Our Therapists

Deborah Pettitt

Director – Deborah Pettitt: MC, LPC, RPT-S

Deborah is the Director of the Family Christian Counseling Center of Phoenix. She has extensive training and experience in treating children. She is one of a few Registered Play Therapist Supervisors in the state of Arizona. Deborah is trained in Bruce Perry’s neurosequential model and teaches Child and Adolescent Counseling at Fuller seminary. Her specialty is helping children recover from trauma, abuse and neglect. She is skilled in treating attachment issues. Parents are always an integral part of this process. Click to see Deborah’s full biography and extensive post graduate training. Click to see an Attachment and Trauma specific list for post graduate training. Click to subscribe to the RSS feed for Deborah’s blog. (Arizona licensure for Deborah Pettitt).(Click forQuick tips by Deborah”).

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Mike DeMoss - MAPC, LPC

Mike specializes in marriage, family, individual and adolescent counseling. He uses the Gottman Method for couple’s therapy, Systems Theory for family therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for adult individuals and adolescents. His Christian background gives him a heartfelt desire to help people heal. Mike’s compassion, encouragement and enthusiasm allow him to relate to individuals in a way that helps affect positive change in their lives. Visit Mike’s blog to read more about marriage and family counseling. (Arizona licensure for Mike DeMoss). Expanded BiographyMike has completed Levels 1 and 2 of Gottman Marriage training.  Click to read more information concerning Gottman Marriage Therapy. Click to view payment information.

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Dr. Brie Turns - PhD, LMFT

I’m Dr. Brie Turns-Coe, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has been working with individuals, couples, and families since 2012. I have a passion for working with children and teens with challenging behaviors and trauma. When working with children, I often use sandtray and art therapy to help clients express their feelings and thoughts. I also love working with adult individuals and couples who feel stuck navigating relationships and life’s challenges.I am also trained in EMDR Therapy, which is an evidence-based treatment for trauma with adults and children. I also commonly use Internal Family Systems (IFS) while working with adult clients.  IFS is a non-blaming or shaming treatment model that allows clients to understand their behaviors and emotions as various “parts” of their personality that may feel wounded or protective. I work with clients to better understand these parts and help each part heal, giving clients internal peace. I earned my Master’s in Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University and doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University. I am a nationally approved supervisor and enjoy teaching and supervising master-level clinicians at Arizona Christian University. I have written several books including my latest, Parent the Child You Have, Not the Child You Were, which takes a deep dive into healing parent’s childhood traumas in order to be the parent their child needs. Arizona License

 

Danen Downs

Danen Downs, LAMFT

 

Danen graduated from Fuller Seminary with a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Danen sees children, adults, and families. He has advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma. He has also taken specialized training in working with children and couples. Danen is a former teacher who also has experience working effectively with teens. Arizona License

Susie Gonzalez

Susie Gonzalez, MAC, LAC

Susie Gonzalez enjoys working with women and couples. She uses the evidence based Gottman Method with Couples and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with women of all ages.. She offers hope to women who have experienced trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, and are parents of addicted children. She also has experience with Complicated Grief Therapy and women recovering from substance abuse. Susie has life experience as a former missionary to Mexico and presently serves as a pastor’s wife. She understands the complex issues of church life and relationships. Though she has a deep personal faith she is sensitive to each persons choice about bringing faith in to the therapy session and warmly supports them in their personal journey. She loves giving practical and life-giving tools to all. Susie is a graduate of Phoenix Seminary with a Masters degree in counseling.  She is bilingual and welcomes Spanish-speaking clients. Click to view her Arizona license.

Sara Brown

Sara Brown, M.S.MFT

I'm Sara Brown, a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) with a passion for helping children, adolescents, women, and families navigate the complexities of life and their relationships. I also help my clients heal from trauma. My approach to therapy is grounded in a deep understanding of attachment dynamics, bolstered by EMDR training, and enriched with the creative elements of play and art therapy. My attachment-focused approach helps individuals and families explore and heal past wounds, strengthen their connections, and build secure, lasting bonds. I am trained in EMDR therapy, a powerful method for processing trauma and alleviating emotional distress. I often incorporate play therapy and art interventions into my sessions, especially when working with children and adolescents. These therapeutic tools provide a unique pathway for self-expression, self-discovery, and healing.

I hold a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, where my dedication to fostering healthy relationships and emotional well-being began to take shape. I have been married for twenty-one years and have four children. I was a sixth-grade teacher before becoming a therapist. I believe that therapy is a collaborative journey, and I am here to walk alongside you. Together, we'll uncover your strengths, develop coping strategies, and work towards your therapeutic goals. My commitment is to provide compassionate guidance and evidence-based interventions that facilitate your personal growth and healing. Arizona License

 

 

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Andee Livas: LAMFT, CFLE

My name is Andee Livas, and I am committed to helping individuals and families thrive in their relationships and overcome life’s challenges. I specifically focus on addressing marital, child behavioral, and parenting concerns. I received training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and use my expertise in human development and attachment theory to help clients achieve their goals and create lasting change.

I offer a unique perspective as a certified family life educator and as a university professor in family studies and child development programs. I am passionate about working with children with developmental & behavioral challenges as well as families involved in ministry, military families and blended families. I come from a military home as a gold star family member, and I have spent 20 years working in Christian ministry. It is my goal to provide a welcoming and helpful encounter, and with a collaborative effort, I aim to assist clients to build on their strengths toward healing and personal breakthrough.

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Megan Meyers -  Masters Level Intern

Megan is a Masters Level Intern under the supervision of Deborah Pettitt and Dr. Brie Turns. She is working on completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. Megan first began her counseling journey as a lay counselor at Scottsdale Bible Church, where she enjoyed meeting with young adult women struggling with identity, anxiety, depression, and emotional regulation. Megan has a brother who was born with developmental disabilities, so she has personal experience and a passion for working with fellow siblings of those affected by disabilities. She is actively involved in serving through the special needs ministry at Scottsdale Bible Church with both adults and children. Additionally, Megan is a missionary kid and understands the joys and challenges of growing up in a ministry-focused environment. While Megan is still developing her therapeutic approach, she often uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Ultimately, she desires to foster a safe, nurturing environment of collaboration with her clients on the path toward healing.