Edie Moore and Pam Bonilla

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Children are 1/3 of our population..... and ALL of our future!

Deborah Pettitt - Director

Family Therapy
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Family counseling often teaches family members new and more positive ways to communicate .

Mike DeMoss

Marriage Therapy
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Mike DeMoss is trained in the Gottman Method of Marriage Therapy, he has over 20 years of experience helping married couples.

Deborah Pettitt - Director

Trauma Therapy
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Our specialty is helping children with trauma. We would love to meet you and your child and begin the process of healing.

Dr. Brie Turns and Pam Bonilla

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In recent years, the number of children identified with ASD has increased. Brie and Pam have expertise to help you and your child.

Deborah Pettitt - Director

Adult Therapy
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Individual psychotherapy for adults offers a compassionate approach to therapy.

DeAnna Walheim - our equine specialist.

Equine Assisted Therapy
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DeAnna does her therapy out of Sunburst Rescue Farm. She is a member of EAGALA, a nationally recognized equine therapy group.

Number of clients seen
Growing every year
Number of client sessions
Growing every year
Years experience for all therapists
Years of Clinical Expertise
Total years for the Center
since 2010

Main Office - 1300 East Missouri Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85014 (602-325-1233)

Fax number (602-277-5251)


Dobson Office - 3200 N Dobson Road

Chandler, AZ 85224 (602-325-1233)

Fax number (602-277-5251)

Corona Virus Resources

Deborah's Blog

A summary of a great PBS Kids

article about talking to your children

about the virus

Read the blog

Ana Gomez

Children's Book concerning

the corona virus

Read Ana's Book

Bruce Perry

This is a video from Dr. Perry concerning

stress and resilency during the covid19


Watch this video

Click to read our Health and Safety Plan during this time of Coronavirus.

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 now have a satellite office on Dobson Road in Chandler. We are also excited to announce that Feedspot awarded us 2 blog honors. We are now in the top 100 counseling blogs and top 35 Christian Counseling blogs in the country. We do not accept insurance but do provide a superbill for clients who wish to file for out of network benefits. Please click on the link for a short video on what a superbill is.

This month we are highlighting "Deborah's Tips", these are short articles from our director with helps for parenting traumatized children. Please click on the link and we hope they help.

We are also excited to announce 3 parenting videos that can be purchased from our website. Please click on the link if you would like more information.

Christian Counseling Blogs

We would like to announce that Deborah's blog has been awarded entry into the top 35 Christian Counseling blogs as awarded by Feedspot.  Feedspot's criteria for this award are:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
children's therapy

Children’s Therapy 

We believe that childhood should be a time for healthy growth and development with a happy family. For many children and teens, it is a time of great emotional stress.  Children react to stress in many ways including withdrawal and acting out behaviors at home and school. Parents and school personnel want to help children become happy, loving adults, however in today’s society, this can be a difficult goal. Our philosophy is to help children and families learn the life skills necessary to be successful.
family therapy

Family Therapy 

Family counseling may help to promote better relationships and understanding within a family. It may be incident specific, as for example family counseling during a divorce, or a child experiencing trauma. Alternately family counseling may address the needs of the family when one family member suffers from a mental or physical illness that alters his or her behavior or habits in negative ways. The therapist often helps the family reflect on better ways of communicating with each other and because of that family counseling may in part be instruction and encouragement. In fact, family counseling often teaches family members new and more positive ways to communicate to replace old, negative communication patterns.
marriage therapy

Marriage Therapy

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.

adult therapy

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

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 Sunburst Rescue Farm in Glendale, 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. 

Come meet our amazing team!

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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

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