Our Team

Please contact our referral coordinator Sarah for help scheduling with any of our professionals at  602-620-2874.

 



 

Donald Durham, PhD

Dr. Don is a licensed psychologist who has been in the helping professions for 30+ years.  After working for the renowned Minirth-Meier Clinic in the 1980s, Dr. Don moved to Arizona to develop the program and serve as founding Clinical Director of Remuda Ranch Center for Eating Disorders.  He has partnered with Steve Arterburn’s New Life Clinics in Arizona and Alfred Ells’ Leaders That Last Network. Dr. Don served as Clinical and Training Director for Gatehouse Therapeutic Health Services, providing recovery-oriented psychotherapy for young adult addicts as well as serving as a practicum and pre-doctoral internship site supervisor. Throughout all these shared endeavors Dr. Don has had a private practice and developed specialties in psychological assessment, eating disorders, addictions, men’s issues, trauma disorders, and the integration of psychology into a Christian worldview. His most recent professional development areas have been in Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and EMDR.

Dr. Don has supervised counselor trainees at the practicum, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels of development since 1995. Teaching, training, and supervision are an integral part of the background that he brings into the therapy encounter. Colleagues have commented on Dr. Don’s compassion and insight as well as his ever-present sense of humor! He and his wife Karen have three adult children and nine grandchildren that keep them young! 

Dr. Don works out of our University Dr. office in Mesa, at 3660 E. University Dr., Ste. 6a. He also offers distance therapy by video teleconference as well as Telehealth therapy. Furthermore, he is available for house calls on a select basis. Dr. Don is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He can supervise Practicum students, Interns, and Licensed Associate Counselors.

Dr. Durham can be reached at dr.don@christiancounselingservicesaz.com, or by phone or text at 602-692-9238. He sees clients by appointment only.



Kelley McMahon, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Kelley Jordan McMahon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, with a minor in Psychology, from Washburn University in 1997, followed by her Master’s in Social work in 1998. She then served for 11 years in the field of child welfare. Throughout her tenure there, Kelley worked extensively with children and families in crisis.  She provided individual, group, and family therapy to a wide array of clients, with a focus on trauma treatment. She also supervised numerous clinical staff and is an approved clinical supervisor by AZ BBHE.

Since that time, Kelley began work as a stay-home mom, launched a successful health and wellness business, and completed a 12-month program in holistic health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a former 2-sport collegiate athlete, Kelley is an avid Crossfit enthusiast.  She has worked with numerous athletes in various capacities over the years (coach, mentor, counselor), including her own two high-level athletes.

Kelley has a strong Christian faith that readily conveys grace, hope for change, and a safe, caring space for healing. You may choose what level of spirituality you would like to incorporate into your session. All will feel welcomed and comfortable.

Kelley is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a primary modality. She is also trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Exposure Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Ms. McMahon sees individuals with a variety of presenting issues—depression, anxiety, life stressors, childhood or recent trauma, relationship issues, feeling “stuck”, grief, etc. Ms. McMahon also specializes in working with individual athletes and sports teams on issues related to performance anxiety, blocking beliefs, successfully managing failure and self-talk, goal-setting, optimizing the power of the mind/body connection, and pathways to success.

Call today to start your journey!

Note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, in-person OR telehealth sessions are available.

She works out of our midtown office as an affiliate of CCS. She can be reached at 602-391-5850 or via email at kelley@christiancounselingservicesaz.com

 



 

Deborah Tyrrell, M.C.,LPC, NCC
Board Certified Life Coach

In Deborah's own words, "I know what it is like to want to hide. Growing up in my family, the message I heard was, “Children are to be seen and not heard.”  As a result, the lie that I internalized was this: what I have to say is not important because I am not valuable. The good news is that God always redeems our pain when we bring it to Him. The gift that came from this emotional wound was my determination to not only find my voice, but to help others find theirs!
 
If you are tired of feeling dis-empowered, resentful, worn out, and defeated in your business or relationships, please reach out. I would be honored to come alongside as you ‘find your voice’ and learn how to use it to speak your truth lovingly and powerfully. And with courage and God’s grace, you will be changed in the process. No longer depleted, you will find the energy you need to discover the blueprint that will achieve God’s destiny for you and your relationships. Together, we will develop strategies and solutions that move you through obstacles towards meaningful goals that reflect your God-given strengths and values."
 
Deborah initially earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, College of Dentistry.  Twenty years later, she had a mid-life career change.  She earned her Master's degree in Counseling from Arizona State University in 1991, and certification as a Life Coach at the Life Purpose Institute in La Jolla, CA.  She is a Professional Counselor, licensed by the State of Arizona (#1194) with over 28 years of experience. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Board Certified Life Coach.  She was trained in and has been effectively using EMDR since 1999."
 
She is ready to serve you from her office located in North Scottsdale, just south of Bell and east of Thompson Peak Parkway. 
 
In addition, she offers summer hours in Prescott Arizona, for those of you who want to cool off up north.  🙂   
She can be reached at 602 402 5034 or by email at deb@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.  
Deborah's website is DeborahTyrrell.weebly.com


Claudia (Chloe) Cooper, M.S. Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Claudia (Chloe) Cooper, LPC, LISAC is a trauma-focused and EMDR trained therapist. She has worked with adult and adolescent individuals, couples, and families on a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addictions both substance and process (gambling, shopping, eating). She works with those who have early childhood developmental trauma that impacts present thoughts and behaviors.  Her spirituality has been a major component of her own recovery and she works with clients to integrate spiritual aspects of their journey into their mental health healing to gain hope through finding their sense of inherent value, purpose, presence, and authenticity. She also enjoys sharing her passion for counseling with those seeking training and who need supervision.

Chloe grew up in Pennsylvania and is a Penn State University undergraduate. She worked in technology in Texas and Washington, before coming to Scottsdale, Arizona. Chloe found her passion as a counselor by working through her own issues by participating in 12-Step Recovery groups as well as her own personal counseling. She is a life-long learner with additional training in Biblical Studies and Naturopathy. She and her husband enjoy outdoor activities, traveling and real estate investing.

Chloe meets with clients by Telehealth as needed and in her office located at 8700 E. Vista Bonita #100, Scottsdale 85255, where her hours are flexible. You may contact Chloe at 480-500-8869 or at chloe@scottsdaletherapist.org. Her website is www.scottsdaletherapist.org.



Chris Goble, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Chris Goble is an LPC (licensed professional counselor). He graduated from Ottawa University with his Masters in Professional Counseling.

His background includes working in home building as a builder and managing for Houston’s restaurants. Currently, he is a clinician at Devereux’s residential treatment center in Scottsdale for children and adolescents and volunteers at Scottsdale Bible Church as a licensed counselor working with couples and individuals. He also has worked in a support group for individuals and their loved ones who struggle with chronic or terminal illness.

He is passionate about marriages and equipping couples to have healthier relationships and has received Gottman Method Couple Therapy Training. He also enjoys working with individuals as well as adolescents. Chris has spent many years coaching youth sports and enjoys inspiring people to reach higher to be their best.

Chris also incorporates a faith-based approach to individuals who value faith as a significant part of their life. Chris desires to have a non-judgmental attitude and sees himself as a fellow traveler on the road of life.

Chris is married to Dr. LaDan Goble, and they have two sons. Chris enjoys an active lifestyle with his family. He also enjoys coaching his son’s athletic teams.

He works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, at our North and South Scottsdale locations. Chris can be reached at 602-790-7203 or at christianmgoble@gmail.com



Perry Emerick, M.A. Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Perry Emerick has spent his whole professional life serving and caring for people. After completing his undergraduate degree in youth ministry and being ordained in 1996, he has been ministering in various roles for over 25 years across all age groups. As a result of his counseling people in a pastoral role, Perry felt called to increase his skill and ability in this area by completing his Master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Perry is a biblically-based, trauma-informed therapist and is EMDR trained.

Of special interest for Perry is working with men and couples who have been stuck in their life through a variety of challenges including traumatic experiences and addictions to pornography. He has witnessed first-hand the destructive nature of these issues on the individual, couples, families, and society and has a passion to help men experience freedom, healing, and hope.

Perry is married with three children and loves spending time around anything with water, specifically scuba and boating, as well as hiking and the outdoors. He works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Perry practices out of the Scottsdale office and can be reached at 480-861-9002 or at perry@christiancounselingservicesaz.com. Perry's website is www.perryemerick.com.

 

 



Theresa Hay, M.S., Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Theresa is passionate about mental health, valuing an integrated approach that incorporates mental & physical health, spiritual well-being, and healthy relationships.  She embraces a trauma-informed approach, has worked as a substance abuse counselor, as a couples counselor, works with anxiety disorders, depression, body image issues, anger management, and domestic violence.  She takes a light-hearted approach when connecting with teens and children.

Hope is powerful. Theresa feels it is an honor to work with clients and help them move beyond their current struggles. She grew up in difficult circumstances with parents who suffered from mental illness, co-morbid medical issues, and chemical dependency. As a young college student, she found hope in her Christian faith which helped her build her life on a solid foundation.

She wholeheartedly believes your past is not your future. 

Theresa and her husband Craig met in college and they have been married for over 32 years.  They enjoy their 3 grown children and now have 3 grandchildren (so far!).  She is passionate about fitness and enjoys running, cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, and traveling. Theresa has been licensed as a Certified Personal Trainer since 2008 and loves to encourage others to pursue a healthy lifestyle. 

Theresa earned her Professional Counseling degree from Grand Canyon University. She has completed EMDR training, EMDR Recent Traumatic Events Protocol and Group Traumatic Events Protocol (R-TEP & G-TEP), is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialists (CCTS) and is trained in couples counseling (Gottman Method), and teaches DBT skills. 

She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil, M.Ed, LPC who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Theresa can be reached via email at  th@ibgaz.com or by cell at 602-290-8491. She works out of our Glendale office at 21448 N. 75th Ave, Ste. 6, (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays) and our Metro Center office at 11225 N. 28th Dr. B #226 (Thursdays).



Susan Panos, M.Ed., Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Susan Panos, M.Ed., L.P.C. is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana where she was trained in client-centered therapy.

Susan has worked as a counselor for more than twenty years, primarily with adults and teens.  Her focus has been on anxiety, depression, trauma, and family of origin issues. She counsels from a Biblical world view which she believes is the key to transforming lives. Susan is EMDR trained and uses that as her primary modality in counseling her clients through trauma. Susan is also trained in Attachment Core Pattern Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Susan is married and has lived in the Phoenix area for over twenty years. She and her husband have two adult children. She enjoys art, hiking, travel, and spending time with her family.

Susan is contracted to provide counseling services at the South Scottsdale and Metrocenter locations. Susan can be reached at 480-242-6911 or susan@christiancounselingservicesaz.com. For more information, please see her website susanpanos.com.



Rebecca Lucas, MS, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Rebecca is a Licensed Associate Counselor and National Certified Counselor with Christian Counseling Services. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about working with individuals struggling with self-esteem, low self-worth, self-sabotaging behaviors, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Rebecca also offers couples therapy, relationship counseling, and child/adolescent counseling. She believes spirituality is a vital part of mental health and she is committed to helping clients integrate their faith into their counseling journey. Rebecca is trained in the use of both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) to help clients achieve lasting change by targeting the root issues of present problems. She works in one of our Surprise offices Tuesday-Friday and also offers video sessions.

She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Further information is available at rebeccalucascounseling.com or by calling 480-447-1595. She can also be reached by email at rebecca@christiancounselingservicesaz.com 

 



Candace Cook, MS, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), Licenced Associate Marital and Family Therapist (LAMFT)

Candace Cook, MA, LAC, LAMFT is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Licensed Associate Marital and Family Therapist who is native to Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Azusa Pacific University and has a Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marital and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Candace has a passion to serve others and is bold in her belief that through faith there is healing. She has followed the Lord throughout her journey and has been involved in numerous mission trips around the world, learning through each experience, and seeking guidance on how to better serve others by reading His Word. Candace believes that there is no greater self-awareness than knowing who you are in Christ our Lord. Candace had the privilege of living in California where she was an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapist and counselor at an elementary school in Huntington Beach. Currently, she is a leader at Cornerstone Church serving and volunteering abroad. 

She is working towards her independent licensure at Christian Counseling Services, under the supervision of Dr. Don Durham, Ph.D, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Candace can treat individuals, couples, children, and adolescents out of the Mesa and Goodyear offices. She is accepting new clients and is trained to offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) services. You can contact her at 602-299-9160 or Candace@ChristianCounselingServicesAz.com.  You can also visit her website at www.candacedelight.com.

 

 



Kim Van Wuffen, MS, LPC, CCTS, CCTSS, BHCC

Kim is an independently licensed, Christian, EMDR, trauma counselor. Kim EMDR level 2 trained and specializes in treating trauma-related issues. I work specifically with women from the ages of 18 +. As an artist and creative person, her early career began as an interior designer. From there she learned that she was a problem solver, who loved helping people in a relational manner. Growing up she always wanted to be a psychologist or some sort of counselor. So she naturally merged into the helping professions. 

Over the last 17 years, Kim has worked in the mental health field to some capacity. Her experience includes serving diverse settings, such as domestic violence, domestic sex trafficking, and community mental health. Her experiences have allowed me extensive education and training. Kim, therefore, holds several professional certifications from Arizona Trauma Institute and Brain MD. These certifications are necessary for the work that she is doing. They include, certified clinical trauma specialist-Family (CCTS), certified clinical trauma specialist-sex trafficking and exploitation, brain health coach (Dr. Amen Brain MD clinics). 

She has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. Although she no longer works with adolescents and children, she does have resources for those that do.

Along with being a therapist, Kim is also a certified brain health coach. She combines a strengths-based approach along with facilitating an environment where clients feel supported while knowing there are solutions on the horizon. She believes people can heal and no circumstance is beyond help. 

Kim incorporates a faith-based approach to counseling, but you do not have to be a person of faith in order to meet with her. She would love to connect with you and discuss what your personal counseling needs are. Her personal hobbies are working out, martial arts, and hanging out with her husband, God-daughters, and dogs. Kim can be reached at kim@christiancounselingservicesaz.com, 602-900-7046, and view her website at https://imagebytransformation.com/.

 



Elijah Steinbrecher, LAMFT (Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist)

Elijah Steinbrecher is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and holds a Masters degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Health Science from Arizona Christian University.  Elijah is an active member of a local body of Christian believers and lives life from a Christian worldview.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Elijah has been living in Phoenix for 8 years with his wife and children.  In his 10+ year career in the Behavioral Health field, Elijah has had the privilege to walk alongside many people seeking to understand, process, and transform themselves and their relationships.  Elijah is passionate about supporting children, couples, and families as they work through the various challenges associated with life and trauma. Elijah is an EMDR-trained Therapist who works from a trauma-informed approach. 

In the office, you can expect a safe non-judgmental Christian environment to foster growth and healing through a trusting and compassionate relationship.  Elijah considers it a privilege that others allow him to enter into their difficulties and be a part of their healing through the power of Christ.  Elijah works out of the Metrocenter office. He works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He may be reached at 602-540-8879 or at Elijah@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.



Natalie Bowman, MS, LAC

Natalie Bowman is a Master’s level therapist & Licensed Associate Counselor. She is a Phoenix native but currently lives in Tucson with her husband of 6 years and her two young sons. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Family Studies and Human Development and received her Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

She worked for 7 years as a biblical counselor to teenage girls in crisis through Springboard Teen Challenge, a 3-6 month inpatient rehabilitation facility. She also worked as a behavior coach at an elementary school for 2 years, helping children who were struggling with behavior issues in school. She has a passion for young girls and women, marriages & families, and new mothers struggling with postpartum depression and loves helping others find healing and freedom through Christ. Natalie is a trauma-informed therapist and is EMDR trained.

Natalie is working part-time under the supervision of Danielle Cutrer, MS, LPC, doing telehealth on Tuesdays and working out of our Tucson office on Fridays, located off of Oracle/between Magee and Ina Road. Natalie may be reached by phone at (520) 222-7375 or at natalie@christiancounselingservicesaz.com 

 



Adrienne McGonigle, MS, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Adrienne McGonigle is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC).  She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Grand Canyon University with a Master of Science in Professional Counseling.  Adrienne recently joined the Christian Counseling Services family to continue her work as a Licensed Associate Counselor with a faith-based approach. 

Adrienne is a native of Arizona and now resides in Glendale with her husband of 17 years, 2 teenage children (16 and 13), and her two fur babies (dogs).  Adrienne has followed the Lord for most of her life and has attended her current church for the past 20 years.  Adrienne enjoys spending time with family, attending her children’s sporting events, traveling, scrapbooking, crafting/painting, listening to music, and attending professional sporting events.  She is an avid baseball fan.  Adrienne has volunteered and served as a Girl Scout Troop co-leader providing guidance and support to young girls and teenage girls for the past 8 years. 

Adrienne is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, ADHD, and autism-related issues.  She also enjoys working with couples and families struggling with communication and relationship/marital challenges.  She offers a trauma-informed approach, uses CBT and DBT modalities, teaches anger management skills, has expertise in ADHD and Autism management, and is being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

Adrienne is working toward her independent licensure under the supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.  She is eager and excited to begin her new journey with Christian Counseling Services and is now accepting new clients in the Glendale office located at 21448 N. 75th Ave, Ste. 6, Glendale, AZ 85308 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays).  She offers both in-person and telehealth services.  She can be contacted at 623-696-0475 or adrienne@christiancounselingservicesaz.com



Julianne Sample, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Julianne Sample is a Licensed Associate Counselor, trained in EMDR trauma therapy.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO.  Julianne completed her 1-year internship with Arizona Consulting and Counseling Services in August 2020 where she counseled individuals, couples and groups, focused on helping clients recovering from histories of substance abuse/DUI, and domestic violence. 

Julianne is passionate about working with individuals and couples helping them to understand family dynamics and equipping them to nurture gratitude for their own and their partner’s positive qualities.  She believes that in counseling individuals, couples, and families, each person begins to uncover and express their unique gifts and talents to experience freedom, healing, and hope.  Julianne enjoys working with each client, helping those who seek restoration, hope, and healing. 

Julianne’s passion for counseling developed from serving within various ministries at her church; through women’s Bible studies, food pantry ministries, and annual Christmas community outreach with families. 

Julianne and her husband have been married for over 35 years.  They enjoy their 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  She enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

Julianne will be continuing her work as a Licensed Associate Counselor under the Supervision of Chloe Cooper, MS, LISAC, LPC who is an approved Clinical supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She will be working out of the Goodyear offices and can be reached at 602-842-2754 and by email at julianne@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.  Please also visit her website: juliannecounseling.com.

 



Karen Loscavio, M.S., Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Karen Loscavio is a Licensed Associate Counselor at Christian Counseling Services. She earned her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Northern Arizona University where she is earning her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University.

Karen has experience working with families of children with developmental delays or disorders as well as clients with a history of trauma and abuse. She believes that our challenges are our greatest coaches. Karen is passionate in joining her clients on their journey to achieve healing and personal growth, offering support in building resilience and developing renewed trust. Having overcome her own hardships of emotional neglect, significant loss, abuse, and trauma, Karen continually seeks to press on toward what lies ahead and desires to help her clients find the truth and freedom they need to press on in their lives as well. 

Karen approaches life from a Christian worldview and offers Biblically-based counseling for those who desire to integrate their faith into their healing journey. She works with children, teens, adolescents, and adults. Leaning into the hard experiences of life can be scary. Karen offers safety, empathy, and compassion, helping her clients develop the courage they need to let go of fear and pursue hope. 

Karen is trained in EMDR. She works under the direct supervision of Dr. Don Durham, PhD. who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She works out of the North and South Scottsdale offices. She can be reached at (480) 331-9426 and at karen@christiancounselingservicesaz.com

 



Debbie Hackbarth - M.S., Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Debbie Hackbarth is a master’s level intern, working to obtain her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After raising two daughters, gaining lots of life experience, and making thirteen moves across the United States, she returned to school (and to the Valley of the Sun) to pursue her graduate degree. She holds a BS in Family Studies and Human Development from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. “I have faced my own grief, loss, and personal struggles. I know what it is like to reach out for help and begin the healing process. I have a strong desire to 'pay it forward' and provide a safe, therapeutic haven where others can feel heard and begin their own healing journey to recover from previous trauma and difficulties in life.”

Debbie enjoys working with individuals, adolescents, and children using a faith-based approach to utilize experiential counseling methods that include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Art Therapy. She is being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients succeed in making lasting positive changes by targeting root issues of present problems.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness are also utilized to achieve results in the counseling process. She works under the direct supervision of Danielle Cutrer, M.Ed, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and currently works out of the Scottsdale office on Mondays and Thursdays and the Midtown office on Saturdays.

She can be reached at 781-635-5779 and at debbie@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.



Cristina Cummings, MS, LAC, Licensed Associate Counselor

Cristina Cummings is a Licensed Associate Counselor. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Western International University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is EMDR trained and has worked with adult individuals and couples as well as groups on a variety of mental health issues including depression, stress management, anxiety, drug/alcohol abuse management, relationship conflict/communication. She completed her internship with Arizona Counseling and Consulting services learning and applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy.

Cristina recently served at Vineyard Church North Phoenix as the Coordinator of the Counseling Ministry and during the previous 5 years, she volunteered as a lay counselor assisting the pastoral staff with pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, and individual counseling.  This experience allowed her to combine her passion of counseling while sharing her faith. 

Previously, Cristina worked in the corporate world for 15 years helping the military community and their families as an Insurance agent and client advocate.

Cristina’s focus and passion are about meeting her clients where they are in their journey in a compassionate and safe environment while empowering them to learn about themselves, set realistic goals, and work as a team to achieve them.

Cristina is a bilingual (Spanish-English) counselor.

Cristina is under the direct supervision of Donald Durham, Ph.D., who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She works out of the Glendale office. She can be contacted at 623-221-9785 text/call, or at cristina@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.



Virgiann "ViVi" Searcy - Intern
 
As ViVi would say because she meditates on it daily - "May our home be a home of Shalom (His perfect peace that passes all understanding)." This is her daily prayer for her household and yours. Everyone desires this, however, the cares of this life try to take away our Shalom. Christ as our foundation and Shalom in the atmosphere is the desire for ViVi in the families she works with. 
 
Virgiann Searcy (nicknamed ViVi) is currently an intern working on her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family therapy. She is a student at Northcentral University and is on track to graduate in Spring 2023. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications at Northern Illinois University in 2008.  
 
ViVi believes that the family unit, as a whole, plays a key role in each individual within that family. Therefore, working with children and their families is an area of the desired specialty. After working in a therapeutic day school with high-schoolers who exhibited various social-emotional disorders, ViVi developed a greater passion to work with the youth and their families through those difficulties. When even a model student, who was having a hard day confessed and expressed that nothing in life mattered anymore because her father said she was "only good for laying on her back," ViVi realized that treating the child apart from the family can only go so far. This put her on the path towards working on her licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.
 
ViVi is also a strong advocate for holistic living and eating. She believes that because our bodies are the temple of Elohim, we have to treat it like that because we are His vessels. Research evidence supports the notion that nutrition affects a person's mental state. Our Faith and our works are associated with our words and action, therefore we have to show ourselves worthy (to Him) by taking care of these temples.
 
ViVi is excited for the opportunity to learn and grow with Christian Counseling Services. ViVi adores working with children and adolescents, and she is available to work with all ages. As a stay-at-home mom of five boys herself, this native of Chicago relocated to Arizona three years ago to soak up all the beauty of the Father's creation. As one who enjoys the outdoors, her family desired to be in a climate that caters to this. In her free time, ViVi enjoys every bit of family time, hiking, exercising, baking vegan goodies, and spending time studying His Word.  
 
ViVi is under the direct supervision of Donald Durham, Ph.D., who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She can be reached at 773-272-5747 and vivi@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.
 
 


Aubrey Clark - Intern

Aubrey Clark, MA, is a master’s level intern, earning her Master of Science in Counseling from Hope International University. She holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Talbot School of Theology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Theatre, from The Ohio State University. Aubrey has previously worked in full-time Christian ministry as a pastoral counselor in the local church and is passionate about ministry leader health and well-being. Having experienced the unique stress of being in full-time ministry, Aubrey seeks to walk alongside ministry leaders and their families towards a more integrated, healthy, and balanced life lived with God and others. She is also passionate about relationship health and maintenance – family, friendship, dating, engagement, and marriage – to help people trust, grow, and thrive in their bonds with one another. Aubrey integrates spiritual formation concepts, along with attachment and trauma-based modalities, to help clients have a more honest view of themselves, others and God, and to use that knowledge to create a more realistic and healthier lifestyle – emotionally, physically, relationally, spiritually, and intellectually. Aubrey is certified in Prepare & Enrich couples’ assessment and Gottman (level I) couples’ training.

Aubrey recently moved from southern California to the Phoenix area with her husband, but primarily grew up in the Midwest. She loves getting outdoors, playing all sorts of instruments, having a good laugh (usually at her expense), any book written by C.S. Lewis, cats, and a piping hot cup of tea.

Aubrey is currently being trained in EMDR under the direct supervision of Donald Durham, Ph.D., who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

She works out of the Surprise and Glendale offices on Mondays and Fridays. Reach her by phone at (765) 490-5788 or email aubrey@christiancounselingservicesAZ.com. 

 



Tara Dorman - Intern

Tara Dorman is a master’s level intern, scheduled to graduate in 2021 with a Master of Science in Christian Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is a member of the National Honor Society, International Honor Society in Psychology, the National Society of Leadership and Success. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology. Tara is currently in training in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

Tara was born and raised in Arizona, worked in the public school system for over twenty years, and enjoys hiking, traveling, the beach, and spending time with family and friends. She has a love for all animals, especially her ragdoll cats and sulcata tortoises. 

Tara became a Christian at the age of twelve and always felt called to become a counselor. She is passionate about helping others and believes true healing comes from working on root causes along with biblical integration. She is working under the direct supervision of Chloe Cooper, LISAC, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Tara can be reached by phone at 623-853-6901 and by email at tara@christiancounselingservicesaz.com She sees clients Monday-Friday via telehealth after 4 pm, Saturday from 9 am-2 pm in Goodyear, and Sunday from 9 am-2 pm at the Metrocenter office.



Andrea Avalos-Intern
 
Andrea is working on a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from American Indian College of the Assemblies of God. She has experience with women, youth, and children. She has served in many areas of ministry within her church. She is currently involved with her congregation’s homeless ministry in downtown Phoenix. 

When working with youth on the reservation, this is where she learned to ask people, “What is your story?”. This was when she realized everyone experiences trauma, and everyone has a story that has impacted their life. This began the desire to understand how experiences affect us and desiring to see people healed and made whole in Yeshua. Andrea found herself in counseling and mentoring roles with young women and coworkers. God used these moments to encourage Andrea to pursue a counseling degree. She is working on training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Andrea loves to craft and make jewelry. She loves to read and write, and she loves to worship. Yeshua is her foundation. Her desire is to do everything for His Glory. 

Andrea will be working under the supervision of Jennifer Cecil, M. Ed, LPC who is an approved supervisor by the AZBBHE

Andrea will be working of the Glendale office on Sundays, and the Northwest office (MetroCenter area) on Mondays and Tuesdays. Andrea can be reached at andrea@christiancounselingservicesaz.com or 602-781-2645.



AJ Spatz, Intern

AJ Spatz is a practicum intern working to complete his Master’s of Arts in Counseling at Phoenix Seminary. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Along with his Master’s coursework, AJ has gained experience offering volunteer counseling services to the community through a local church Lay Counseling program. Current ongoing training includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in addition to continuing his academic pursuits.

AJ, born and raised in Arizona, enjoys a variety of outdoor activities with his wife, and the two especially enjoy traveling, though their two dogs cannot always accompany them. He describes his time at Phoenix Seminary as a time in which others have come alongside him to encourage personal growth and development of character. He views counseling others as a way to transition from receiving care and support to blessing and encouraging others in their personal development.

Raised in a Christian home, AJ became a Christian at a young age and has participated in several areas of ministry with children, students, and adults. Biblical integration and a comprehensive bottom-up approach to target root issues are important to him in the counseling process. He is working under the direct supervision of Chloe Cooper, LISAC, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. AJ works out of the Surprise Office and is available for Telehealth appointments as well.  He can be reached by phone at (480) 582-9542 and by email at aj@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.



Caitlyn Amstutz, Intern
 
Caitlyn Amstutz is a master’s level intern, currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University, working to achieve her Masters in Clinical Mental Health with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family. She obtained her Bachelors in Psychology with a Minor in Counseling at Grand Canyon University in 2016. Caitlyn has experience in working with children as she used to volunteer in her church’s children’s ministry and worked as a respite care provider for families with children with disabilities for several years. 
 
From a young age, Caitlyn has always had a passion for helping others and being that person who will listen when others need to talk. From personal experience, Caitlyn understands how challenging it can be to reach out for help, and because of this, she desires to create a safe and non-judgmental place for people to open up and share as needed. Having grown up in a Christian family, the Christian faith is a very important aspect of Caitlyn’s life, and she desires to include this in her work in helping people through their struggles. She also understands that this is not for everyone and will allow one to choose how much, if any, they desire to share within their sessions. Caitlyn has always had a strong passion for working with children and adolescents and has recently become passionate about eventually helping couples achieve the calling God has placed on their relationship and marriage.  
 
Caitlyn will be trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is interested in and excited to work with individuals, couples, and children. She will be working under the direct supervision of Kelley McMahon, MSW, LCSW, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Caitlyn will be working out of the Goodyear location on Mondays and Tuesdays and the Surprise location on Wednesday evenings. She can be contacted at 623-243-2364. 


Brittany Kearns - Intern

Brittany Kearns is an Intern finalizing her Master of Science in Professional Psychology with a focus on Christian Counseling through Grand Canyon University. Four years ago, Brittany felt led by God to pursue a career in counseling as she has always been known by her friends and family to be deeply empathetic with a huge heart for others. 

Brittany’s empathic side was developed as she grew up feeling that something was missing. By the time she was 18, she was a self-diagnosed hypochondriac with chronic anxiety and daily panic attacks. While she believed in God, she was taught to believe he was more of a fearsome, unapproachable entity rather than an unconditionally loving Father. After hitting rock bottom, she found a truer understanding of who Jesus is in her life which changed everything for her. Brittany believes that God has equipped us with everything we need to live an abundant and prosperous life and that counseling can be a divine gift to help guide us to that life. She prioritizes her spiritual life and enjoys attending annual retreats and seminars that focus on how to be led by the Holy Spirit and living a God-centered life.  

She and her husband Rob have lived in the valley for 6 years and have two children: Ava and River. Brittany is an avid photographer and published author for a grace-based women's magazine. She believes the root of suffering is often found in our past trauma and a combination of clinical practice and biblical integration is key to healing. She has a great interest in working with individuals, couples, and children.  

Brittany is currently being trained in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) under the direct supervision of Chloe Cooper, LISAC, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Brittany can be reached at (831) 583-7011 or via email at brittany@christiancounselingservicesaz.com 

 


Katie Bedolla - Intern
 
Katie Bedolla is an intern working to finish her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Katie graduated with her Bachelor's of Psychology with a Minor in Christian Studies from Grand
Canyon University in 2018. Along with counseling, she is currently the Director of Children's Ministries at her local church, City Church of Surprise. 
 
Katie's passion for guiding others to healing began throughout her time mentoring junior high students/teenagers while she was in her undergrad. Through her years of teaching first grade and ministering at church, she is highly qualified to work with children with various behavioral and mental health challenges. Katie is passionate about Trauma counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.   Through her faith-based approach, Katie strives to offer an empathetic and accepting atmosphere to all clientele. Katie wholeheartedly believes that proper counseling gives way for the Lord to heal and bind all wounds (Psalm 147:3). 

Katie is also working to obtain her Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training. Katie is under the direct supervision of Donald Durham, PhD, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She currently works out of the Glendale office and can be reached at (623)-824-9915 and at katieb@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.



 

Justice Graham-Intern

Justice Graham is an intern working to finish her Masters of Arts in Counseling at Ottawa University. Justice graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications in May of 2020. Along with being a full-time student she also works as a Program Coordinator at Bridge Consulting Services. Justice’s passion for counseling started when she was 15 years old. She started taking psychology classes at a young age and grew to love counseling over the years. Justice feels that her goal in this life is to help other people while also helping them learn and know of Jesus Christ. Justice loves art and dancing, she hopes to incorporate some of her years of art and dancing skills into her therapy sessions with clients. Justice has a huge passion for movement and art therapy. Over the last few years, Justice has grown immensely in her faith, and she is passionate and motivated to learn more and teach others about the goodness of God. Justice states that “the world can be stressful and negative, but with God by your side, you will be empowered and joyful in all things that you do.” One of her theme Bible verses is, “Do not be conformed by the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

Justice is also working to obtain her Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training. Justice is under the direct supervision of Donald Durham, PhD, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She currently works out of the Surprise office at 18789 Reems Rd., Suite 160, Surprise AZ 85374. She can be reached at justice@christiancounselingservicesaz.com and at 602-824-8807.

 



Sierra Jodee Kwast - Intern
Sierra Jodee Kwast is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She has a B.S. in Addictions.
Sierra is passionate about working with a variety of clients, including children, couples, and adults. She believes that recognizing and treating trauma at the source is the most beneficial way to transform a person’s life. When she is not working or doing homework, Sierra loves to spend time with her husband and two dogs.
Sierra is currently in training in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
She is working under the direct supervision of Kim Van Wuffen, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Sierra can be reached by phone at 623-512-5109 and sierra@christiancounselingservicesaz.com. She is currently seeing clients Friday 10am-6pm at Arrowhead and Saturday 10am-6pm at Surprise.
 
When she is not working or doing homework, Sierra loves to spend time with her husband and two dogs.
 
 
 


Tania Rojo - Intern
 
Tania currently holds a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University where she graduated with honors. She currently holds a LAC in the state of Arizona. Tania is Christ and family-centered and enjoys working with an array of individuals. She has experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples. She believes in a holistic counseling approach where mind, body, and spirit are combined to help support an individual’s healing process. 

Tania has worked for over five years in education and community resources in supporting parents and students. Tania believes that the root cause of many physical, mental, and emotional sufferings is based on past trauma. Through increased self-awareness and God’s redemptive love, she began her trauma healing journey and discovered her calling to be a counselor. 

Tania is passionate about serving God by helping others in her community heal from past traumatic experiences that hinder their ability to be the person God has created them to be. One of Tania’s passions is helping to build strong Christian families by offering resources, education, and trauma healing support. As Frederick Douglas once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”

As a trauma-informed clinician, Tania believes that the mind can heal itself and sees EMDR therapy as a gift to support this process. Tania is trained in Weekend I EMDR and is pursuing complete training. Tania is fluent in Spanish and passionate about serving the Spanish Speaking Community. She will be working under the supervision of Jennifer Cecil, M. Ed LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the AZBBHE. Tania will see clients in the Goodyear office and can be reached at Tania@chrisstiancounselingsevicesAZ.com or 602 529-2111



Courtney Havelind - Intern

Courtney Havelind is an intern finalizing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University. From a young age, she wanted to be a counselor. She has always had a passion for helping people and personal life experiences have led to her pursuit of a career in counseling.

Courtney became a Christian in childhood and her relationship with God grew during challenging times in her early adult years. A combination of the Lord, support of family and friends, and church helped her through those struggles and Courtney personally experienced the truth that "all things are possible with God." As a result, she lives by one of her favorite scriptures: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). With that, Courtney decided to become a Christian counselor so she can help others who face personal struggles by combining faith and professional counseling approaches.

Courtney believes past trauma contributes to present suffering. She also believes an individual’s mindset, thought process, and relational experiences impact his or her life. Courtney has completed specialized courses that focus on marriage and family therapy. Also, she is training in trauma-focused therapy approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She plans to work with individuals from adolescent years to adulthood.

Courtney has lived in Arizona for nearly four years. She loves spending time with her husband, two children, and their dog. She likes to travel, explore new places, and try new things. She loves to hike and cook new recipes.

Courtney is working under the direct supervision of Claudia (Chloe) Cooper, LISAC, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She works out of the Arrowhead and N. Scottsdale offices and is available for Telehealth appointments as well. She can be reached by phone at 480-559-9147 and by email at courtney@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.



Cassie Cady - Intern

Cassie Cady is an intern working to complete her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Phoenix Seminary. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. She will be trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Cassie enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband Kyle moved from Tucson at the beginning of 2020 and have enjoyed being close to where she grew up. They welcomed their first child in February of 2022 and are enjoying the new transition to a family of three. They are actively involved with their local church and enjoy cultivating relationships with others.

Cassie has felt called to counseling since the end of high school and is very passionate about helping others experience healing by digging down into the roots of what is causing pain. She has worked through her own personal counseling and has experienced this firsthand. She believes there are places in each person where the Gospel can continue to enrich, grow, and heal. She is excited to work with people of all ages and hopes to offer the experiences and training she has received so that others may experience comfort and healing. She is working under the direct supervision of Kim Van Wuffen, MS, LPC, CCTS CCTSS, BHCC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

She can be contacted at 480-486-1285 and at cassie@christiancounselingservicesaz.com, and will be working at the Phoenix and Mesa locations.



Janet Moe, Life Coach

Janet Moe is a Board Certified Life Coach PLC-CLC and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DPT) Group Skills Facilitator. Her certification for life coaching is through the American Association of  Christian Counselors, of which she has been a member for 11 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Public Administration, with a major in Corrections and a minor in Counseling.  Janet has worked in the real estate industry as a Branch Manager and Sr. Escrow officer for the last 40 plus years, specializing in commercial, residential, and investment

Janet is working in various office locations and she can be reached at 602-315-6825 or by email at janet@christiancounselingservicesAZ.com transactions and insured transactions between various parties including buyers, sellers, investors, homeowners, lenders, and realtors.  Janet continues to maintain her real estate license since

selling Commercial Real Estate for 5 years in the late 80’s/early ’90s.  Janet has ministered for over 15 years with the Deliverance Team Ministry, at her local church, serving people who have experienced trauma, suffered from additions, and struggled with emotional, psychological, and social debilitations or disorders.   She has been on her church’s Prayer Ministry Team for over 20 years and has been doing lay counseling for over 5 years.  Janet is a second-generation Phoenician, married to her husband, who is a retired Child Safety Investigator of 26 years.  They share 4
children and 11 grandchildren.  Janet loves spending time with family, friends, going to the movies, and on cruises.  From a very your age, Janet has had a passion for the broken-hearted. Through her own life experiences as a wounded daughter, single mother, and one who has endured multiple health challenges, she understands the range of emotions that we can experience when facing various trials, hardships, and trauma.  Janet’s strong Christian faith and reliance on God has shaped her with compassion, empathy, and the relentless desire to help those struggling to heal and fulfill the destiny that God has for them.

Janet is working in various office locations and she can be reached at 602-315-6825 or by email at janet@christiancounselingservicesAZ.com