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Heartland Therapies!

Connie Pettitt, LPC

So a little about me... 

I am a Christian, who is passionate about providing counseling services for individuals and families that have experienced different levels of trauma. 

I have provided trauma survivor services for over 13 years.  

The specific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) offered at Heartland, can help most clients - as they begin to develop the coping skills necessary to change their resulting problematic thoughts and behaviors associated with the trauma they have experienced.  

As an experienced DV therapist, I can facilitate a therapeutic atmosphere where a victim is given the opportunity to develop, work through, and achieve most of their personal goals.  

If you are looking for a nonjudgmental professional counselor, I want to encourage you that you have found a safe and effective place to enhance your well-being.  

You do not have to face life challenges, stressors, and the anxiety-riddled situations associated with trauma alone.  

I will listen while providing you with confidential therapeutic counseling sessions. 

In all circumstances, you will be shown unconditional positive regard and specifically as you bravely face challenges and ultimately discover your own life's path. 

My professional goal throughout will be to help individuals and families heal so they can move forward, empowered with hope to discover their happiness.

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Counseling can be very helpful if you’re willing to do the work. 

It is an investment of your time and energy - a willingness to focus on yourself and your relationships. 

To begin your specific emotional health journey, you will be offered a comprehensive counseling approach that for most - provides a therapeutic and supportive opportunity for you to discover your unique balance. 

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The opportunity is to learn new and practical skill sets that will help you to identify and modify self-defeating patterns of behavior and thinking in your own life.  Counseling at Heartland is an excellent form of self-care; that will allow you to explore your own thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.  Homework is regularly offered to achieve your counseling goals in a timely manner. 

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Premarital and Marital Counseling is an opportunity to develop a deeper

appreciation, understanding, and respect for each other. 

It's a time of discovery and growth.

It's a safe decision and opportunity, to be honest about your goals, needs, and what it takes to nurture you. 

It is a time to realize what is really working and the things that are not as effective.

In our sessions, as your facilitator, we will utilize the SYMBIS Assessment as a framework and guide. 

Most pre-married couples can complete the counseling sessions within  7 meetings. 

For married couples, we will utilize SYMBIS PLUS as our framework.  

Premarital and Marital Therapy Sessions can be very exciting, rewarding and can set you both on a path to fulfillment

At Heartland, you will have a confidential and judgment-free environment where the two of you can share anything. 

Throughout you will have the opportunity to learn new and effective ways to; celebrate and discover one another, attain renewed hope and experience fulfillment.

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Raising a family definitely is not for the faint at heart.  It takes a lot of dedication, selflessness, and perseverance.  Raising children is rewarding and wonderful but it is also very challenging and an opportunity to experience true selflessness. 

Parenting is filled with late nights, no "me time" and many times at the expense of no rest.  Then, just when they become a little more self-sufficient, here comes the preadolescent and adolescent years and their challenges. 

Parents, often find these times to be filled with balancing and juggling life's nuances while trying to keep some semblance of their own self along the way.  Many Teens can be impulsive and prone to experiencing their own stresses; typically marked with anxiety and depression.

Perhaps today, you're finding yourself frustrated with your preteen/teen due to their poor choices or you may be experiencing difficulty connecting with your preteen/teen...

At Heartland, we offer a variety of approaches with the intention of meeting the unique challenges of each preteen/teens and that of the adults within the family dynamic.  Specific approaches include anger management, crisis intervention, and traditional talk therapy, amongst other modalities. 

If you find your family or yourself experiencing these types of struggles that often accompany raising a family today - you have come to the right place; as Heartland offers supportive, non-judgmental, comprehensive, and caring counseling to meet your families unique needs.

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Heartland may offer group educational opportunities, consulting, and counseling (depending on the need), for guardians, parents, co-parents, and/or children who are experiencing relationship struggles and recognize they could benefit from some help with practicing various conflict resolution strategies

Parenting with its many challenges can be stressful and Co-Parenting amicably after a split is rarely easy. 

Parental teamwork and or making joint custody work can give your child(ren) the stability and security desired.    

Skills that may be considered, include; breathing techniques for stress relief, thought-stopping, and art expression. 

Consulting provided will look at technical, actionable strategies for parents to consider and potentially follow.  

Parent Coordinating Services and Parent Facilitating Services Available. 

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Individuals seeking counseling help after experiencing abuse are treated with compassion and client-centered trauma-informed care.

The goal is to help a victim regain their sense of security, safety, self-worth, self-esteem, well-being, and an opportunity to understand their personal rights. 

Heartland's client-centered trauma-informed counseling will encourage hope throughout the healing process. 

Survivors will be equipped with resources and choices that can provide them with a sense of empowerment. 

Developmentally, the survivor will learn how to set healthy boundaries for themselves and for future relationships. 

Crisis intervention processes will enable survivors the opportunity to understand the various forms of abuse and what defines power and control tactics.

Treatment considerations, for those who experience PTSD related to DV, Trauma-related Depression, and Anxiety, are;  EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Group Therapy. 

See Heartland referrals for DV Expert Witness Court Services.

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"...If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Romans 8:31

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