Patrick J Curran LMFT - Counseling

Counseling - Redding, Red Bluff, and Burney, CA

Welcome to the website for quality couple's, family and individual counseling. I offer psychotherapy from a Christian world view, dealing with a wide range of issues. Some of those issues include: helping couples through difficult times in their marriage, pre-marital counseling, blended family issues, help for children of divorced parents, post –traumatic stress, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, to name a few.

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I was raised in Los Angeles with seven other siblings. My training includes 25 years employed in the field of education and raising my own six children and three step children. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of New Mexico in 1977, a master’s degree in school counseling from University of LaVerne in 1999 and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from National University in 2006. I was a home school coordinator for nine years in Hayfork and a group home counselor for Open Line Group homes in Redding. Presently, I am serving individuals and couples in Redding, California at the Frisbie Mansion, at 1246 East Street, Suite 8. When school is in session, I serve Corning Union High School District and their students doing therapy through River Cities Counseling, Inc. I am also serving clients at the Pit River Health Center, 36977 Park Ave. in Burney, CA 96013 and sometimes seeing clients in Red Bluff at the Business Connections Building at 332 Pine Street.

A Marriage and Family therapist has a scope of practice that must include relationship problems. I try to give clients the tools necessary for a growing, thriving relationship. In couple's counseling, emotions are very important in diagnosing problems and evaluating strengths and weaknesses in the relationship. Each member of a relationship will have their emotions validated and integrated into the inner workings of their relationship. Working with clients with pre-marital or dating issues, anger, control issues, step-family issues, affairs, jealousy, mid-life crisises, commitment and sexual issues are all areas I can give strong direction and correction. Help and hope is on the way from a Christian world view. By that, I mean that Judeo-Christian principals do work, and enhance all good relationships. All the best "tried and true" psychological methods and treatments have their foundations in biblical principals. I am here to help, not to judge, to come along side and to encourage people in need.

Areas of Expertise Include:

  • Couple counseling
  • Victims of physical or sexual abuse as children
  • Children of divorced parents
  • Blended family issues
  • Depression in men, women and teens
  • Anxiety
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Certified trauma therapist
  • Christian / religious issues
  • Student / teacher conflicts
  • ADHD / difficult and energized children
  • Male and female mid-life crisis issues
  • Adjustment issues: career, loss, divorce, relationship changes


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Contact information for Patrick J. Curran, LMFT
Active listening in an execise to help couples slow down and listen completely to each other and to acknowledge and affirm your spouse.
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Difficult Child
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Distressed Couples
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Anger and Our Distorted Thinking
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EFT - Emotionally Focused Therapy
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Importance of Conducting Family Meetings
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Freedom and Responsibility
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Forgiveness -Antidote for bitterness, resentment or revenge
Bitterness, resentment and the desire for revenge for someone who has hurt you is a very natural feeling. But it will rip you apart and make you a very unhappy person.
Grief and loss
Each of us handle the loss of someone/ something important to us in different ways. But the similarities with people are common. Denial, shock, anger, sadness, fear, blame, acceptance.
Healthy Relationships
Healthy relationships have mutual respect, safety, mutual support and encouragement, and respect. Unhealthy relationships have name calling, criticism, threats, controlling behavior and violence.
Level of Intimacy
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Lots of Feelings
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Love and Logic Parenting
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Manage your anger
To understand anger, we must be aware of our own physiology and put into practice calming techniques when triggers present themselves.
Negative Self-talk
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Negative Triad
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Our Inner Child
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Post Traumatic Stress
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Self-esteem and self-dislike
Self-esteem is the strongest motivator for an individual to work hard and to succeed. Self- dislike is a great handicap in a person's life. This page will help you to build self-esteem.
Self -Harm
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Sexualization of Girls
Too many young women believe that their only purpose in life is to please a man sexually. They have become a sex object to please others. Their value is in their sex appeal, only.
Six Anger Payoffs
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Childhood Sexual Abuse
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Teen Dating
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What is love?
So many spouses tell me "But I love him" or "I love her". That is so sweet except I wonder if they really know what love is. Here is a great example of love from the Bible.
Why Feel Feelings?
By allowing ourselves to identify, acknowledge, and feel our feelings, we avoid the devastating physical and emotional effects of burying them, repressing them, or ignoring them.

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