Office Hours 
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

Peoria Office

Meet Our Counselors!
Peoria Office | Goodyear Office

Valerie Girod, CEO, LPC:

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.

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.

Kristy Anderson

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.

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.

Ashley M. Chesky, MA, LPC

Celeste Morin, LCSW:

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.

Celeste Morin

Sue Patterson, LPC:

is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has 19 years of experience in private practice counseling and divorce mediation.   Prior to that she worked as an employee assistance counselor for a hospital and was a counselor in their psychiatric department.

She has a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield, IL.

She enjoys working with adults and couples who have the desire to improve their communication and relationships, and with those who have depression, anxiety disorders, grief reactions, and other situational issues.

Sue Patterson

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 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.

Adena Ray

Michael-Hoyt, MA, LPC:

Michael A. Hoyt, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist specializing in individual, couples/family therapy, and recovery/addiction, practicing in Phoenix, Arizona.

With nearly twenty-five years experience as an individual, marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of University of New Mexico specializing in Family Studies, he is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Michael has been a strong advocate of good mental health and worked with several businesses promoting the many benefits of counseling. 

Michael is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.  He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Michael Hoyt

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.

Mary Sewell

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.

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 Daggett

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.

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:

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

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

Gigi Wilemon