How does counseling help?

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Being able to share your thoughts and feelings with a compassionate and supportive professional is the first step to healing.  It can benefit both your emotional and physical health to voice your worries or talk about a struggle that is impacting your life.  We might need more help than our family, friends, and social circles are able to provide.  When you need some extra support, talking to someone in a confidential setting can help.

Counseling is very different than the kind of support we get from family and friends. Our professional therapists can help you break up negative patterns, heal hurts from life experiences, improve communication, and make your life better.

Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling

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At Summit Family Therapy, we provide services to couples.  Those considering marriage are welcome to weigh the pros and cons of taking their relationship to the next level.  Struggling marriages have the chance to mend broken promises and reopen damaged communication channels.  Relationship enrichment is also offered for couples wanting to rekindle a dwindling flame.  We also work to restore relationships through a forgiveness process and build them up by learning how to work through conflict in a healthy way. 

No matter where you are from or what your concern may be, our aim is both to reach your goals and enrich your relationships.

Couple and Marital Issues We Treat Include:

  • Addiction
  • Affairs/Infidelity
  • Boundaries
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Codependency
  • Communication
  • Divorce
  • Infertility
  • Life Transitions
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Family Therapy

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Recovery is a family effort.  We help parents resolve behavioral problems with their children by exploring family dynamics, improving boundaries, and teaching parenting skills.  We can help you and your family navigate substance use and sexual addiction. 

Family therapy can identify and resolve conflicts in the family.  We can discussion your family roles, rules, and language of relationship — anything that might contribute to a problem.  Every family has both strengths and weaknesses.

We take a holistic perspective of health care.  We are most concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.

Family Issues We Treat Include:

  • Addiction
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Blended Families
  • Building Resilience
  • Codependency
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Family Stress
  • Parenting
  • Single Parenting

Children's Counseling

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Successful counseling with children must consider both family dynamics and any potential developmental issues.  What might look like “bad behavior” may be the only way a child knows how to communicate his or her needs. During the counseling process, we work to create a safe place that enables children to develop an understanding of big emotions and learn new healthy behaviors.

John Gottman writes, in Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, “When parents offer their children empathy and help them to cope with negative feelings like anger, sadness, and fear, parents build bridges of loyalty and affection.”

CHILDHOOD Issues We Treat Include:

  • Adoption Adjustment
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Depression
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Grief & Loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive  
  • Physical Abuse
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Problems
  • Social Skills
  • Trauma

Play Therapy & Filial Therapy

One unique service provided at Summit Family Therapy is Play Therapy.  Play Therapy is different from a child’s everyday play activities.  Play Therapy is defined by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."  This video will explain further why this approach is so effective with children's issues.


Individual Counseling

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We treat individuals with presenting problems like depression, anxiety, addiction, etc.  What makes us unique is that we address problems in the context of your relationships.

We offer mental health services from a family systems perspective.  Family systems theory looks at the individual within his or her unique family and life context.  In other words, your current relationships with friends, family, and coworkers are considered when catering to your therapeutic goals.

We also address individual issues like trauma, sexual problems, loss, and phobias.  Therapy can also be focused on personal growth.  We can help you manage stress or anger; improve relationships with your coworkers, family or loved ones; and revive neglected personal goals.  We even work individually with spouses or partners recovering from relational betrayals, hidden addictions, and divorce. 

Individual Issues We Treat Include:

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Affair/Infidelity Recovery
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Dating Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Drug Abuse
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Sex & Love Addiction Recovery


Coming to realize you may have an addiction can be overwhelming.  You want to figure out what to do, but it can be very scary taking those first steps towards recovery.  You need to talk to someone about your problem, but you are not sure where to turn. 

Sexual addiction is defined by the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals as "any sexually-related compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment."  Just like an alcoholic who cannot to control their drinking, those struggling with sex or pornography addiction continue their self-destructive sexual behavior despite negative consequences.

To be clear, we are not anti-sex.  We think sex is a very good thing when it aligns with your faith or personal belief system.  World renowned couples' therapist, Sue Johnson, writes in her book Love Sense, "Hot sex doesn’t lead to secure love; rather, secure attachment leads to hot sex—and also to love that lasts.”  A healthy sexual relationship is an important element of emotional bonding and the attachment process.

signs of sexual addiction (Carnes, 2010):

  • Acting out: a pattern of out-of-control sexual behavior.
  • Experiencing severe consequences due to sexual behavior, and an inability to stop despite these adverse consequences.
  • Persistent pursuit of self-destructive behavior.
  • Ongoing desire or effort to limit sexual behavior.
  • Sexual obsession and fantasy as a primary coping strategy.
  • Regularly increasing the amount of sexual experience because the current level of activity is no longer sufficiently satisfying.
  • Severe mood changes related to sexual activity.
  • Inordinate amounts of time spent obtaining sex, being sexual, and recovering from sexual experiences.
  • Neglect of important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of sexual behaviors.


Assessments & Reports

We may use formal assessments as part of your treatment and goal setting process.  We only use assessments which are appropriately designed, normed, tested for validity, and are widely considered to be dependable tools by other clinicians.  All formal assessments have limitations and must be applied contextually and with appropriate care.  These are typically used to gather more data about problematic behavior and how it might impact others.  Our online assessments could potentially save an individual 1-2 months of therapy sessions because these provide so much information.  These are the current tests we provide. 

Sexual Addiction Screening Test Revised (SAST-R)

  • Designed to assist in the assessment of sexually compulsive behavior
  • May indicate the presence of sex addiction
  • Brief in nature
  • FREE to take on the Recovery Zone website

"Betrayal Bond" Index Test

  • Identifies signs of traumatic bonding (when a person bonds on the basis of betrayal)
  • Traumatic bonding creates what we call a "betrayal bond”
  • Brief in nature
  • FREE to take on the Recovery Zone Website

Sexual Dependency Inventory 4.0 (SDI)

  • Longer assessment includes the SAST-R
  • Measures a broad range of sexually compulsive behaviors and their past and present impact
  • 1-2 hours to complete
  • Additional fee for assessment and interpretation time

Post-Traumatic Stress Inventory Revised (PTSI-R)

  • Designed to assess current style of functioning
  • Related to past or current trauma
  • Based upon the latest research
  • Additional fee for assessment and interpretation time

Money and Work Adaptive Styles Index (MAWASI)

  • Measures the various ways (behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively) that money and/or work has impacted the individual’s life
  • Shows how the individual has adapted his or her life to those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Additional fee for assessment and interpretation time

Inventory for Partner Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma (IPAST)

  • A battery of assessments
  • Examines the addict’s partner’s traumatic reactions, family of origin, strengths, and attachment styles
  • Additional fee for assessment and interpretation time