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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

married 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.

Individual Adult Therapy

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).

 

My Favorite Marriage Quotes

By Deborah Pettitt | August 2, 2022

I have always enjoyed short quotes that capture the essence of a subject, I thought today I would share with you some of my favorite quotes about marriage: “A good marriage is where each one secretly suspects they got the better deal” – Unknown“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the…

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Childhood Trauma and ACE’s

By Deborah Pettitt | July 11, 2022

In the 1990’s the Center for Disease Control discovered an exposure that dramatically increased the risk for developing 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death. In high doses it effects: Brain development The immune system The endocrine system And even how our DNA is read and translated What the risk is and is…

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Principles for Making Marriage Work

By Deborah Pettitt | June 27, 2022

The “7 Principles for Making Marriage Work” was written by the psychologist John Gottman. This blog will be a summary of those 7 principles. Enhance your love maps.  Love centers around being great friends, the first skill that’s required is an understanding of what’s important to your partner. Thinking about the details of the activities…

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The Science of Play Therapy

By Deborah Pettitt | June 2, 2022

I just read an article entitled “The Science of Play Therapy” and I want to share four highlights from it concerning how play therapy aids in healthy neuro-development. Impact of Play therapy Play therapy allows a child to explore emotions, worries and imagination, as well as gain and practice coping strategies. While exploring the brain…

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Yes Brain

By Deborah Pettitt | May 13, 2022

I just read an interview with Dan Siegel about his book called  “YES Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child.” Dr. Siegel starts out the interview saying that the concepts in this book are a “no-brainer” Actually he said they were a “yes brainer” “The idea for parents or anyone caring…

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Evaluate your Marriage

By Mike DeMoss | April 22, 2022

How is your communication with your partner? Is it where you want it to be? Could it be improved? Do you ever feel like you wished you could talk about deeply held beliefs, thoughts, or feelings with your partner, but feel it’s pointless as it often ends up as a misunderstanding or an argument? Don’t…

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Developmental Trauma

By Deborah Pettitt | March 27, 2022

Developmental trauma occurs when a child is traumatized during critical early growth periods. Often in the first two years of life.  This trauma alters brain development and requires a therapeutic approach that understands what was missed and how to begin repair. I let parents know that repair starts with regulation. Dr Perry encourages repetitive motion…

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My Favorite Family Quotes

By Deborah Pettitt | March 9, 2022

I thought this week I would just share some of my favorite family quotes, hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I do. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” –Michael J. Fox “You don’t choose your family. They…

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