Family Christian Counseling Center

1300 E Missouri Av, Suite 220
Phoenix, Arizona, US

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Practice Specialties

  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Blended Family Counseling
  • Child Play Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • EMDR


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.
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

Brie Turns
Mike DeMoss
Danen Downs
Kerri Gardner

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.
Brie Turns

Brie Turns

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
Mike DeMoss

Mike DeMoss

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.
Danen Downs

Danen Downs

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.
Kerri Gardner

Kerri Gardner

Kerri Garner, LPC, specializes in the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and EMDR along with Theraplay® in her work with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She has advanced training and is a certified professional in all three of these modalities. An adoptive mother herself, Kerri is passionate about bringing children and their caregivers into closer, healing relationships with each other. While her specialties include childhood abuse, trauma, attachment, PTSD, relationship, and parenting, she enjoys working with cross-cultural transition and multicultural experiences as well. She has also partnered with several children’s’ homes, providing therapy to their children and, more importantly, training the caregivers and staff in Theraplay and trauma-informed care. Kerri earned her Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001.

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