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Practice Specialties

  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Blended Family Counseling
  • Child/Play Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • EMDR
  • Marriage and Family Christian Counseling
  • Stress Anxiety Depression Christian Counseling

About

The Center serves families from a faith based perspective that respects personal faith tradition. We offer a wide range of counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and family groups. Therapies are effective as well as creative and pleasurable.
Therapists have expertise in trauma recovery, attachment, EMDR, play therapy, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, Gottman Marriage Therapy, and Bruce Perry's Neuro-sequential Model of Therapeutics. We also offer equine assisted therapy and parenting classes.
Our lobby is a warm place to have a cup of tea and wait for your appointment in a lovely restored territorial style building in northcentral Phoenix. We also have an east valley location. All therapists hold Master's degrees or higher. Each one is licensed in the state of Arizona by the Board of Behavioral Health.

Therapists on Staff

Pam Bonilla
Warren Pettitt
Brie Turns
DeAnna Wahlheim

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 and has been serving families for over 20 years. She is one of a handful of Registered Play Therapist Supervisors in the state of Arizona. Her specialty is helping children recover from trauma, abuse and neglect. She is skilled at treating attachment issues.

Deborah uses expressive techniques to engage children in the therapy process and bring about change. These techniques include sand tray, drama, art techniques, play therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Deborah also has therapy dog named Courage. He is useful in helping children address difficult topics. Deborah is skilled in supporting foster and adoptive families, especially with regard to attachment issues. She understands the extreme pressure families face when parenting troubled children.
Pam Bonilla

Pam Bonilla

MS, LAC, AutPlay
Pam has a heart for working with children, especially those with Autism. She brings peace and calm with a splash of fun to her work. For this reason, children are drawn to her. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor who has her Masters’ of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Child and Adolescents. She is an EMDR therapist and has been trained in EMDR for ASD. She is also a licensed AutPlay Therapist trained in play therapy for children with autism. Pam worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for those living with autism for many years, engaging daily with children who have autism and their parents. She was also a Preschool teacher for many years and brings this experience into the sessions with children. Her passion is to help families who have special needs become more fully integrated. She has a special talent in finding solutions for problem childhood behaviors.
Warren Pettitt

Warren Pettitt

MAPC, LPC
Mike DeMoss, LAC is a psychotherapist licensed in Arizona and a member and officer of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. He attained a master of Professional Counseling Degree at Ottawa University in Phoenix. He has studied at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA and is currently President of the Arizona Counselors Association (AzCA). Mike’s key focus is in use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as a therapy model. He has post-graduate training in the Gottman Method for marriage therapy. 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.

Mike’s Christian background gives him a heartfelt desire to help people heal. His compassion, encouragement and enthusiasm allow him to relate to individuals in a way that helps affect positive change in their lives.
Brie Turns

Brie Turns

PhD, LAMFT
Dr. Brie Turns treats individuals, couples, and families encountering a variety of life’s struggles, such as marital concerns, parenting challenges, depression, and anxiety. Brie specializes in families raising a child with special needs. She adheres to a model of therapy called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, meaning that many discussions in therapy will be centered on potential solutions rather than discussing the origins of the problem. These conversations allow clients to identify their preferred outcome and begin making small changes to reach their goals. With this model of therapy, most clients experience positive outcomes within a relatively short time. Brie has also been specifically trained in premarital therapy and intimate partner violence. Brie has published articles, book chapters, and magazine articles within the field of family therapy. She has also presented at local, state, national, and international conferences regarding families raising a child with an autism spectr
DeAnna Wahlheim

DeAnna Wahlheim

MS, LAMFT
DeAnna Wahlheim specializes in treating children and families who have been affected by trauma including neglect, abuse and attachment trauma. She is a skilled parent trainer and coach who offers attachment focused parenting classes. DeAnna is trained in empirically based, developmental models of treatment including the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Theraplay, EMDR, and Sand-Tray.She is also trained in EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Equine therapy is a collaborative approach consisting of a client/clients, mental health professional, equine specialist and one or more horses. There is no riding involved, rather the interaction is with horses on the ground. The equine therapy sessions are held at a small farm in the Glendale area inhabited by ducks, chickens, donkey, rabbits, and horses. DeAnna holds a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with a minor in Biblical Studies, and a master’s degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. She has a license with the S

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