Please contact our referral coordinator Sarah for help scheduling with any of our professionals at 928-583-2918.
Danielle Cutrer, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor native to Phoenix, AZ. 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 email@example.com. Danielle's website is www.daniellecutrer.com
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 fill out the contact form to inquire about session rates.
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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@
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@
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
Chris Goble, MA, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)
Chris Goble is a 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 email@example.com
Susan Panos, M.Ed., Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
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. Susan can be reached at 480-242-6911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chloe Cooper, M.S. Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
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 8707 E. Vista Bonita #140, Scottsdale 85255, where her hours are flexible. You may contact Chloe at 480-500-8869 or at email@example.com. Her website is www.scottsdaletherapist.org.
Kelley McMahon, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Kelley Jordan McMahon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Certified Clinical Trauma Provider (CCTP). 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.
Since that time, Kelley began work as a stay-home mom to their two children, launched a successful health and wellness business, and recently completed a 12-month program in holistic health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Kelley is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a primary modality. It is Kelley’s belief that successful reprocessing and integration of our past provides lasting and meaningful positive change. EMDR demonstrates many successful outcomes in the research literature, which is an important consideration for anyone considering counseling/therapy.
Mrs. McMahon is G-TEP and R-TEP trained, which are specific modalities used to address recent traumatic events for individuals and/or groups. Kelley also incorporates Internal Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman methods in her work. Through the AZBBHE, she is an Approved Supervisor.
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 focuses on individual adult clients seeking help with depression, anxiety, life stressors, childhood or recent trauma, relationship issues, fear, sadness, feeling “stuck”, grief, etc.
Office hours are flexible, please call.
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@
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
Katie Firedancing, MS, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)
Katie Firedancing, MS, 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, MS, LPC who 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, MS, LPC and currently works out of the Arrowhead location and telehealth. Please visit Katie's website at www.katiefiredancing.com or contact her at 623-688-8065 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Ashley Gunn, MS, LPC, 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@
Jessica Tracy, MS, 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.
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 on your journey of healing and hope.
Jessica is roots-focused and believes in finding where your present-day concerns began so you can heal. Jessica is also EMDR level 2 trained and works with kids, adolescents, individuals, and couples.
In her spare time, Jessica likes to read, go on walks with her dog, hike, cook, sing, play music, and spend time with family.
Jessica is being supervised by Danielle Cutrer, LPC, who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. You can reach Jessica via email: jessica@
Kim Van Wuffen, MS, 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 in 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 her husband, 2 God-daughters, and dogs. 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. Kim sees clients Monday-Wednesday, in North Scottsdale, and offers telehealth on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The North Scottsdale office is at 8707 E. Vista Bonita Dr., #140.
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.
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@
Kathy Carpenter – LAC
Kathy Carpenter has a Masters of Science degree in Christian Counseling from 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. She is actively involved with her local church. Kathy loves to hike, read, paint, garden, Christian music, Barre3, and her little Yorkies.
Kathy is trained in EMDR 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 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 email@example.com
Jennifer Ilie, MS, LPC
Jennifer Ilie is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and earned her Master of Science in 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 a variety of individuals in faith-based counseling, and has a passion for working with older children and teenagers. 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 is originally from Tucson and lives with her husband, child, and miniature schnauzer named Zen.
Jennifer is trained in EMDR. Jennifer is working towards independent licensure under the supervision of Danielle Cutrer, MS, LPC who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
Jennifer currently works out of the Arrowhead, Glendale, Surprise, and Scottsdale locations.
Jennifer can be reached at (480) 442-0252 and firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Kristiann Corley is a master’s level intern, working to obtain her Master of Science in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University (GCU). She graduated from GCU in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has extensive experience working with individuals in higher education. She volunteers in the children’s ministry at her local church in Phoenix and
enjoys the close-knit community that is seen within the body of believers.
Kristiann has a fervent passion for Christ and love for helping others through trauma, crisis, and many other adversities faced in the world. Her greatest passion in counseling is meeting clients where they are at and providing a place of comfort and guidance to help them find healing where all hope seems lost. Growing up in the church, she has witnessed and experienced the myth that Christians don’t have struggles with mental health. She hopes to shed light on that false narrative through the integration of biblical truth and clinical practices.
Kristiann will be training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has
a great interest in working with individuals, couples, and children. She will be working under the
direct supervision of Dr. Donald Durham, Ph.D., who is an approved supervisor through the
Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. Kristiann can be reached via email at 602-726-6171 or
Jason Ford - Intern
Jason is a Master’s level practicum intern, earning his Master’s in Science of Professional Counseling from Phoenix Seminary, where Jason has earned Dean’s List status on three separate occasions. Jason also has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois. He also holds a certification in Wellness Coaching, while working in the wellness industry for over a decade. Jason lives by example the importance of a fit lifestyle, as he has completed to date 13 Ironman Triathlons. He enjoys working with individuals on a variety of issues, including addictive disorders. Jason also has a long history of working with adolescents through his time spent as a high school wrestling coach and a leader in sports ministry. Jason is genuine, kind, thoughtful, and understanding and he believes that God has created people with amazingly resilient spirits, which allows them the opportunity to achieve restorative healing.
Jason’s life was transformed by God over 20-years ago stemming from his own struggles with addictive behavior. He has used his powerful story of redemption to help lead and encourage others to do the same. Jason is a resident of Gilbert, where he and his wife Grace are the proud parents of their two children, Jacob (9) and Hannah (7).
Jason is being trained in EMDR. He works under the supervision of Dr. Donald Durham, Ph.D. who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and currently works out of the Mesa office on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Jason works in the Mesa office on Wednesdays from 5-8 pm and on Fridays from 9 am-2 pm. He can be contacted at jason@christiancounselingservicesAZ.com or by phone at (480) 390-7443.
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.
Trish Haver - Intern
Trish is a Master's level practicum intern, earning her Master's in Arts of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society. She holds two Bachelors of Science degrees in Psychology from Liberty University in Virginia, one with a specialization in Christian Counseling and the second in Life Coaching. She graduated Magna Cum Laud. Trish has been a Life Coach for 6 years and has an Advanced Certification through the American Association of Christian Counselors. Trish is also a licensed Care and Connections Pastor at Desert Hills Community Church of the Nazarene.
Trish is military informed and has served the military community in a volunteer capacity since 1990. Her most recent service was during her daughter's command in Afghanistan from 2019 – 2020. She has a true heart for military veterans.
Trish's passion is allowing God to use her to love people in whatever capacity He sees fit, and journeying with them through the hard things in life. She is an Arizona native and grew up in a small ranching community near the southern border. Her love for people and call to the minister was first cultivated by helping her family care for immigrants. She has since participated in humanitarian aid missions in Kosovo, France, Ethiopia, and Israel. Trish loves to travel and lived in South Korea for two years where she served as a volunteer for the military chapel and submerged herself in Korean culture. She has three adult children, two of which currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.
Trish is being trained in EMDR. She works under the direct supervision of Dr. Donald Durham Ph.D. who is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavior Health Examiners. Trish works at our Mesa office and can be reached at (254) 290-0032 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her website is https://www.lifecoachingoutofthevalley.com/
Debbie Hackbarth - Intern
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 Bachelors of Science 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 Jennifer Cecil, 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 email@example.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@
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@
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)