Our Team

Danielle Cutrer, M.S.  LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Danielle Cutrer, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is a native to Phoenix, Arizona.  She graduated from the University of Phoenix with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She enjoys working with teens, young adults, career-aged individuals and couples.  She is an EMDR therapist trained in trauma resolution.  She completed her internship with Christian Family Care Agency in Phoenix, AZ where she studied Attachment Theory and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.

She uses EFT interventions with couples that focus on creating safety and security through healthy partner attachment.  By incorporating a faith based approach to counseling, she seeks to help each client find hope. She has a deep love for healthy living, nutrition, her husband Joseph, daughter, and a Christ-centered life.

Danielle was working under the supervision of Jennifer Cecil. M. Ed, LPC  for two years as an LAC and currently works at our Arrowhead location on Mondays and Tuesdays. Danielle is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She supervises Practicum students, Interns, and Licensed Associate Counselors. You can contact her at 520 329 3936 or at danielle@christiancounselingservicesaz.com. Danielle's website is www.daniellecutrer.com


Ashley Renee Gunn, M.S.  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Ashley Gunn, M.S., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor living in Waddell, AZ with her husband of 9 years. Ashley has been a Bible-believing Christ-follower since childhood and has a vibrant and intentional faith. Ashley holds a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Health/Family Studies with a minor in Biblical Studies from Southwestern College in Phoenix, AZ and a Masters of Science in Counseling/Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from University of Phoenix located in Ontario, CA. Ashley completed her educational practicum requirements by providing counseling services to the Inland Empire in California in cooperation with the University of Phoenix Counseling Skills Center.

 She is a trauma-informed therapist and is trained in EMDR as well as Level I  Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training. Ashley was working under the supervision of Jennifer Cecil M. Ed, LPC for two years as an LAC and currently works exclusively in the West Valley. Ashley is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She supervises Practicum students, Interns, and Licensed Associate Counselors

Ashley works at two of our west valley locations as follows:

Goodyear: Mondays and Tuesdays

Arrowhead: Thursdays and Fridays

Please visit Ashley's website at www.ashleygunn.com or contact her at 623-204-9662 or Ashley@ChristianCounselingServicesAZ.com 

Please fill out the contact form to inquire about session rates. ​

To verify licensure, please visit the Lic. #LAC-5719T



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 1980’s, 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. 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 world view. 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 every-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 East Mesa office at the corner of Southern/Val Vista on Saturdays and Tuesday evening, expanding his hours of availability in late 2020. He also works out of another Mesa office located at 1356 E. McKellips Rd #103. He also offers distance therapy by video teleconference and 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.

He can be contacted through his Facebook page www.Facebook.com/drdondurham, phone or text at 602-692-9238, or by email at ddurhamphd@durhampsychologicalservices.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


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 is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Perry practices out of the Scottsdale office at 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 has worked as a therapist at a residential addiction facility, has experience with trauma, anxiety, 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 with 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 30 years.  They are grateful for their grown family: one daughter, 2 sons, and 2 grandchildren (so far!).  She is passionate about fitness and enjoys running, cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, and traveling. Theresa has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2008 and loves to encourage others pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Theresa earned her Professional Counseling degree from Grand Canyon University and is currently taking online courses in Applied Neuroscience from King’s College London.   

She is an EMDR trained therapist, has completed Gottman Method Couple Level 1 Training,  and teaches DBT skills.   


Arrowhead office: Mondays & Tuesdays

21448 N 75th Ave, Suite #6

Glendale, AZ 85308


Metro Center office Wednesday & Thursdays

11040 N 28th Drive Suite 226

Phoenix, AZ 85029          


She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health ExaminersTheresa can be reached via email at  Theresa@christiancounselingservicesaz.com or Cell 602 290-8491


Chris Goble, M.A. Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Chris Goble is an LAC (licensed associate 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 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


Susan Panos, M.Ed. Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Susan Panos, M.Ed., L.A.C. is a Licensed Associate 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. She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Susan can be reached at 480-242-6911 or susan@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.



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

Chloe Cooper, LISAC, LPC is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and EMDR therapist trained in trauma resolution. She has worked in treatment centers with individuals and family members affected by addiction and associated dysfunctional behavior as well as childhood neglect, abandonment, abuse, attachment issues, and trauma. She is currently expanding her training for counseling adults who have early childhood developmental trauma that impact present thoughts and behaviors. Her spirituality has been a major component of her own recovery and she works with clients to uncover the spiritual aspect of their journey as well as gain hope through finding their sense of inherent value, purpose, presence, and authenticity.

She is originally from Pennsylvania, with an undergraduate degree from Penn State University. She worked in technology for years in Texas and Washington, before coming to Scottsdale, Arizona. In Arizona, Chloe participated for years in 12-Step Recovery groups including Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Codependents Anonymous as well as personal counseling. She is a life-long learner with additional training in Pre-med, Biblical Studies, Biblical Counseling, and Naturopathy. She and her husband enjoy outdoor activities, traveling and real estate investing. Her office is located at 8707 E. Vista Bonita #140  Scottsdale 85255.

You may contact Chloe at 480-500-8869  or at chloe@scottsdaletherapist.org. Her website is www.scottsdaletherapist.org.


Marc Dewease, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Marc Dewease was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He spent 30 years as a telecommunications technician where he learned to hear customer problems and convert them into solutions. After he retired he chose to finish his undergraduate schooling at Arizona Christian University, majoring in Christian Ministry with minors in Behavioral Health and Biblical Studies. Marc has always had an ability to listen to people and offer helpful suggestions. He sensed a call to counseling after serving as a men’s recovery group facilitator and chose to enhance his skills and ability by earning his Master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

Marc currently serves as a volunteer healthcare chaplain and works part-time as a hospice chaplain, ministering to patients and their families. He is a cancer survivor, and his experience with the difficulty of treatment and how it affected patients and families prompted him to become a healthcare chaplain. His diagnosis and treatment for depression and working in men’s recovery encouraged him to respond to his call to counseling. 

Marc is married and has five children and four grandchildren. He enjoys cruising on his Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic, exploring the backroads of Arizona, anything outdoors, sports, and is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Marc received his Master’s degree from GCU in 2019. He works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He works out of the South Scottsdale, Mesa, and Metrocenter locations and can be reached at marc@christiancounselingservicesaz.com or 480 276 2570.


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 working in the recently opened Surprise office. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from 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. She uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients achieve lasting change by targeting the root issues of present problems. Rebecca is working out of the Surprise office.

She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is 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 



Katie Firedancing, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Katie Firedancing, M.S. LAC, is a Licensed Associate Counselor, trained in EMDR trauma therapy as well as Emotion Focused Couples Therapy.  Katie holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Family Studies and Human Development from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.  She has recently completed her Masters of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.  Katie completed her 10 month internship with Christian Counseling Services in June 2019 and will be continuing her work as a Licensed Associate Counselor under the supervision of Danielle Cutrer M.S., LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

Katie is passionate about couples both married and pre-marital, equipping them to have healthier relationships through facilitating healthy attachment and vulnerable connection.  Katie employs the therapeutic frameworks of Attachment Theory, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, as well as the Gottman Method when working with couples. She believes that marriage is one of the most beautiful and transformational unions, however as a married woman herself understands the challenges that accompany joining ones life with another.  Katie also enjoys working with individuals, helping each person to seek healing for their trauma through the framework of EMDR Therapy. When she is not counseling Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

Katie is being supervised by Danielle Cutrer and currently works out of the Arrowhead, Goodyear, and Surprise locations. Please visit Katie's website at www.katiefiredancing.com or contact her at 623-688-8065 or at katie@christiancounselingservicesaz.com


Candace Cook, 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 women in their 20-30’s.

She is working towards her independent licensure at Christian Counseling Services, under the supervision of Ashley Gunn, MS, LPC, who is 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 immediately and will be trained to offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) services in late February 2020. You can contact her at 602-299-9160 or Candace@ChristianCounselingServicesAz.com.  You can also visit her website at www.candacedelight.com.


Jessica Tracy, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Jessica Tracy, LAC is a Licensed Associate Counselor living in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and their dog. She graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix with her Master of Science in Professional Counseling. Jessica is originally from Texas and being from a military family, spent her childhood moving to different states and countries. Before pursuing the mental health field, Jessica graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas with an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies. She also served as a missionary in Northern Asia and obtained her Minister’s License with the Assemblies of God.

Jessica’s passion for mental health developed after serving with various ministries at her church, and going to counseling herself. She experienced personally the effects that mental health and trauma play into spiritual, physical, emotional and relational health. Her desire is to walk with you in your journey of healing and hope. Jessica is EMDR level 1 trained, and utilizes an attachment based framework with clients. She works with kids, adolescents, individuals, and couples. Jessica also incorporates a faith-integrated approach for those who desire it.

Jessica is being supervised by Danielle Cutrer, LPC, who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and works at two of our west valley locations as follows:

Glendale Office: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Goodyear Office: Mondays and Fridays

Please visit her website at www.jessicabtracy.com, or you can contact her through email at jessica@christiancounselingservicesaz.com, or by calling/texting her at 480.594.0195.



Kelley McMahon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Kelley McMahon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from Kansas.  She received both 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 1998. She then served for 11 years in the field of child welfare, including overseeing the permanency planning for over 3000 children.  Through her work 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.  Kelley received specialized training in Parent Management Training (PMT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).  She was also trained to lead MAPP and Deciding Together (pre-service training for foster parents) throughout the state of Kansas.  

In 2009, she and her husband Ken moved several times for his job, at which  time Kelley began work as a stay-home mom to their two children.  Shortly after moving to Phoenix, Arizona, in 2011, Kelley found the JuicePlus Company  (health and nutrition), where she quickly built a team to the top level in the company.  In 2019, Kelley 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 coached her children in recreational and school sports for the past 10 years.  

Kelley is completing her training in EMDR therapy after having her own successful experiences with the modality.  She has a strong Christian faith that readily conveys hope for change and a safe, caring space for healing.  

Kelley focuses on clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, and childhood/ adult trauma. 

Read more about Kelley on her professional website www.kelleymcmahon.com

Office hours are flexible, please call.

She will be working out of our central Phoenix/South Scottsdale offices as well as our new midtown office as an affiliate of CCS. She can be reached at 602-391-5850 or via email at kelley@christiancounselingservicesaz.com

Kim Van Wuffen, LAC, CCTS, CCTSS, BHCC

Kim is EMDR level 2 trained and specializes in treating trauma related issues. She works specifically with women from the ages of 18 +. Her 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, Kim always wanted to be a psychologist or some sort of counselor. So she naturally merged into the helping professions. 

Over the last 17 years she 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. Kim's many professional experiences have allowed her extensive education and training. She 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). 

In addition, she has extensive  experience working with adults, adolescents and children. Along with being a therapist, Kim is also a certified brain health coach. In therapy she combines a strengths based approach along with facilitating an environment where clients feel supported. It is important that clients know that there are solutions on the horizon. Kim believes  people can heal and no circumstance is beyond help. Her therapy incorporates a faith-based approach to counseling but you do not have to be a person of faith in order to meet with her. Kim's personal hobbies are working out, martial arts, and hanging out with my husband, 2 God-daughters and dogs. She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Kim is working out of our Metrocenter, Midtown and South Scottsdale offices.  Kim can be reached at (602) 900-7046 and kim@christiancounselingservicesaz.com. Kim's website is https://imagebytransformation.com.


Michelle Vaughn, MS, LAC- Licensed Associate Counselor

Michelle Vaughn is a Licensed Associate Counselor who has lived in Surprise, Arizona for more than 30 years. After raising her children, she returned to school to complete her education
when she felt God calling her to use her passion for serving others. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, and a Master’s of Science degree in Professional Counseling with
an Emphasis in Trauma, both from Grand Canyon University.
In addition to her education, Michelle has served with her local church in a volunteer pastoral role, and with her city’s Crisis Response program, both of which have provided her with
opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus to people who are hurting.

Michelle enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan, and is privileged to provide a faith-based approach to her clients. She is passionate about the importance of the therapeutic relationship and its ability to help individuals heal and find hope in their future.

Michelle is accepting new clients immediately and is trained to offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) services. Outside of her therapeutic work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, and their 3 dogs. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time in worship of her Creator.

Michelle is working towards independent licensure, and is being supervised by Danielle Cutrer, MS,
LPC. Michelle currently works out of the Goodyear, Arrowhead, and Surprise locations. Please
visit her website at www.michelledvaughn.com for more information, or contact her by phone
at 520-333-5261 or via email at Michelle@christiancounselingservicesaz.com.

Chris Akard, Fitness Professional/Nutritional Expert

Chris Akard has been the owner and operator of the Akard Personal Fitness Group in South Scottsdale since 1995. He has been a fitness professional for 26 years and  has regularly appeared as a fitness expert on Channel 3 (KTVK) for 16 years. Chris has a passion for helping people become whole in all areas of life. To that end, he is pursuing a Psychology degree from Grand Canyon University. He is a certified life coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors. Chris coaches from a Christian worldview and recognizes the importance of spirituality in health/ wholeness.

Through a focus on nutrition and exercise, Chris has been successful in treating those with anxiety, depression, and a host of other mental health issues. In addition, he is an expert in the area of middle age nutrition and weight loss/ management. Chris and Jen collaborate on clients when necessary and his studio is conveniently located only minutes away from Jen's SCOTTSDALE location. Chris is the co-founder of the Plumbline Christian Wellness Program. (www.plumblineweightloss.com)

For more information about Chris, please visit his website at www.akard.com. He can be contacted at 480 941 0211 and at azfit@akard.com.


Elijah Steinbrecher, Intern

Elijah Steinbrecher is a Master’s level practicum intern, earning his Master’s in the Science of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Fuller Theological Seminary.  He holds a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Health Science from Arizona Christian University.  Elijah is an active member in a local body of Christian believers and lives life from a Christian worldview.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Elijah has been living in Phoenix for 6 years with his wife and children.  Through a 10+ year career in the Behavioral Health field, Elijah has walked alongside many people seeking to understand, process, and transform themselves and their relationships.  Elijah has grown passionate about supporting individuals 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 to be allowed to enter into the difficulties of others and watch them be healed through the power of Christ.  Elijah works at the Metrocenter office. He works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. He may be reached at 602-540-8879 or at elijahsteinbrecher@fuller.edu  


Janna Shrader, Intern

Janna Shrader is completing her Master’s degree in Christian Counseling with an emphasis on addiction/substance abuse from GCU. She works out of the south Scottsdale and Mesa offices. She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

 She is passionate about helping teens and children using the skills that she has gained working with special need children and young adults. She is trauma informed and is being trained in EMDR.

She Is originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago and moved to Arizona in 1997.

She and her husband Jason and have six children together who are all young adults and they are excited by how God is moving in their lives. She works in Children’s ministries at their church while her husband is point of contact for mission trips to Guatemala. They are also part of a local chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association.

Janna may be reached at (480) 773-5825 or janna@christiancounselingservicesaz.com


Aimee Lespron, Intern

Aimee Lespron is a Master's level intern, working toward her Masters in Clinical mental health counseling with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her bachelors degree in psychology with Argosy University.

Aimee is an Arizona native and currently resides in Mesa with her husband of 13 years and 2 daughters. Aimee is passionate and faithful working in church ministry and enjoys counseling  children and adults with trauma and other mental health issues. She has a background experience working with diverse cultures and worked as behavior coach.

Aimee enjoys spending time with her friends and family, attending sports activities, shooting hoops, swimming, feeding the homeless, by giving her time to the community, through outreach. Aimee is also a field advocate for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, working towards prevention and with in her community and state legislatures.

She is EMDR trained and has experience working with children and families. Her therapeutic approach is  caring, empathetic and competent when working with individuals, making it a great experience towards treatment with in the counseling process. 

She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and works out of the Mesa office. She is also assisting with leading DBT groups in our Scottsdale office. Aimee can be reached via email at aglespron19@gmail.com or at 480-578-9764.


Jennifer Ilie, Intern

Jennifer Ilie is a Master’s level practicum intern, earning her Master’s in Science of Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University, where she is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, and worked as an elementary school teacher. Jennifer enjoys working with individuals, couples, and children, as well as within group settings. She is empathetic, patient, and compassionate, and believes in the individual’s ability to grow from life’s challenges. 

Jennifer lives life from a Christian worldview. She volunteers at Phoenix Rescue Mission, a faith-based recovery program offering long-term, comprehensive services to women and children. She is originally from Tucson and lives with her husband, child, and miniature schnauzer named Zen. 

Jennifer is being trained in EMDR. She works under the direct supervision of Danielle Cutrer, MS, LPC, who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and currently works out of the Arrowhead office on Mondays and Surprise office on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

She can be contacted at Jennifer@christiancounselingservicesaz.com or by phone at (480) 442-0252.  



Kathy Carpenter – Intern

Kathy Carpenter is completing her Masters of Science degree in Christian Counseling at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. She received her bachelor’s degree at Cal State University East Bay, in California.
Kathy is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been in Phoenix, AZ for 13 years. She is actively involved with her local church. Kathy loves to hike, read, paint, garden, Christian music, Barre3 and her little Yorkies.
Kathy is currently getting her EMDR training and is looking forward to seeing how God uses her to help others. She works under the direct supervision of Jennifer Cecil M.Ed, LPC who is is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Kathy will be working out of our Metrocenter office. Kathy may be reached at (480_ 734-5828 or kathy@christiancounselingservicesaz.com 






Jody Moore – Intern

Jody Moore is a master’s level intern, working towards her Master of Science in Professional Counseling degree through Grand Canyon University. She has completed her Level I EMDR training and is excited about integrating this into her practice. Her experience includes serving diverse populations and cultures in a variety of settings. She has experience working with teen-agers, the SMI population and with families dealing with divorce and child custody issues. Jody has also done street ministry with Church on the Street and served for many years with Kairos Outside prison ministry where she walked beside women whose lives were impacted by incarceration either because they had served time or a loved one.

Jody has overcome many challenges in life, which allows her the ability to personally understand difficulties others may not. Her relationship with Jesus has been the catalyst to her recovery, healing, and transformation. Her passion is to help others look at the pain and trauma of the past, while helping them gain hope and perspective for a different future through their faith. While Jody believes healing ultimately comes from a true, transparent, relationship with Jesus Christ, she understands not everyone will hold the same belief and she is able to meet anyone right where they are. In Jody you will find honesty, empathy and unconditional regard to help you move through your personal healing journey. Jody is happily married to her husband, Ryan. Their blended family consists of four grown children, one teen-ager and six grandchildren. Her family is multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, which further allows her the ability to easily work with diverse populations.

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. Jody currently works out of the Metro Center office on Monday nights, the Arrowhead office on Wednesday nights, the Surprise office on Thursday nights and the Goodyear office on Saturdays. Telehealth and in-person sessions are available. Jody can be reached via email at jody@christiancounselingservicesaz.com or 602-775-8404.



Karen Loscavio - Intern

Karen Loscavio is a Master’s level practicum intern, earning her Master’s in Science of Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She holds a Bacherlor’s of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University and has experience working with families of children with developmental delays. Coaching her own children to build resiliency, develop renewed trust, and pursue hope despite suffering inspires Karen to reach farther into the community. She approaches life from a Christian worldview. Having overcome emotional neglect, loss, abuse, and other painful hardships, Karen continually seeks to press on toward what lies ahead in her life and desires to help individuals, children, and couples find the truth and freedom they need to press on in their lives as well. Leaning into the hard can be a very scary place. Karen offers safety, empathy, and compassion helping her clients develop the courage they need to let go of fear and pursue hope. 

Karen is being trained in EMDR. She works under the direct supervision of Ashely Gunn, MS, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She works out of the South Scottsdale office on Fridays and Saturdays. She can be reached at (702) 882-2680 and karen@christiancounselingservicesaz.com