Now with offices in Peoria, Scottsdale, & Goodyear, Arizona!
  (623) 974-3333
Sonoran Life Solutions, Inc.

Meet Our Counselors!
Peoria Office | Goodyear Office
| Scottsdale Office

Valerie Girod is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has over 16 years of experience in the social service field. Valerie has been a Clinical Director for several programs in the valley, but enjoys providing therapy to individuals and families the most. Valerie believes strongly that the relationship built between the client and Therapist is very important in order for trust to be developed and people to feel comfortable sharing their feelings and experiences with her. Valerie works with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors and provides individual, couples, and family therapy. She believes her life experience as well as her education has assisted her in providing excellent services to the people she works with. Valerie understands that taking the first step towards getting help can be the most difficult and looks forward to gaining your trust and helping you regain peace and happiness in your life.

Tammi L. Brandon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor as well as a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. She works with children, adolescents, and adults; aiding individuals and families in learning more about themselves and others, regulating emotions, and communicating more effectively. Specializing in depression and anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse/addictions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and relationships; she is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Trauma Resolution Therapy, and Play Therapy. Through her experience and background she has come to believe that healing comes through self-exploration, education, empowerment, and laughter. "We all need someone in our lives we can talk to who doesn't judge us but more importantly we need to learn to not judge ourselves." Having previously lived abroad, Tammi has a deep understanding and respect for other cultures and English as a Second Language. A former high school teacher, she continues to teach at the Maricopa Community Colleges and has presented both locally and internationally on a therapy technique she developed to aid in healing severe childhood trauma. Her educational experience has taught her that being a part of a group and learning from others helps create mental and emotional growth and change. She promotes this opportunity by facilitating a diverse range of therapeutic and educational groups in addition to individual, couples and family therapy.

Sharon (Chambers) Sudol, MA, LPC  is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona.  She graduated from Argosy University Phoenix.  She works with individuals ages 18 and up on a wide range of issues.  She offers therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, addictions, behavior issues, interpersonal & relationship issues, self-esteem issues, grief and loss and anything trauma-related.  She uses a personalized approach tailored to an individual’s needs to help people achieve the goals that are important to them.  She strives to create a warm, non-judgmental environment to foster openness, healing and growth.  Sharon believes that therapy is a “team sport” and she likes to interweave what works best for each individual.

Sharon has extensive training in trauma therapies.  She specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and is a Certified EMDR Therapist.  She has had several advanced trainings in trauma treatment including using EMDR Therapy to treat addictions and attachment-focused EMDR.  She has also had extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and has years of experience treating Borderline Personality Disorder.  She incorporates mindfulness-based therapy to cultivate increased awareness, focus and stress reduction. 

Scott Church, LCSW: 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.

Bryan Myers is a Master’s Level Professional Counselor licensed with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He has over 20 years experience providing individual and group counseling. His specialties include dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, mood disorders and substance abuse.

Bryan is also experienced as a couple’s therapist, teaching couples to improve their communication skills and increase their understanding and appreciation of each other.

Angelica Castano, LPC: I have a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University.  I have over 7 years of experience in counseling children and families in various settings and mental health concerns.  I have been in the mental health field for over ten years as a psychiatric technician and supportive staff and case manager which has added to the strength of my experience. I am also a bilingual counselor who works with the Spanish speaking community.

My approaches to counseling are in Rational Emotive Therapies, Mindfulness techniques, Solution focused therapies, Family System and Expressive Arts Modalities and this includes in the group settings.

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 español.

Mackenzie A Cortese, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health.  Mackenzie has worked with teens and adults in the field assisting adolescents and trauma survivors utilizing play therapy, expressive art therapy as well as animal assisted therapy to aid in their care. However, in the past year she has focused her training in DBT and ACT to better provide services for clients with serious mental health concerns, namely clients with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.  She loves running groups and developing training materials to help her clients and coworkers excel. Mackenzie is passionate about LGBTQ-sensitive therapy, sex therapy and sexual concerns, mindfulness-based therapy, and expressive arts therapy. Mackenzie’s focus lies in absorbing new knowledge, and supporting her clients in the journey toward being their best self.

Mackenzie is an Integrative Psychotherapist, utilizing a variety of orientations and therapies, according to the client's individual needs.  She is also known for her warm, relaxed, and comfortable approach to counseling, which involves genuine caring, acceptance, and non-judgment.  Mackenzie offers therapy for depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems, unresolved emotional concerns, self-esteem/self-empowerment, individual counseling for personal and emotional growth, creating purpose in one's life, and living a more fulfilled life.

Chy A.M. Porter, MA, LPC, NCC: As a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Oregon, I conduct therapy fluidly and organically to integrate learned skills for long-term success in your life plans. My emphasis is on empowerment in a supportive and non-judgmental environment to improve functioning in all areas of life and assist you through the change process. I provide a strengths and wellness based approach to evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. I shift within these approaches to cater to most specific needs and preferences. I primarily work with adults. I'm a graduate of Argosy University Phoenix and have over sixteen years of experience in the mental health field which includes community mental health agencies, in-patient psychiatric center, correctional institutions, insurance panels, and private practice. I have the proven ability to address multiple client concerns with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, relationship concerns, and more. Outside of my therapy service, I enjoy motherhood, reading, and cinema. I look forward to meeting with you in your journey of self-discovery!

Michael Hoyt, LPC - I believe that you are utilizing the best coping skills you have available at any particular moment. Sometimes, despite best efforts, you might get stuck. You might feel like you have approached a problem area from all angles. Prolonged stress can make matters worse. It is not uncommon for life to feel, "out of balance." My philosophy is to try to regain balance. To feel like all parts of your life are in sync. Further, I believe that true happiness is possible once you reach your highest potential. I believe that many of life's challenges can be resolved briefly. I have found that emphasizing strengths can build confidence. Additionally, answers can often be found within one's self. Establishing a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere in the counseling setting can assist with minimizing self-doubt. In working with my clients, I have found it necessary to address needs individually. There isn't a "one size fits all" approach. Most importantly, I believe that promoting a positive and professional relationship can be the foundation for creating significant change.

Elia Simon, MC, LPC: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona.  I graduated from ASU’s Master of Counseling program in 2006.  I do individual and couple’s therapy with adults and family therapy with all ages. 

With individual adults, my focus is on coping with anxiety, depression, and life stressors that are causing imbalance.  I believe that people need a safe space where they can reflect on what is going on for them in a non-judgmental environment.  I also believe that it is very important for us to be aware of what we are experiencing and to learn to trust our own abilities to make choices.

I also enjoy working with couples, helping them to hear each other and understand each other better. 

In family work, I am trained in two types of family therapy, Brief Strategic Family Therapy and Multi-Systemic Therapy.  Both models were developed to work with adolescents/teens who are acting out.  Family work is especially useful for strengthening family relationships, helping parents to work together more effectively, improving parent-child communication, and increasing parenting skills.  Whether parents are married or divorced, family counseling can be a benefit in improving communication and gaining understanding and trust. 

Kristy Anderson, LPC: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health.  I received my Master’s Degree in 2005 in San Diego, Ca and then moved to Arizona.  I have 18 years’ experience working with Addictions and general mental health issues.

My primary focus has always been the Whole Person concept incorporating the psycho-social-spiritual and biological components in your treatment. I can help you achieve this by providing you with honest direct feedback coupled with an unconditional positive regard and encouragement.

My therapeutic style has been described as casual and relaxed and educational.  I tend to utilize various therapeutic modalities as well as infusing my sessions with some humor, compassion, and even a little metaphor thrown in for good measure. I use a positive, strengths-based approach built on a foundation of respect, compassion, kindness, active listening. and encouragement. In my practice, I believe people want to be happy, healthy and feel a connection to all.  I believe our perspective is very important for us to be able to overcome the conditions and circumstances in our lives that keep us stuck.  I will create a safe and supportive space for you to explore, develop insight and awareness of negative thinking or behaving patterns that have kept you stuck in your life. I will help you work through issues, problems, and challenges to feel better about yourself and your life.

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness based skills, Brief solution focused therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I have treated Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Related conditions and Addictions. I look forward to meeting you and joining with you to develop healthy coping skills and improved choices to move you forward in your life.

Michelle Gallagher, LPC: 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 an Advanced level student of Somatic Experiencing (SE), 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. 

Ashley M. Chesky, MA, LPC is a therapist known for her down-to-earth, client centered, and creative approach to counseling. Ashley holds a dual Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from Prescott College. She began her career at The Meadows, a world renowned private inpatient treatment facility, where she was mentored by some of the most influential leaders in the fields of trauma and addiction - including Dr. Claudia Black and Pia Mellody. Ashley has been a featured speaker at multiple national conferences in which she taught professionals in the field new family therapy techniques. In addition, Ashley has completed professional trainings in Post Induction Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. Ashley’s therapeutic style incorporates education, creativity, and unconditional positive regard. Ashley’s areas of focus are anxiety, depression, family therapy, codependency, perfectionism, substance abuse, self-compassion, and family of origin issues. Most importantly she celebrates you in taking your first step towards wellness and living a more whole hearted, authentic life.

Celeste Morin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of Social Work Experience. Her Masters degree is in Gerontology. She has provided therapy for Adults of all ages in both the public and private arenas.

Her treatments are informed by the work of Eric Erickson, Bessel Van der Kolk, Francine Shapiro, Marsha Linehan, Jon Kabat Zinn to name a few. She is also influenced by Michael Moscowitz's work on pain and neuroplasticity.

Her approach is Person Centered, Solution Focused,Task Oriented. She teaches Mindfulness to augment treatment and cultivate lasting success.

Bethany Rosenfeld is a Licensed Associate Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She graduated from Argosy University Phoenix with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Bethany works with children, adolescents, and adults and provides individual, couples, and family therapy.  She specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and has had experience treating Borderline Personality Disorder. She has also had additional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Bethany is passionate about creating an open and safe environment where individuals can get the support that they need to face the array of challenges in their lives.

Donnie Daggett, MA, LAC has worked with individuals of varying ages and backgrounds across the valley for the last ten years for issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, hallucinations, interpersonal communication, anger management, grief & loss, life transitions, domestic violence, spirituality/religion, and work performance including athletic performance; and has worked in the individual, couples, family, team and group settings.

Donnie approaches therapy as a time in which the person can “look in the mirror” at their self with intensity and depth and remind their self of their true identity, deciding what they want to change about their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors considering insights gained while “looking in the mirror”. Donnie incorporates an eclectic mix of approaches-primarily Rogerian/person-centered, existential, and contemplative approaches, as well as techniques rooted in DBT, CBT, REBT and behavioral schools of thought, and teaches relaxation skills including relaxed deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation to assist the client with managing anxiety and stress which can become debilitating if not addressed. “It all starts and ends with mindfulness,” he expressed.

Donnie is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of Arizona and earned a Master’s degree in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Sport/Exercise Psychology from Argosy University/Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Michigan.

Mary Sewell, LMSW: I am a licensed MSW with the Arizona Board of Behavioral health Examiners. I graduated from Wayne State University in Clinical Mental Health field of study. I have experience working in psychiatric facilities, private practice, Hospice, a Mental Health Clinician on a Crisis Response team. For the past 10 years working for a School District with student ages 5-18 years of age.

I have had the opportunity to work with individuals who have had challenges including; Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Gender Identity, Anorexia and Bulimia, Divorce, Self- Harm, and individuals with loved ones with terminal illnesses.

My focus of study is cognitive behavioral therapy and Solution focused (brief) therapy. My strengths are helping others identify patterns of unhealthy thinking. With Cognitive therapy I monitor negative automatic thoughts and misconceptions and replace with healthier more accurate thinking.

Both my therapy approaches involves finding the “new self” one leaving the unhealthy beliefs behind. My therapy approach shifts to help teach you how to be more grounded in your own sense of who you are.

I plan to commit myself to creating a treatment plan with my clients and addressing progress towards goals for continual improvement.

I believe each person I see will learn different methods they can use to go forward in their lives. It is through respect for each individual and their values including; gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and cultural backgrounds that I will teach you concepts, and solutions to use for lasting change.

I am looking forward to meeting with you.

Brian Jauregui, MA, LAC is a Licensed Associate Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology/Counseling Practice  at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. Brian is bilingual and fluent in Spanish. His clinical training was completed at Center on Halsted as part of the LGBTQ Behavioral Health Consortium. Brian has experience working across the lifespan with diverse populations, and provides individual, couples, and group therapy. He has been trained in various modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and has completed the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist training. His goal is to a create a safe and supportive space where you feel respected and empowered to make progress towards your goals.

Rachel White, MA, LAMFT, NCC is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.  With 7 years of experience in facilitating therapy, she graduated with her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently working towards a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Rachel offers a safe, compassionate, and accepting environment when assisting clients in reconnecting with their authentic-self and finding joy and peace in life

Rachel considers it an honor and a privilege to walk along beside individuals, couples, and families when taking the first steps towards healing and she utilizes empowering, supportive, client-oriented therapy.  As a Military spouse herself, Rachel is particularly passionate about working with the Military population, and she specializes in working with anxiety, depression, marital and relationship issues, divorce, parenting issues, stress, self-worth issues, and grief. 

Delilah Hull, LMSW: My whole career has been geared  towards helping others. From a young age people would always just talk with me and would open up or ask advice; I was the go to person for friends. I was deemed the reliable one, the good listener. This was not work for me as it just came naturally. I chose to pursue social work in college as this felt like what I was born to do. I have worked in many realms of this field from the birth to 5 populations to working with the seriously mentally ill adult population. My passion is to empower and motivate the strength within each individual to achieve their own personal and family goals. I have a strong commitment of helping to restore and bridge communication and positive relationships within families; which can be with married couples to couples with children. I have personal experience with children with ADHD and anxiety. I completed my undergraduate at ASU in 2009, and I completed my masters program in 2016. I am excited and passionate to start this journey together of healing and processing so that you can keep moving forward towards your purpose, goals, and successes in life. The type of therapy I tend to provide is Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy, solution focused therapy, play therapy, and journal and poetry therapy. I am comfortable with seeing, children starting at age 3 to adolescents and adults. I also see individuals, couples, and families.

Mallory Montefel, LAC: I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and earned a Masters Degree as well as a Doctorate in Education with focus on Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. I have worked with a variety of individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, grief and loss, substance use, parenting techniques, and domestic violence. I approach therapy in a variety of methods to include short-term solution focused approaches, client-focused therapy to include genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and understanding; as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with focus on the antecedent thoughts leading to behaviors and resulting outcomes and changing thinking patterns and beliefs resulting in alternate outcomes. I believe in being aware of yourself and learning ways to cope and challenge unwanted feelings, emotions, and behaviors.

I look forward to meeting you and working together to develop a working relationship to help increase your daily happiness. 

Office Hours
8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
additional appointments available
upon request

Service Area
Peoria, Surprise,
Glendale, Phoenix,
Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, and the surrounding Valley

Private Payments, Most Insurance Plans, & AHCCCS Accepted