Counselors

Patricia Feltrup-Exum, M.A.

Address:
3840 Hulen Street Suite 602, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Website: http://www.feltrup-exum.com

Phone: (817) 735-4165
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Patricia is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is trained to integrate spiritual and faith aspects into treatment upon your request. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with background and training in nursing, human development, family systems theory and developmental disabilities. She is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional. She has written and published articles on the effects of divorce on children, and has served on the Tarrant County Board of Marriage and Family Therapists. She treats individuals from three years old to eighty five years old. Her areas of expertise include: marital, family, children, adolescents, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, depression, anxiety, divorce, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, spiritual issues, and testing and treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is also qualified to test for a variety of disorders, and offers her clients the opportunity to have a partner on their journey through health and healing.

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Patricia Feltrup-Exum, M.A.

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