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Frequently Asked Questions

Is counseling a worthwhile thing to invest time and finances in?

  • Untreated mental stress and/or conditions can lengthen treatment time and be more costly in the long run
  • Maintaining and improving your emotional health is an investment in yourself and benefits the rest of your life
  • Therapy helps one deal with the day to day stress as well as current economic stressors

Which intervention is the most promising?

  • Interventions are like flavors of ice cream, there is not one flavor that works for everyone
  • Clients each have their own individual strengths, struggles, concerns or needs and their therapy is a combination created specifically for them at this point in their life

What does a professional counselor practice?

The practice of Professional Counseling includes the application of mental health, psychological, or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic intervention strategies, that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology.

What is a professional counseling specialty?

A professional counseling specialty is narrowly focused, requiring advanced knowledge in the field founded on the premise that all Professional Counselors must first meet the requirements for the general practice of professional counseling.

What are the educational backgrounds of a Counselor?

  • Social Work, MSW
  • Marriage and Family Therapist, MFT
  • Professional Counselor, MAPC or MA
  • Psychologist, PhD

What type of disclosure should one look for regarding a Counselor?

  • State Licensed (Credentials & Number)
  • Educational Background & Experience
  • Theoretic Orientation
  • Length of Sessions
  • Fee Structure (Insurance or Private Pay)
  • Techniques Utilized

Is there anything else that would be helpful to know while looking for a Counselor?

Therapists tend to state they are eclectic in their approach, which is good. That just means they use what ever strategy that is needed. Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems and Client Centered are a good combination. For more interactive counseling, Expressive/Creative Art therapists use hands on modalities to help client’s explore and express inner emotions along with conversation.

All therapists should have client’s sign an Informed Consent, which outlines confidentiality, scope of practice, benefit and risk of process, and emergency contacts. This document is imperative to an ethical practice and client-therapist relationship.


Personal Growth and Self Awareness

  • 5: Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? Dan Zadra (Author), Kristel Wills (Editor)
  • 7: How Many Days of the Week Can Be Extraordinary?  By Dan Zadra
  • 1: How Many People Does It Take to Make a Difference?  By Dan Zadra, Kobi Yamada
  • How to Find Your Mission in Life by Richard Bolles
  • How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath
  • Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • Focus on the Good Stuff : the power of Appreciation by Mike Robbins
  • Be Yourself, everyone else is already taken: transform your life with the power of Authenticity by Mike Robbins
  • 10-10-10 A Life-Transforming Idea by Suzy Welch
  • How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership by Marilyn Carlson
  • The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto
  • The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things: Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness by Larry Dossey
  • Are You the One for Me? Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong by Barbara DeAngelis
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman series: couples, singles & as a way of life
  • The Five Languages of Apology; How to Experience Healing in all Your Relationships by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas
  • Overcoming Hurts & Anger by Dwight Carlson
  • How You Feel is Up To You by Dinkmeyer & McKay


General Family Resources

  • Feed Your Kids Right by Lendon Smith (1979)
  • The Forever Healthy Diet by Wende Bartolome
  • The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R Covey
  • Growing a Girl: Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter by B. Mackoff, PhD
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
  • His Need, Her Needs for Parents by Harley
  • Parenting Arizona - (602) 248-0428
  • National Runaway Switchboard - (800) 621-4000
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters - (480) 784-1514


Neurological Challenges: Memory, Mood, Cognition,

Clarity, TBI and Toxicity

  • The Neurofeedback Solution: How to Treat Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Stroke, PTSD, and More by Stephen Larsen
  • Healing Young Brains, The Neurofeedback Solution by Hill, Ph.D. and Castro, M.D.
  • The Healing Power of Neurofeedback by Stephen Larsen, PhD
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge, M.D.
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  • Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina
  • The UltraMind Solution: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind by Mark Hyman M.D.
  • Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life by Mark Liponis and Mark Hyman M.D.
  • Food Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Indentification and Treatment by Jonathan Brostoff, M.D.
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel Amen
  • Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Natash Campbell-McBride
  • Choosing Health: Dr. Force's Functional Selfcare Workbook  by Mark Force
  • Dr. Rick Sponaugle on national PBS broadcast of "The Road to Perfect Health"
  • Natural Detoxification by J. Krohn, M.D. and Taylor, MA
  • Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing by P. Balch, CNC
  • Music for Concentration by Richard Lawrence, The Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble and Bach, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Arne Salieri (Audio CD)

Childhood Issues: Emotional, Behavioral and Developmental

  • Healing Young Brains: The Neurofeedback Solution by Robert W. Hill
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revloutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Five Love Languages of Children by Chapman & Campbell
  • Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman
  • The Out of Sync Child by C. Kranowitz
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child by L. Biel
  • Is This Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults by Doris Rapp, M.D.
  • Reflexes, Learning and Behavior: A Window into the Child’s Mind by Sally Goddard
  • The Well Balanced Child: Attention Balance and Coordination by Sally Goddard
  • Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balanced Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other Neurological Disorders by Robert Melillo, MD
  • The Gift of ADHD by Honor-Webb
  • The Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman
  • Raising a Responsible Child by Dinkmeyer & McKay
  • Making Your Children Mind without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman
  • The Answer is NO: Saying It and Sticking to it by Whitham Winning
  • The Whining War & Other Skirmishes: a family peace plan by Whitham
  • Helping the Non-Compliant Child by McMahon & Forehand
  • 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child by Jeffrey Bernstein
  • Your Defiant Child: 8 Steps to Better Behavior by Ross Greene
  • Envisioning a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Patricia S. Lemer
  • The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood
  • Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson
  • The Unwritten Rules of Friendship by E. Man & Kennedy-Moore
  • Good Friends are Hard to Find: Help your child find, make and keep friends by Frankel
  • Arizona State University Department of Psychology  - (480) 965-7296
    Social skills child program for ages 9-11
  • Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
    Educating the child with bipolar disorder



  • The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Verrier
  • Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adopted Parents Knew by Sherrie Elderidge
  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah Gray


Teens and Young Adulthood

  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain
  • Boundries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by John Townsend
  • Parenting Today's Adolescent Helping Your Child Avoid the Traps of the Preteen and Teen Years by Dennis Rainey
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Chapman
  • Stop Negotiating with Your Teen by Janet Edgette
  • When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help and What to do About it by L.Boesky
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Pipher & Ross
  • What Color is Your Parachute for Teens by Richard Bolles
  • Teen Lifeline - (602) 248-TEEN You are not alone, 24 hour service
  • Q-Line: (480) 736-4925 24 hour service
  • APECA (602) 252-1382 teen groups for self injury and sex trauma



  • 2:  How Will You Create Something Beautiful Together?  by Dan Zadra
  • Make Up, Don't Break Up: Finding and Keeping Love for Singles and Couples by Eaker & Hendrix
  • Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, 20th Anniversary Edition by Harville Hendrix
  • Making Marriage Simple: Ten Truths for Changing the Relationship You Have into the One You Want  by Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt
  • The Marriage You've Always Wanted by Gary Chapman
  • Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married by Gary D. Chapman
  • His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage by Willard F. Harley
  • After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis Abrahms Spring and Michael Spring
  • Honey Are You Listening?: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Your Marriage by Richard A. Fowler
  • Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship by Gary Chapman
  • The Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman
  • Spousonomics: Or How to Maxamise Returns on the Biggest Investment of Your Life by Paula Szuchman, Jenny Anderson
  • Time for a Better Marriage: Training in Marriage Enrichment(Rebuilding Books) by Jon Carlson and Don Dinkmeyer Sr.
  • Fighting for Your Marriage: A Deluxe Revised Edition of the Classic Best-seller for Enhancing Marriage and Preventing Divorce by Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley and Susan L. Blumberg
  • I Don't Want a Divorce: A 90 Day Guide to Saving Your Marriage by Dr. David Clarke and Dr. William G. Clarke
  • 12 Proven Steps to Have a Healthy Marriage, Prevent Divorce and Keep Your Romance Alive (Marriage Counseling) by Richard Chesser


Divorce and Blended Family


Psycho Pharmaceuticals


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