therapy. DeAnna holds a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with a minor in Biblical Studies, and a master’s degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. She has a license with the State of AZ as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Click to view DeAnna’s Arizona License.
Dr. Brie Turns, LAMFT
Dr. Brie Turns treats individuals, couples, and families encountering a variety of life’s struggles, such as marital concerns, parenting challenges, depression, and anxiety. Brie specializes in families raising a child with special needs. She adheres to a model of therapy called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, meaning that many discussions in therapy will be centered on potential solutions rather than discussing the origins of the problem. These conversations allow clients to identify their preferred outcome and begin making small changes to reach their goals. With this model of therapy, most clients experience positive outcomes within a relatively short time. Brie has also been specifically trained in premarital therapy and intimate partner violence. Brie has published articles, book chapters, and magazine articles within the field of family therapy. She has also presented at local, state, national, and international conferences regarding families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Click to view Dr. Turns CV. Click to view Dr. Turns Arizona license.
Pam Bonilla, MS, LAC, AutPlay
Pam has a heart for working with children, especially those with Autism. She brings peace and calm with a splash of fun to her work. For this reason, children are drawn to her. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor who has her Masters’ of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Child and Adolescents. She is an EMDR therapist and has been trained in EMDR for ASD. She is also a licensed AutPlay Therapist trained in play therapy for children with autism. Pam worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for those living with autism for many years, engaging daily with children who have autism and their parents. She was also a Preschool teacher for many years and brings this experience into the sessions with children. Her passion is to help families who have special needs become more fully integrated. She has a special talent in finding solutions for problem childhood behaviors. Click to view Pam's AZ License.
Angie Warren, LMSW, CFTP, CCTSI
Angie provides an informal, relaxed environment that permits everyone in the room to be human. Her approach stems from a deep well of grace and unending hope that anyone can find a path to healing given the right tools and support. Angie is a License Master Social Worker, trained as a Certified Family Trauma Professional. Experience includes working in areas of foster/adopt families, sexual abuse, grief, anxiety, and sex trafficking. Psychoeducation regarding the impact of trauma and chronic stress on brain function, Mindfulness, Play, and Capacity Building are utilized to develop skills in communication, connectedness, and healthy self-expression. Angie’s life experience, spiritual journey, and training strengthen her insight, empathy, and skills. Her motto for getting through life’s challenges is, “Watching and waiting to see what God is up to” and emphasis on learning to lean into challenges to find solutions and meaning; because there’s always hope! Click to view Angie's Arizona license.
Sarah Cox, MA, LAC
Sarah has a passion for treating those that have been impacted by trauma and abuse by creating a safe place for healing. Sarah’s goal is that each person who enters her office feels seen and known and leaves with a sense that they are not alone. Sarah has experience working with children and teens who have been placed in foster care or adopted. She has treated victims of trauma including sexual and physical abuse. In addition Sarah has experience treating neglect, grief, anxiety, depression and self-harm. Sarah is trained in EMDR, TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy) and Play Therapy. As a former teacher Sarah’s approach also includes education of trauma and it’s impact on the brain. Sarah also enjoys integrating faith, creative expression, mindfulness and self-compassion into therapy. Sarah received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Ottawa University with an emphasis in trauma, abuse and deprivation and is a Licensed Associate Counselor with the state of Arizona.
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