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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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Regulate, Relate and Reason

By Deborah Pettitt | November 27, 2022 |

I just got done rereading Dr Perry’s thoughts on working with traumatized children using the “regulate, relate, and reason” sequence from his Neurosequential model of therapeutics and I thought it would be good to review this month. Step 1: Regulate. Since it is basically impossible to do any work with traumatized children when they are…

Gottman Therapy and 7 days

By Deborah Pettitt | October 27, 2022 |

I just read a New York Times article on the book from the Gottman institute titled “The Love Prescription: Seven Days to More Intimacy, Connection, and Joy”.  I thought- “really 7 days” -but as I read I realized the purpose of the article was to share some very helpful information to encourage couples in their…

Quotes about Grandparents

By Deborah Pettitt | September 25, 2022 |

I just got to share some time with my grandson last weekend and we had a fantastic time.  It made me think of my favorite quotes and I thought I would share some with you about grandparents this week. “God couldn’t be everywhere so he created grandparents!” “The only thing better than having you as…

When to seek Marriage Therapy

By Deborah Pettitt | August 21, 2022 |

I just read a good article titled “When is it a good time to seek couples counseling?” and I thought I would summarize some of the great points the author made. If you would like to read the entire article please click on the link. Red Flags The article started with what it calls the…

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…