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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a therapist who has worked extensively with children and adults that have been affected by domestic violence, I felt it important to shed some light on this taboo subject. It is frequently referred to as a relationship issue, a secret, or private […]

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Domestic Violence





When starting a family, parents rarely think of the “skills” they have (or don’t have) and how they want to teach these to their children. Like any relationship, it takes work to have a happy and healthy family unit. Family Skills like communication, conflict resolution, and emotion management all play […]

Family Skills



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[officers-table shortnames=”rebekahchristner” positiontitle=”Therapist” officertitle=”Phone” contactform=”http://ccdcounseling.com/contact/”] Devaluing Average Since exiting my graduate program 17 years ago, I am astonished at the increase in the severity of mental illness among the children and teens I have served in both schools and private practice. I have certainly seen an increase in the incidence […]

DeValuing Average



All Things Play Therapy Last month, we celebrated National Play Therapy Week. Play therapy is a mis- or, perhaps little understood mode of counseling. It really does just look like we are playing with toys, and some people wonder what exactly it is that we do. That is the reason […]

All Things Play Therapy


Negotiating the Best Valentines Day EVER As a trained mediator, I have spent years teaching negotiation skills to parents who are in the midst of divorce; helping them to restructure their relationships in a way that severs their intimacy while preserving the very best of their parenting partnership. Which is […]

Best Valentines Day Ever




[officers-table shortnames=”mariezubiate” positiontitle=”Therapist” officertitle=”Phone” contactform=”http://ccdcounseling.com/contact/”] (Clinical Supervisor : Rebekah dePeo-Christner) The month of October commonly brings to mind the festivities associated with celebrating Halloween. Many also know that October commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness and National Domestic Violence Awareness. In addition, the month of October commemorates Bullying Prevention Awareness. In order […]

Bully Bystanders Unite Week