Deborah L Pettitt, Counselor in Phoenix
The "language of children is play." I use expressive therapies like play,drama,sand,and art to help children process their problems and find answers. When a child plays out a solution to a problem he/she has the unique ability to actually experience success in the moment. I have taken extensive training to learn how to help children play out their problems. I am one of a very few Registered Play Therapist Supervisors in the state of Arizona.
My specialty is helping children recover from trauma, abuse and neglect. In this process I help them to see their parent as a ready resource. Parents make sense of and learn to respond to bizarre behaviors that young trauma victims exhibit. Finally, children securely attach to parents.
I look at the developmental stages that a child missed due to trauma or loss. I then help the child grow through these missed stages so that they can operate normally with their family and community. I often advocate for the child and family with the school system.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Deborah L Pettitt now - (602) 492-3148


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: University of Phoenix
  • Year Graduated: 1996
  • License No. and State: LPC-2089 Arizona


  • Avg Cost (per session): $140
  • Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Check, Mastercard, Visa


  • Child or Adolescent
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Attachment


  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Sexual Abuse

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders

Client Focus

Religious Orientation: Christian


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • EMDR
  • Family / Marital
  • Neurosequential
  • Object Relations
  • Play Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Family
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2015
Deborah L Pettitt, Counselor in Phoenix

Deborah L Pettitt