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

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

Private Payments & Most Insurance Plans Accepted

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

Peoria Office


Meet Our Counselors!
Peoria Office | Goodyear Office

Valerie Girod, CEO, LPC:

Valerie 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.

Valerie Girod

Tammi L. Brandon, LPC, LISAC:

Tammi 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.

Tammi L. Brandon
 

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.


Celeste Morin, LCSW:

Celeste Morin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of Social Work Experience. Her Masters's 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.

Celeste Morin 


Jeana Dale, LCSW:


Jeana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona and California. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor in Social Work and earned her Master of Social Work from San Francisco State University. Jeana has worked with individuals and families in the medical and behavioral health setting for more than ten years. Her areas of specialty include grief and loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Her approach is strengths-based, and client-centered using Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Jeana looks forward to partnering with you on your healing journey.

Jeana Dale

Adena Ray, MSW, LCSW:

is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University and has over 20 years of experience working in the social services field in a variety of settings. Her experience includes individual, family, and group therapy with children, adolescents, adults, pregnant teenagers, and the elderly. In addition to program development, Adena has utilized her experience and expertise for over 12 years providing clinical supervision to therapists and staff in various programs. These include four Advocacy centers partnered with police departments assisting victims of crime, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, and assault victims, juvenile prevention and diversion programs, and family preservation and parent aide programs.

Adena Ray 

Adena has a passion for helping others, is positive, empathetic, and a good listener. She believes a strong, trusting relationship between client and therapist is the foundation for creating a safe, accepting environment to share one’s experiences and foster change and growth. Adena utilizes a strengths-based approach focusing on partnering together to identify positive attributes a person already possesses, exploring thoughts, experiences, and emotions, which may be limiting a person’s ability to achieve their potential and learning skills to address areas of challenge. She believes people are the best “experts” in their own lives and, with encouragement and support, possess the ability to create a more fulfilling life.

Adena currently works with adolescents, adults and seniors in the areas of building healthy relationships, setting boundaries, adjusting to life transitions, grief and loss, women’s issues, codependency, self-esteem, trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, victims of crime, depression, anxiety, parenting skills, identifying self-limiting thoughts and beliefs, life skills, developing insight into challenging areas of one’s life, problem-solving, skill development, recognizing opportunities for growth/initiating change, managing stress and regulating emotions.

Adena welcomes the opportunity to support you in your journey to a happier, more fulfilling life.


Joan Grussing MA, LPC, LISAC, BHP:

Joan is a counselor licensed in Arizona. She graduated from Ottawa University with a MA in Human Resources with an Advanced Certificate in Employee Assistance Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. For over fifteen years, she has worked with clients of diverse backgrounds. She builds positive therapeutic relationships with clients and the community. Her work has involved brief, solution-focused counseling, Motivational Interviewing, Long-term counseling, CBT and DBT counseling, and EMDR for trauma. She enjoys helping people identify where they want to be and what is preventing them from getting where they want to be, exploring changes they can make, and a plan to overcome the barriers to reach their goals, and offering feedback towards their progress.

Joan Grussing

Sharon Hollenbeck, MA, LPC:

Sharon Hollenbeck, MA, LPC, is a graduate of Ottawa University of Phoenix, Arizona. Sharon has experience working with various populations, including children, families, couples, substance abuse/addictions, and adults. Sharon is trained in Expressive Art Therapy, EMDR, and Circle of Security.

Sharon Hollenbeck

Margot Aspen, MS, LPC, CCFC:

Life would be easy if it weren’t for other people.

Whether it’s family members, significant others, co-workers, bosses, or we’re thinking about change--whether it’s changing jobs or contemplating divorce, we have the choice of being rational and calm or making a difficult situation far worse and being more miserable. In reality, it’s not them. It’s us. How do you manage difficult people and situations? Do you often ask yourself, ‘Why did I do/say that?’ ‘What was I thinking?’ ‘What do I do now?’ Are you stuck? In over sixteen years of practice, I have helped countless individuals discover why they keep making the same mistakes and bad decisions with disastrous outcomes. I have helped them discover the root cause of their self-defeating behaviors. I look forward to working with you.

Margot Aspen

Jennifer Affuso, LCSW:

Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix (LCSW). She is originally from the Midwest and graduated from Indiana University with a Post Baccalaureate degree in substance abuse counseling and a master’s degree in social work. She has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field such as: addictions, grief and loss, couples/ family counseling, anxiety, depression, and trauma related stressors. She is committed to working with a diverse population and has had experience in various settings. She has a passion for working with individuals and their families as they encounter life changes and various transitions. She is committed to working with people in both brief and long-term therapy to overcome life stress that can affect all of us at certain times in our lives. As a therapist Jennifer provides psychotherapy by utilizing an integrative and holistic approach as she assists her clients in the healing process. She draws from a variety of methodology as she helps people clarify their issues and reach their treatment goals.

Jennifer Affuso

Jennifer specializes in approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, along with teaching dialectical behavioral skills, and Mindfulness approaches to help people clarify their issues and reach their treatment goals.


Melissa Eastep, LCSW:

I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and received my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2003. I received both degrees from California State University, Stanislaus. My approach to therapy is largely based on Person Centered and Family System theories, and I have a holistic approach in working with clients. I have worked in a variety of settings, with a variety of cultures and age groups; school-based services, community behavioral health, Birth to Five mental health, Native Services, and Integrated Health Care. I also had the opportunity to practice in London, England for five years.


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. 

Mallory Montefel, LAC

Kirra Denten, LAC:

Kirra 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."

Kirra Denton

Ana Wilks, MS, LAC:

Ana is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in Arizona. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Elementary Education in 1992. She was a teacher for 19 years before pursuing a degree in counseling. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master’s in Professional Counseling in 2019. She works with children, teens, and adults with depression, anxiety, and grief and loss. Her approach to therapy consists of Short-Term Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Ana believes strongly that the relationship between the client and the therapist is important in order to build trust so that the client feels comfortable sharing their feelings and thoughts. She looks forward to working with you and helping you find peace of mind.

Ana Wilks

Gigi Wilemon, LAC:

When life's difficulties, hurts, or trauma overwhelms 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 them 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.

Gigi Wilemon

Lauren Border, LMSW

Lauren is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) who earned both her bachelors and master’s degree in Social Work at Arizona State University. Lauren employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy in her practice. Lauren has worked directly with the perinatal population in Phoenix and specializes in perinatal mood disorders including postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, and perinatal loss. She has experience working with individuals with bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorders, grief, and substance use. Lauren works with adolescents and adults, and provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Lauren has a passion for helping and caring for others and strives to create a safe and supportive environment that cultivates growth and healing.

Lauren Border

Christianna Klatt:

Christianna has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and is currently a Master of Science level counseling student and intern here at Sonoran Life Solutions. She has experience working and collaborating with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in education and as a counseling intern. Christianna believes in entering the therapeutic relationship with compassion, non-judgment, and humor. She has a person-centered approach while utilizing evidence based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies. She is excited and honored to start this journey with you!

Christanna Klatt

Zira Franks LAC:

Zira Franks is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in Arizona. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health. Zira worked for over 10 years’ in public mental health system with both the children’s behavioral health and adult mental health systems. She has an extensive background in helping victims of domestic violence and abuse. She loves working with groups and one on one to provide services. Her passion is helping others on their journey in life overcome the obstacles that prevent them from being their best selves.

Zira takes an integrated approach to counseling others tailoring their treatment around them using different modalities like expressive art, mindfulness, CBT, and many others. She has worked with children, adults, individuals with diverse developmental delays such as autism, cognitive or intellectual delays, couples and families.

Zira Franks 

Mackenzy Barnfield:

Hello, my name is Mackenzy, I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree of Science in Professional Counseling with GCU as well. Most of my experience involves working with children of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and mental health disorders. In my most recent work I worked with at risk youth in an outpatient center. I believe in creating a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental space. I enjoy working with families and children and I am very excited to start this journey as an intern at Sonoran Life Solutions.

Mackenzy Barnfield