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Our motto at Tabonuco is
"Growing Deep Roots"

We believe that people have the capacity for growth with the support that they need. 


Hi, I am Dr. Phipps, the owner of Tabonuco. I started this practice because I believe that everyone has the capacity for growth with support. 

Tabonuco refers to trees native to the forests in Puerto Rico. The roots of these trees are grafted, or intertwined, together to provide support for the whole community of trees. If one tree is in trouble, the other trees send nourishment to support the distressed tree. These trees also grow slowly, ensuring their roots are strong and deep within the ground. The root grafting and strong roots allow the tabonuco tree to withstand strong storms that may arise.

Like this community of trees, I want you to have the support you need as you walk through hard times. I have personally built a team of therapists who want to help you grow deep roots. I believe every person’s situation is unique, and you deserve respect and an individualized plan that meets your needs for your specific journey. Because of this, I have personally trained our therapists to assist you in your journey using a multi-modal approach that can be adapted to you, can help you weather this storm, and withstand future challenges.

We are trained to do EMDR with both children and adults.

But this is not all we do!

Read below for a detailed explanation of the types of therapy we offer. 

We work from several different theories to match the specific needs of each client. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR is an effective therapy that treats trauma and many other issues, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, phobias, and many others. It uses bilateral stimulation (normally eye movements) to process the past, the present, and to experience freedom in the future. ​Our clinicians are trained, certified, or working towards certification in EMDR. Our clinicians are also trained to use EMDR with both adults and children. We understand that every person is unique, so we tailor EMDR to meet your, or your child’s, specific needs. Additional information on the EMDR can be found at

Play Therapy Play therapy is an evidenced based approach for working with children and an advanced method of healing. While our therapists may use different skills and techniques with children, play must be incorporated for the therapy to be successful because it provides a developmentally appropriate approach to address the needs of children.  Our clinicians have had years of training to understand how to work with children, are working towards becoming Registered Play Therapists, and are under the direct supervision of Dr. Phipps, who is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Additional information on the research of play therapy can be found at

Talk Therapy Sometimes you just need to come in and verbally process what is happening in your life. Our clinicians are trained to help you in this. We are trained to help you assess what you need and work to get what you want.

We are also an approved provider for the
Association for Play Therapy

APT Approved Provider 23-694



Monday - Saturday

By Appointment  


Sunday - Closed



7215 Lebanon Rd, Suite C

Mint Hill, NC 28227




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