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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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Marriage and Covid19

By Mike DeMoss | November 19, 2020

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 virus is putting a tremendous strain on even some of the best marriages. Being stuck in a limit space, working from home and struggling financial security all add up to stress and strain on marriages. There are somethings that you can do to help improve your marriage if the…

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Marriage During Covid19

By Mike DeMoss | July 7, 2020

Marriage Counseling and the Pandemic It’s no secret that since the outbreak of the pandemic marriage stress has risen and sometimes pushed to the breaking point. Being forced to be closed in your home for extended periods of time with your spouse during the virus can be a significant challenge. Even the best marriages can…

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Dealing with Depression

By Mike DeMoss | May 13, 2018

The experience of depression has been referred to as a heavy darkness. Others have described it as falling overboard in a rough ocean and struggling to keep your head above water while treading without a lifejacket. In Jeff Olson’s “When Hope Is Lost”, he quotes Charles Spurgeon as likening depression to “the horror of a soul…

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Bipolar Disorder

By Mike DeMoss | April 1, 2018

Help, I’m married to a spouse with a bipolar disorder! Being married to a spouse with bipolar can be a very difficult challenge. Often a marriage where bipolar is present can be described by the offended spouse as being on an emotional rollercoaster. Many marriages can be serious jeopardy when the disorder is present in…

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Couples Therapy

By Mike DeMoss | May 16, 2017

Couples Therapy – Gottman method As a couple’s therapist, I believe the Gottman Method is one of the most effective methods in helping couples in conflict. A great deal of research has gone into what helps couples have a meaningful relationship and what most often leads couples to split apart. The Gottman’s indicate that there are…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What happened to You

By Deborah Pettitt | January 24, 2022 |

For the next few blogs I will be summarizing my insights from some of the sections of Dr. Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s recent collaborative book entitled “What happened to You”. Frequently when I first meet with parents in therapy I ask about their child’s early experiences. This is important especially in cases of adoption where…

Infants and Trauma

By Deborah Pettitt | December 23, 2021 |

I just read an article titled “Trauma-exposed Infants and Toddlers: A Review of Impacts and Evidence-Based Interventions” by Alysse Melville. This article focused on birth to two years old and it caught my attention because very few studies have been done on this age group as it relates to trauma. What follows is a summary…