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Author: Amy Zacaroli

Amy is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a degree in counseling ministries. She is pursuing her license of professional counseling, as well as credentials to be a registered play therapist. Amy has a passion for working with children, especially those who have experienced trauma and grief. She also enjoys working with a wide range of adults, and is interested in exploring areas of identity and attachment.
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Why Our Kids Lie and How To Respond

It’s been so long since the Disney movie Pinocchio was popular. It is a sweet story of a wooden doll who dreams of being a real boy. When his dream comes true, he must live with an unusual characteristic — his nose grows any time he tells a lie.  Some people are really good at

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Being A Positive Presence For Our Children

One of the most common heart cries of children and teens I work with is their desire to spend quality time with their parents.  We as parents do not always do this perfectly. But if we can be present with our children on their terms, even for five or 10 minutes a day, they will

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Why Clear and Consistent Boundaries are Good for Children ‘The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6  A group of landscape architects conducted a study in the early 2000s to determine what impact a fence might have on children’s behavior at a playground. In the

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How Do We Integrate Faith With Psychology?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Christian” counseling? We hear so many people say they want Christian counseling, but what exactly do they mean? The quick answer is that it depends on your theology. If we look at counseling on a continuum, on one end is secular psychology, which uses science and

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Helping Children Heal Through Play Therapy

Children experiencing emotional distress often do not have the ability to verbally express their emotions. Play therapy is a powerful way for children to find healing. I’m sure we’ve all witnessed a preschooler throwing a temper tantrum. It may be easy to dismiss that child as spoiled. More than likely the child is experiencing several

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