Growing up the oldest son in a large family as I did taught me the value of being both a leader and a peer. With seven siblings, there was a lot of competition for attention as well as a need for order and organization! But it was through this challenging childhood that I developed both the interest and beginning skill-set to work with people, their challenges and varied personalities. I began my work with human services as a master’s degree graduate in education from the University of Georgia. Later I finished a second master’s in social work from Arizona State University, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. I have spent the past 15 years working with a broad spectrum of human challenges including: Abuse, addictions, ADHD, adjustment issues, anxiety, blended family issues, depression, difficult children, divorce, learning disorders, LGBT issues, parenting, serious mental illness and trauma. I work with children, adolescents and adults and provide individual, couples and family therapy. I draw on a person-directed approach with an emphasis on relationship, wellness and cultural needs and preferences.
Angelica Castano, LPC:
Angelica received a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University. Angelica has over 7 years of experience in counseling children and families in various settings and mental health concerns. She has been in the mental health field for over ten years as a psychiatric technician, supportive staff, and case manager which has added to the strength of her experience. Angelica is also a bilingual counselor who works with the Spanish speaking community. Angelica’s approaches to counseling are in Rational Emotive Therapies, Mindfulness techniques, Solution focused therapies, Family System and Expressive Arts Modalities in both individual and group settings.
Tom Unsworth, LPC:
I graduated from the University of Miami in Corral Gables Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science and got my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale FL. I have been a practicing Psychotherapist for more than twenty years. I focus on the two of the most common mental health problems of depression and anxiety that frequently join forces.
Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling with a specialty in Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation. She is a Certified Traumatologist, is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), and is a Certified Grief and Loss Specialist with the Grief Recovery Method. She has been working in the behavioral health field since 1992 holding various roles, to include Staff Trainer, Lead Therapist, Program Manager, Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, and has experience in building outpatient substance abuse program services. After holding positions of family therapist and primary therapist at the world renowned Meadows inpatient program, Michelle took on the role of Lead Therapist for The Meadows IOP where she put together their clinical program with guidance and input from Claudia Black, PhD, a pioneer in the field. Michelle is also in successful, long-term recovery herself, since 1985. She has a passion for this work that stems from her own recovery from trauma and substance use disorder, having gone through her own extensive healing process. She believes that clients already have the answers they seek inside of them, and her job is to create a safe environment so that those innate answers can emerge.
Kathryn Davis-Lashley, LPC:
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. My name is Kathryn, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the behavioral health field for over ten years; and doing direct counseling for the past four years. I received my Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona. After graduation. I worked as an in-home counselor with families struggling with interpersonal relationships, communication difficulties, substance abuse, and trauma. I have experience working with individuals dealing with addictions and recovery, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, with a person-centered approach. I like to put an emphasis on being mindful and solution focused. If you are rooted in your faith, I can integrate the mental, relational, emotional, and spiritual aspects of care to help the whole person. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that is used to treat several psychological disorders such as phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety; it can also be used to help couples and families build stronger relationships. My goal as your therapist will be to help you feel safe, to build rapport, and trust in me as your therapist and in the therapeutic process. I will work collaboratively with you to help you achieve your personal life goals and help to improve your responses to difficult life situations. I utilize empathy, motivational interviewing, and active listening techniques to support in having a truly wonderful counseling experience.
I am truly looking forward to working and growing together with you.
Alison Gamez, LPC:
Alison Gamez is a licensed professional counselor with over ten years of experience in the behavioral health field and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. Alison has experience working with ages 3 and older, and specializes in the areas of addiction/alcoholism (including dual diagnosis) and couples counseling.
Some of the methods most used by Alison are cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-based therapy.
As most of her experience is with individuals in the legal system, Alison explains things well in “everyday English”, and can help with goals to improve lives, and steps to reach those goals. Besides therapy as a form of accountability to reaching those goals, it can also help to process emotions and to recognize and change patterns of thinking and behavior. One method to do that is to avoid comparing ourselves to others and work on being the best we can.
Alison habla española
Kirra Denten, LAC:
is a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arizona and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. She graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000. Her experience has been working with teens, young women and couples facing daily and life challenges. Kirra’s special areas of focus are anxiety, depression, parenting issues, stress management, women's issues, infertility, spirituality/Christian counseling, marriage issues and confidence building. She also has leadership development skills in employer/employee management. She lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her husband and three children. “I strive to provide a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental space where clients can fully express their struggles. I want to walk alongside clients in their journey and provide them with the necessary tools to be successful and help navigate daily challenges.”
Steve Daniels, MA, LAC:
is a Licensed Associate Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He completed his Masters Degree in Professional Counseling at Ottawa University. He enjoys helping clients with various problems. Steve has experience in helping people with addictions, depression, trauma, loss/grief and other life issues. He has done group and individual counseling. He has worked in outpatient and inpatient settings. Steve has also presented life skills lectures to help clients improve the quality of their lives. He has used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other counseling methods to improve client’s self-esteem, build confidence and increase their motivation to change. Steve enjoys helping others adjust to their life challenges, so they can improve the quality of their lives.
Nancy Christine Flanagan, LAC:
Hello, my name is Nancy Christine Flanagan, known mostly as “Christine.” I have been practicing mental health therapy for over 8 years in Arizona and have been working in the mental health field since 2005. I have experience working with all age groups and with various mental health disorders, from GMH (General Mental Health) to those suffering with SMI (Severe Mental Health) disorders. I use a client-centered approach and a variety of therapy modalities, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and Solution Focused Therapy. My favorite technique to use is called Socratic Questioning, as I believe, like Socrates, that the answers lie within, and guidance to that awareness is through asking the right questions. I provide a safe and accepting environment to help you to heal and find inner happiness.
TaMella Pierce, LAC:
TaMella Pierce is a Licensed Associate Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. She has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and a Bachelors of Social Work from Colorado State University Pueblo. Tamella has worked in the social services field for more than 15 years including 8 years of experience in working with depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, career counseling, and adjustment issues. Additionally, she has experience in working with families involved in the child welfare system; biological families, foster families, and adoptive families. Tamella works with adolescents and adults and provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Tamella approaches counseling from a strength-based solution focused perspective.
Tamella uses a combination of modalities to help clients achieve their identified therapeutic goals. She believes that each person has an answer within themselves and the therapy process is a partnership journey of discovering that answer.
Gigi Wilemon, LAC:
When Life difficulties, hurts, or trauma overwhelm you it may be time to find a person that will listen and validate how you feel. A gentle and accepting approach in a warm and inviting environment can help you grow, heal and hope again. You may need new ways of thinking, new perspectives, and skills to grow, heal, and hope again. Whether you need to be heard or need direction to overcome depression, anxiety or need to simply find yourself in the midst of chaos there is good news and there is hope.
I am a licensed Associate counselor with 20 plus years of counseling experience which includes children, teens and adults. I have a strong background in working with couples to rebuild communication and rekindle joy and contentment in relationships. I support family unification and work with the whole family to make positive changes and growth to walk with hem through their journey of healing.
My many years of experience has heightened my belief that individuals can heal, grow stronger, and become more resilient and can find their joy in a healthier life
Elizabeth Williams, MS, LAC:
I am an integrative Psychotherapist, utilizing a variety of orientations and therapies, according to the client’s individual needs. Most favored approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy to challenge negative thoughts and behaviors and solution focused therapy to focus on strengths that elicit change. I have acquired a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy and enjoy working to strengthen family relationships. I am known for my warm, relaxed and comforting approach to therapy which involves, genuine caring, acceptance and non-judgement. Areas of specialty include domestic violence, substance abuse, depression and anxiety, marriage and family relationship issues, self-esteem and parenting. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults.