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Award for Drs. John and Julie Gottman

By Deborah Pettitt | April 13, 2021

  Mike DeMoss has been with the Center for over 10 years and uses the Gottman Method for his work with couples.  Last month the Gottmans were honored for their decades of work revolutionizing couples therapy with the Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement Award. I thought I would share with you the respect others in this…

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Developmentally Appropriate Play Therapy

By Deborah Pettitt | March 21, 2021

I just finished reading chapter 11 in Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems written by Richard L. Gaskill and Bruce D. Perry. The title of the chapter was “The Neurobiological Power of Play”. I thought I would summarize a few of the important points that the authors presented. Normal vs Compromised Attachments If…

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Teens and Covid

By admin | March 6, 2021

I have been reading more about the effects of covid on the mental health of our teenagers and thought I would share some basic information that might help during these stressful times for all of us. Teen depression and declining mental health are on the rise. Young people are struggling to make sense of their…

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What is Child Trauma

By Deborah Pettitt | February 13, 2021

“Child trauma” refers to a dangerous or life threatening event that happens to a child. This type of event may also happen to someone your child knows and your child is affected as a result of seeing or hearing about the other person being hurt. When these experiences happen, your child may become very overwhelmed and feel…

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Research – Marriage Therapy

By Deborah Pettitt | January 26, 2021

I was reviewing some studies done on the Gottman Method of Marriage Therapy which we use to help couples at the Center.  I thought it would be interesting to just give you a short summary of what the different studies showed. First Study – “The Development and Evaluation of a Gottman-Based Premarital Education Program: A…

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Childhood Trauma and the Pandemic

By Deborah Pettitt | January 4, 2021

I just read a good article concerning children and how some may react traumatically to the covid pandemic. I thought I would summarize two helpful parts of this article: A) typical reactions some children can have, and B) when should parents consider professional help.  If you would like to read the entire article please click…

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Award for Drs. John and Julie Gottman

By Deborah Pettitt | April 13, 2021 |

  Mike DeMoss has been with the Center for over 10 years and uses the Gottman Method for his work with couples.  Last month the Gottmans were honored for their decades of work revolutionizing couples therapy with the Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement Award. I thought I would share with you the respect others in this…

Developmentally Appropriate Play Therapy

By Deborah Pettitt | March 21, 2021 |

I just finished reading chapter 11 in Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems written by Richard L. Gaskill and Bruce D. Perry. The title of the chapter was “The Neurobiological Power of Play”. I thought I would summarize a few of the important points that the authors presented. Normal vs Compromised Attachments If…

Teens and Covid

By admin | March 6, 2021 |

I have been reading more about the effects of covid on the mental health of our teenagers and thought I would share some basic information that might help during these stressful times for all of us. Teen depression and declining mental health are on the rise. Young people are struggling to make sense of their…

What is Child Trauma

By Deborah Pettitt | February 13, 2021 |

“Child trauma” refers to a dangerous or life threatening event that happens to a child. This type of event may also happen to someone your child knows and your child is affected as a result of seeing or hearing about the other person being hurt. When these experiences happen, your child may become very overwhelmed and feel…

Research – Marriage Therapy

By Deborah Pettitt | January 26, 2021 |

I was reviewing some studies done on the Gottman Method of Marriage Therapy which we use to help couples at the Center.  I thought it would be interesting to just give you a short summary of what the different studies showed. First Study – “The Development and Evaluation of a Gottman-Based Premarital Education Program: A…

Childhood Trauma and the Pandemic

By Deborah Pettitt | January 4, 2021 |

I just read a good article concerning children and how some may react traumatically to the covid pandemic. I thought I would summarize two helpful parts of this article: A) typical reactions some children can have, and B) when should parents consider professional help.  If you would like to read the entire article please click…

Marriage Conversations during Covid

By Deborah Pettitt | December 13, 2020 |

I just read an article by Dr. Julie Gottman of the Gottman Institute. In the article she talks about the realities of COVID-19 and how it can take a toll on our relationships. “People who are constrained inside four walls are going to feel stressed over time, especially with the additional fear of getting sick…

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…

Five Untruths about Marriage

By Deborah Pettitt | October 24, 2020 |

I just read an article by John Gottman in the Washington Post (Marriage Myths) about 5 things many people believe… but are untrue about marriage, click on the link if you want to read the whole article. Untruth #1 – Common Interests keep you together “It is not what you do but how you interact…

Trauma and Low Grade Stress

By Deborah Pettitt | October 3, 2020 |

I just finished listening to a podcast interviewing Dr. Bruce Perry, the topic was about the possibility of childhood trauma and long term low grade childhood stress producing the same effects. If you would like to listen to the entire podcast please click on the link. Let me summarize the first part of the interview…