Denise has supported individuals, parents and families in Arizona’s public mental health system for the past 16 years in direct service roles, case management, and leading family support programs. Denise has had the privilege of speaking at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care meetings in three states, and has conducted multiple presentations at the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH) conference in Washington, D.C., focusing on family-centered care and family involvement in mental health service delivery.
Denise believes in utilizing strength-based, non-judgmental approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and solution-focused therapy. Denise’s experience in raising an amazing son with a diagnosis of Autism lends a family perspective to her approach with youth, parents and families. Denise considers it a privilege to partner with individuals and families as they navigate life’s challenges, and embark upon change.
Michelle Goodwill MC, LAC
DBT Group Facilitator
Kelsey Kjellsen MC, LAC
Missy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. She has experience working with emerging adults, adults, and couples in a variety of areas including adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, stress management, self esteem, dysfunctional thought processes, grief/loss, coping strategies, interpersonal issues, and couples counseling.
Missy believes that the counselor-client relationship is the foundation for therapeutic change. She strives to create a nonjudgmental environment where her clients feel unconditionally valued and accepted on their road to healing. She often utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques as well as emotionally focused therapy (EFT) when working with couples. When appropriate, she also incorporates spirituality in the counseling process.
Missy has been married for over 20 years and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Josh Adams MC, LPC
Juanita has been assisting clients for over 20years. She finds it a privilege to assist individuals in their journey toward self-awareness and personal growth. She believes that treatment must be structured specifically to the unique needs of each individual. She also views the therapeutic journey as an experience, where together, goals are identified and the client’s strengths are utilized in achieving these personal goals.
Juanita received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is certified in EMDR and has specialized training in treating survivors of trauma and child abuse.
Juanita has been married over 30 years. She has four married children and 11 grand-children. Her family is and continues to be a top priority in her life
After Care Facilitator
Devan Hunt LAMFT
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Kim Palmer MC, LAC
Anna Merkley MC, LAC
Juanita Adams MC, LPC
Lisa Randall MSW, LMSW
Licensed Social Worker
Josh acquired his bachelor’s degree in psychology from ASU and has completed all the necessary course work for his masters in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University. Josh has professional clinical experience working with clients that suffer from a variety of substance abuse addictions, as well as anxiety and depression related disorders. He enjoys providing hope and optimism to the down trodden and suffering. He believes that everyone’s life has value, meaning and purpose and that often the path to hope and healing is found in the untapped potential or resources available to the client. His compassionate, friendly and nonjudgmental approach to therapy helps to establish an environment where clients feel safe to work through sensitive and difficult problems. Josh feels strongly about spirituality in the counseling process which he believes brings balance and sustained healing in the lives of those he works with.
Anna is a licensed therapist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, individuals and families in a variety of areas including anxiety, addiction, depression, grief/loss, trauma, adjustment disorders, self-esteem, women’s issues, self-harm, parenting, and couples counseling. Anna utilizes a person-centered and strengths based approach and believes a strong therapeutic relationship is essential for growth and change. Anna often uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), holistic practices, and mindfulness techniques when working with clients.
Anna is trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness based stress reduction, trauma, and perinatal mentalhealth. She has worked in intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Anna enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples.
Missy Soldner MC, LAC
When humans experience trauma, heartbreak, or serious stressors, it is common for their emotional wellness to suffer in the aftermath. Christina is passionate about helping people to move through this struggle and into healing.
Christina understands that every person is wonderfully unique, and that no single therapeutic technique fits all. Because of this, she is trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including EMDR and Lifespan Integration, both of which are holistic, brain/body/heart healing modalities.
As an existential therapist, Christina helps clients to resolve whatever symptoms may arise, such as anxiety, dissociation, shame, depression, anger, resentment and addiction. She empowers clients to move towards meaningful experiences such as mindful presence, courage, creativity, love, spirituality, authenticity and acceptance,
She has a special interest in marginalized populations, including the LGBTQ-IA+ community, and welcomes individuals from all walks of life. .
Dakota is a graduate of Washington State University, and has completed the coursework for her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is dedicated to serving individuals who are victims of neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Dakota is trained in a range of modalities, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, emotionally focused couples therapy, and somatic experiencing. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and holistic practices to challenge each client.
Dakota has professional clinical experience working to facilitate insight and healing with individuals, couples, and families. She has worked heavily with ADHD, adjustment disorder, anger management, codependency, marital distress, PTSD, and sex addiction. Dakota also has extensive experience helping veterans and their families manage readjustment issues.
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Kim graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She has worked with men, women and children of all ages. She believes in a positive, multi-faceted approach to psychology and helps her clients to find ways to use both their strengths and weaknesses to create positive and desirable changes in their lives
Kim has worked with victims of abuse, depression, anxiety, court ordered clients, ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, and specializes in trauma. She has also worked with couples and families in building better communication skills and strengthening their relationships. She believes that one of the most important aspects of a therapeutic relationship is trust and she aims to foster a feeling of safety, understanding, and clarity for all her clients. She believes that all the bumps and trials along life’s road give a person depth and teach us humility.
Lisa believes that clients become empowered by challenging their core beliefs and by recognizing negative thought patterns. Her client-centered approach encourages learning new positive ways of thinking, which ultimately improves feelings and behavior. She also believes that perceptions can shift within a spiritual framework enhancing the ability to practice forgiveness and compassion.
Lisa received her Bachelors degree in Human Services and her Masters degree in Social Work. She has not only worked with adults, but has also had the privilege of working with teens in a wilderness treatment facility, and with children in an inner city school in downtown Phoenix. She spent 18 month as a welfare missionary in Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish.
An avid tennis player, Lisa’s greatest joy is found in spending time with her family.
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Christina Parker MA
Josh received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and his Master's in Counseling. He is a licensed professional counselor with experience in working with adolescents and adults. His approach to therapy combines a cognitive behavioral model along with behavioral modification. When appropriate, Josh also prefers to use spirituality in the counseling process.
Josh has spent time working with adolescents through the Anasazi Foundation. He has also facilitated addiction recovery groups as well as aftercare support groups at Banner Behavioral Health. Through these experiences he has had the opportunity to assist clients through struggles such as addiction, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and other behavioral issues.
Josh is married to his lovely wife Jodi and they have 4 children. He loves the outdoors and traveling with his family.
Jamie is a licensed counselor who is committed to helping her clients gain satisfaction in their lives. Jamie has the unique ability to quickly identify dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns. Once these patterns are known, solution-focused and cognitive behavioral techniques can be used to elicit change.
Jamie has had great success in working with adolescents. She has experience and specialized training in working with teens who struggle with depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues. Using motivational interviewing and other techniques, Jamie helps teens create the necessary desire for change.
Jamie received her Bachelor’s degree from ASU and her Masters in Counseling. She enjoys spending time with her family and two daughters.
Craig Dalton MC, LAC
Jamie Jeffery MC, LPC
Working primarily from an attachment framework, Devan works side by side with clients to understand how relationships and other important attachment figures are impacting their core beliefs and functioning. Using a collaborative approach Devan works to challenge and shift beliefs that are causing distress.
Her advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy allows her to help couples interrupt hurtful relationship patterns, strengthen communication, and create meaningful closeness that can fulfill each partner. Devan also uses an emotionally focused approach with individuals to help them discover, accept, and implement their best selves. She believes that all people can live their best life with joy and fulfillment given the right tools.
Devan’s specialty areas include marital therapy, divorce, blended families, infertility, infidelity, relational injuries, family of origin issues, parenting, and family relationships.
Deanne Williams MC
Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has completed the coursework for his Master’s degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. Jeff has several years of experience working with clients in one-on-one and group settings and is passionate about meeting each client where they are and helping them create and sustain change in their life. Jeff utilizes elements of person-centered therapy which focuses on empathy and warmth in the therapeutic relationship, while also using features of cognitive behavioral therapy which helps clients identify and challenge negative and defeating thoughts. He focuses on a client’s strengths and helps to identify what is going right instead of what is going wrong. Jeff has extensive experience working with adults, couples and adolescents.
He enjoys most playing with his two young children and spending time with his family.
Kelsey received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has her Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in Mental Health Counseling. Kelsey has experience working with children and adults with training in ACT Therapy. She values the relationship with the client and strives to create a method for treatment that is specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the individuals she serves. She uses Cognitive Behavioral and ACT Therapy approaches to address unhealthy cognitions that impact one’s ability to behave in a values direction.
Kelsey has several years of experience working with children who struggle with emotional and behavioral challenges. She strongly believes in a family approach when working with children to enhance the healing process. Kelsey uses an interpersonal style to enrich social skills and improve relationships. She has experience running social skills groups, parent support groups, parent training classes, and co-facilitating DBT groups.
Originally from South Dakota, Kelsey enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, golfing, and biking with her husband. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Craig Dalton received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2012 and recently completed his Masters of Science in Professional Counseling through Grand Canyon University.
Craig enjoys working with adults and young adults in a group setting as well as individually. He has co-facilitated recovery groups and currently runs his own adult dual-diagnosis program at Total Life Counseling. Craig has a thorough understanding of how addiction works and also how to treat it using spirituality, connection and mindfulness.
He is a strong believer in cognitive behavioral therapy combined with behavior modification which allows him to effectively work with issues such as depression, anxiety, mood swings and adjustment disorders.
Denise Baker MC
Therapy & Outpatient Treatment
Michelle received her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix and is a licensed associate counselor. Michelle works with individuals and couples experiencing a range of challenges involving life changes, depression, conflict resolution, and serious mental illness. Michelle is trained in emotionally focused couples therapy (http://www.iceeft.com/), and loves to watch couples transform their relationship to one of deep and loving connection.
Michelle uses a person-centered theoretical approach to counseling. She believes that in an environment of unconditional positive regard, genuine responsiveness, and empathic listening each person is able to identify his or her true needs and experience insight for desired change.
Michelle is also able to provide a spiritually based atmosphere rooted in Catholicism and 12-step recovery, while always respecting the faith and worldview of every client. As a recovering alcoholic with 26 years of sobriety, Michelle has experienced the hold of addiction on her life and believes it is a privilege to share the joy and freedom of sobriety with others.
Deanne is an Arizona native who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Family and Human Development. She discovered her passion for working with individuals who were embarking on their healing journey. She has experience working with youth, emerging adults, and adults, including couples.
Deanne has years of experience working with those who have experienced trauma and addiction. She has witnessed the lasting effects of trauma on an individual and the devastating effects of addiction on an entire family. These experiences increased her empathy and compassion and her understanding of the healing process. She understands the need for trauma work, connection, and education for those struggling with addiction. She believes that people can work through difficult issues and make positive changes.
When not helping others, Deanne loves to spend time with her husband of 24 years, her four children and son-in-law.
Allison received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Associate Counselor. She has worked with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, transition difficulties, grief and loss. She has also worked extensively with adolescents spending the last 7 years as a junior high and high school counselor. Having spent over 30 years in the field of education, she brings a strong understanding of this age group and the unique struggles faced by students today.
Allison views the counseling relationship as a partnership where her skills simply complement the strengths her clients bring to the process. She approaches each client with "unconditional positive regard" and structures each session with the individual's needs in mind. She encourages clients to find balance and healing through meaningful spiritual practice and healthy lifestyle choices.
Allison has been married 30 years. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family consisting of two sons, a daughter in law and an adorable two year old granddaughter.
Allison Dukat MC, LPC, NCC