Category: Articles on Mental Health

Therapist Supervisors in Mesa Arizona

Are you seeking supervision towards becoming an independently licensed therapist in Arizona.  Arizona Family Therapy group has several therapists who are fully licensed and are on the list of approved supervisors for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Not only are these therapists approved supervisors, but they also have extensive training in their fields of expertise which gives a more rich experience to those they supervise. Listed below are some of the Arizona board approved therapy supervisors Feel free

Valerie Alston-Southwick, Couples Counselor in Mesa, Arizona

Valerie Alston-Southwick, LPC

Couples Counselor in Mesa, Arizona Valerie Alston-Southwick, LPC, specializes in helping couples repair their relationship.  She has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT, which research has shown to be highly effective in helping couples strengthen their relationship and stay together. She also has training in and uses a type of therapy called EMDR to help individuals overcome trauma. Valerie has also done training sponsored by the American Association of Sex Addiction Therapy, AASAT, for sex addiction, pornography and affair

Learning How to Restore Trust in Marriage

The Importance of Trust in Relationships Trust is the foundation of all marriages.  Without it, marriages become unstable, suffer, and die.  Here are 3 of the top reasons for serious breaches in trust. 1. Affairs/Adultery – One spouse chooses to have a sexual relationship with a persona who is not their current, legal spouse. 2. Abuse – Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. 3. Addictions – Alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, etc. Each one of these can be a major destroyer of

2 Calls a Day Addiction Recovery App

Whether you are struggling to overcome an addiction or just trying to change a bad habit, the 2 Calls a Day app can be one of your best tools to accountability and recovery. App of Action This app is not just another informational app that talks about the negative effects of addiction or bad habits.  You probably already know the negative effects that your bad habits or addictions have had on yourself or others.  This app is an App of Action.


What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.   How was EMDR developed? In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can

Healing from Scars of the Past – Relational Traumas

Trauma is not only a psychological development, but a biological one as well. Trauma begins when cortisol (a hormone that triggers stress) is released into the brain (Siegel & Solomon, 2003). What triggers trauma can look different for every individual, and that is normal; one doesn’t have to suffer from a car crash, or be shot at. Being yelled at or belittled by those who are important can cause trauma for an individual, as well as more severe forms of

The Addictive Relationship

One of the most powerful aspects of an addiction is the relationship one develops with their addiction. Now that may sound strange, but ask anyone who has struggled with an addiction and they will more than likely say they definitely have a “relationship” with their addiction. They may not know why or how it happens, they just know it has. Phrases I have heard people make in early recovery are, “I just miss it so much”, “It’s like I lost

Therapy for a child diagnosed with bipolar, oppositional defiant, ADHD, anxiety, or reactive attachment disorder (RAD) in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona

Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, anxiety, or Reactive Attachment Disorder? Have the behavioral programs that you have tried not worked with your child? Would you like an alternative treatment approach to medication? Parents Can Help The truth is, there is a lot that parents can do to help their children who struggle with mood disorders learn to regulate their emotions within tolerable levels. Understanding Emotions The first step to treatment

What is family counseling?

Family Counseling in Mesa Arizona Family counseling is where the focus of counseling is not on just one individual but rather the focus is on the way individuals relate within the family.  A family systems approach to counseling is similar to understanding how a car engine works.  Each part of the engine affects, and is affected by, other parts of the engine.  If one part breaks, it doesn’t take long for other parts to be affected.  Similarly, when one individual

Pediatric Therapy in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona

Is it possible for a baby to be depressed? Many parents wonder if it is really possible for a baby to be depressed or to have anxiety, after all, he is just a baby.  The truth is baby’s can become depressed and they can develop anxiety. Many things play a part in a child developing anxiety or depression.  Part of it may be genetic, part of it may be due to medical or physical problems.  A part of it may