Autism Specialty

Autism Specialty

Family Christian Counseling Center is excited to announce that Dr. Brie Turns will be joining our counseling team. Dr. Turns is also an assistant professor of marital and family therapy in the School of Psychology at the Fuller Southwest campus in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Turns specialization centers on families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and this brings a new expertise to the Center.


Dr. Turns has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters focusing on individuals and families living with ASD, and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Turns has additionally conducted trainings for mental health professionals regarding the proper care and treatment of families with special needs. Turns is currently co-editing the first textbook, Systematically Treating Autism: A Guide for Empowering Families (scheduled to be published in late 2018), that educates clinicians on the use of systemic models with families raising a child with ASD, including the application of systemic models while considering the strengths and challenges faced by families.


Her doctoral dissertation received funding from Texas Tech University and the Solution-Focused Brief Family Therapy Association. While earning her doctorate, she worked at a private practice, conducted medical family therapy for individuals with cancer, and was a member of the Crisis Team for the Lubbock Police Department.
Dr. Turns is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in Indiana, Texas and now Arizona. Additionally she is a pre-clinical fellow and an approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Contact Information

If you would like to contact Dr. Turns please call Family Christian Counseling Center at 602-325-1233. The Center is excited to add this new specialty and share it with the Phoenix community. To read more about the services offered by the Center please click on the link or contact us by phone or email-, we look forward to hearing from you.

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