Ayesha Davenport MA, LPC
Ayesha received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ. Ayesha has worked in the mental health field since 2003 and is skilled in working with many different populations, such as individuals, children, and families. She has provided in-home services as well as treated clients in group homes and schools. Currently, Ayesha provides treatment for couples and individual clients age 14 and up.
Ayesha believes strongly that change lies just outside of every person’s comfort zone. Throughout therapy, she supports clients in testing those boundaries and finding within themselves the capacity to endure the temporary discomfort of change and to embrace the personal growth and positive experiences that lie ahead.
Ayesha practices the following therapeutic modalities:
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Linda Gray - Licensed Professional Counselor
Linda Gray M.A., L.P.C. is a graduate of Ottawa University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. She has been providing treatment for families in transition due to domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and traumatic loss since 1993 when she helped to found the first Children’s Advocacy Center in the State of Arizona. Linda is recognized as a passionate advocate for children who provides training for parents, professionals and schools on the impact of trauma on the developing brain. Her achievements include founding a school-based gardening and expressive arts program, Healing Arts for Children’s Hearts that has helped over one thousand children overcome the effects of family violence and succeed in school.
She is the past president of the Arizona Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and current member of the Arizona Association of Play Therapy, Infant-Toddler Mental Health Coalition and American Counseling Association.
As a professional, Linda gives back to the community in many ways: offering free in-service presentations to shelters, parent organizations and preschools and acting as Internship Supervisor for Master’s Level interns in Counseling and Expressive Arts from Ottawa University, Arizona State University, University of Phoenix, Prescott College and Grand Canyon University.
Linda uses a blend of sensory, play and expressive therapies as well as cognitive-behavioral interventions to help children and families. Currently, she is interested in the area of infant-toddler mental health, offering training to raise awareness and provide support for families with very young children who have experienced trauma, loss and neglect.
Through the Empowerment Group Linda offers services for:
Families in transition due to divorce and child custody issues; foster, kinship care and adoption; separation due to mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence or parent incarceration; grief and loss
Parent Education and Therapeutic Parenting for concerns related to toddlers/pre-school/elementary school age children with social, emotional, sleep and behavior problems.
- Family Bonding and Attachment Therapy
- Play-therapy, Sand-tray and Expressive Arts therapy for a range of childhood concerns.
- Assessment and Treatment for child sexual abuse and other types of trauma.
- General Mental Health Treatment for adults.
Tyra Davenport MS, LPC, NCC, DCC
Tyra received her Master Degree in Professional Counseling from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin. Tyra is a National Certified Counselor and a Distance Certified Counselor/online. She has provided mental health services since 2003. Tyra has worked in many different areas of counseling such as with individuals, couples, families, group home, schools, businesses, churches, hospitals, and prisons. Today, Tyra’s area of focus is towards helping adults, couples and businesses thrive.
Tyra’s specialties are: life transitions, life change, self-esteem issues, self-discovery/identity issues, organization/ decluttering, marital/pre-marital issues, emotional distress, emotional regulation needs, coping skills training, occupational wellness, workplace productivity and more. Tyra enjoys helping people and businesses find solutions to life’s problems and seeing lives and businesses changed for the better.
Tyra uses the following therapeutic modalities /approaches:
- Solution Focus Therapy
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Somatic therapy
- Transpersonal Therapy
- Eclectic Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing modalities
- Christian/Spiritual Based Counseling
- Couples Counseling
- Individual Counseling (adults)
- Life Coaching
Krystal Mazzola M.Ed, LMFT
Krystal Mazzola, M.Ed., LMFT is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Counseling with a focus on couples and family therapy. She has over six years of experience treating couples, families and individuals ranging from childhood through adulthood. Krystal is passionate about assisting in the healing process, so individuals may live their most joyful life possible. Krystal spends a lot of time both personally and professionally thinking about the power of connection and celebration in our lives.
Krystal primarily uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Both of these therapies have been proven effective for the treatment of various mental health concerns including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, suicidality and borderline personality disorder. Krystal loves DBT as it emphasizes a life worth living and EMDR for allowing true healing from our deepest wounds. Krystal served as the lead therapist for the DBT program at Valle del Sol for three years helping teenagers reduce self-harm, suicidality and risky behaviors as well as supporting their families in learning these skills to assist the change process. Krystal was trained in EMDR by Robbie Adler-Tapia who has published extensively on this topic.
As a couples and family therapist, Krystal is guided by her understanding that our early experiences often impact our ability to connect and communicate in our current relationships; therefore, she takes an emotionally centered and trauma informed approach. Krystal worked and trained at The Meadows which is a world-renowned treatment center for issues including codependency, love addiction and sex addiction. At this time, Krystal received training and supervision from the creator of The Meadows Model and author of many related books including Facing Codependence, Pia Mellody. Krystal is also a current member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Krystal would love to assist in your healing process and through the Empowerment Group offers services for:
Couples’ issues including communication skills training/conflict resolution, pre-marital support, and healing from infidelity
Couples counseling to improve connection and attachment and to help individuals in the relationship heal from previous traumas that may be impacting the relationship
Post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma healing; including childhood abuse/neglect/abandonment and sexual abuse trauma
Depression and anxiety
Borderline personality disorder
Family therapy (for families with children age 5 through adolescence)
Individuals; including teenagers, engaging in self-harm behaviors
Susan Weimer, PhD, LCSW
Susan Weimer, PhD, LCSW earned her MSW degree from Fordham University, New York City, and her doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. She has over 30 years of both clinical practice and teaching experience.
While Dr. Weimer was originally trained in psychodynamics, ego psychology and systems theories, her practice has become eclectic and holistic over the years. In addition to utilizing elements of each of the above approaches to therapy, she is a strong believer in the power of each person to effect change in their own lived, given the tools with which to work. Psycho-education, brief therapy, strength-based, cognitive, problem solving or solution-focused therapies, and meditation are also tools which she uses.
Her goal is to help clients clearly see what obstacles impede their growth or functioning; acknowledge and accept limitations; plant their own seeds for stability and further growth; and move forward.
Over the years, Dr. Weimer has specialized in the treatment of individuals, children and families, military families and veterans, and more recently, seniors, and individuals [and their families] with chronic or rare physical disorders. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome.
Life is not without its challenges and stressors. Getting stuck can blind one to possibilities. Challenges and stressors are necessary elements whereby each of us can grow. Challenges and stressors provide us with energy to use; not to be used by them.
Sabit Bojaj, MA, LAC
Sabit’s undergraduate and graduate educational background in Psychology is diverse, he is specifically involved in human development, personality theories, complex trauma, psychosexual development, and social and emotional struggles. His educational background and experience working in the field of psychology, have provided him with a global, synthetic and unique perspective and approach. Sabit is fully trained and experienced Eye-Movement-Desensitization-Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. In addition to trauma treatment, Sabit has extensive experience working with adolescent population and families. Sabit earned the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minor in English at the University of Arizona and his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University. Currently, Sabit is pursuing the Doctor of Behavioral Health degree at Arizona State University.
At a more personal level, the field of psychology has rectified his upbringing amidst the war in Kosovo. Personal exposure to the persecution and death that accompanies war at the age of 13 most intimately developed his conviction and empathy. He is more sensitive to cultural differences and the effects of oppression on human psyche. Further, inadequate resources amid trauma illustrated the importance of psychologists, counselors, and therapists not only for achieving personal well-being and life satisfaction, but also for population health more broadly such that the communities and nation could move forward from conflict.
Sabit has developed many skills and qualities that will contribute to successful working alliance with individuals seeking to improve their lives. Sabit has experience with his participation in a research project motivated to understand and predict epiphenomenal behavioral outcomes based on early childhood experiences and development, as well as parental characteristics. The work experience provided Sabit with an integrative approach that combined insights from scientific fields to apply them to life history theories that are most sensitive to environmental factors to predict later life behaviors.
Sabit believes his life and work experience taught him where the fundamental problem with human development lies: the lack of family structure, unhealthy bonding, lack of healthy attachment, trauma, and the lack communication. Like Mother Theresa said: “Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home, begins the disruption of peace of the world.”
Let’s make today a good day, so tomorrow is a great day!
Felicia Marsh - Licensed Associate Counselor
Felicia received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University where she minored in both biology and theatre. She then graduated from Ottawa University in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Counseling, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in the Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation. Additionally, she has completed trainings through the Arizona Trauma Institute and the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and holds certifications as a Family Trauma Professional, and a Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional.
Felicia uses a holistic approach to counseling and views issues from a trauma-focused perspective, with emphasis on achieving overall peace in one’s life. Her specific areas of expertise are treating victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and she strives to promote resiliency and autonomy in others.
Felicia primarily uses the Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma model for addressing complex trauma histories, and uses the following modalities in treatment:
Mindfulness and meditation
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Parent Education and Support
Amy Rehm - Licensed Associate Counselor
Karyn Romo - Licensed Associate Counselor
Karyn earned her Masters in Counseling from Liberty University and believes the therapeutic journey is an important part of healing for individuals from all walks of life. Karyn works with individuals who struggle with a variety of issues from depression, anxiety, grief, and loss to substance abuse and domestic violence. Karyn is also certified in the Prepare/Enrich marriage program as a trainer and facilitator and works with couples to build on their strengths, communication, and conflict resolution. Karyn provides a caring, client-centered, relation-based therapy and works alongside her clients in an open and integrative way to help each individual achieve their personal goals.
Jean Janu - MA, LPCC, LPC
Jean received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2012 with a concentration in Grief, Loss, and Trauma. She completed graduate work in Early Childhood Education at the University of Michigan after receiving an undergraduate degree in History. Jean also worked for many years while a single mother as a self-employed bookkeeper and prepared tax returns.
During the last five years Jean provided counseling at a rural, integrated clinic in Northern New Mexico, and worked with children and families, individuals and couples at the Clinic, in the schools, and at the county detention center. Jean recently relocated to the Phoenix area to be closer to her family.
Jean believes that everyone knows what is best for them and that counseling is meant to help uncover this truth and the tools to use this wisdom to accomplish personal goals. Life provides the means for transformation with challenging events. Wisdom and practice bring about change with guidance and support. The role of the counselor is to provide a safe container in which to explore and practice tools to use in daily life to accomplish personal goals.
Jean works with Solution Focused tools, Sand Tray, play and art therapy, psycho-drama tools, body-mind psycho-education and tools, such as mindfulness, and Brain Spotting or brain/body trauma processing. Jean enjoys group work and has also worked with clients on substance abuse using these tools as well as Motivational Interviewing.
Luis Orozco, Counseling Student, Intern Therapist
Luis is currently a student at Grand Canyon University where he is in the process of completing a Masters in Professional Counseling degree. As a law enforcement officer Luis has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with crisis. Luis has worked many areas involving domestic violence, substance abuse, trauma, the mentally ill and has vast experience in dealing with conflict resolution. Luis’s area of focus is in dealing with the veteran and first responders. As a counselor, Luis wants to focus on the unique issues that affect the first responder community. As a veteran, Luis is also determined to focus on the issues that veterans face such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and readjustment issues. Luis is also a fluent Spanish speaker.
Luis’s background is in law enforcement. During his career, Luis saw that most people’s problems dealt with unresolved issues of trauma. That is why Luis was determined to continue to help people but in a different capacity. By having someone who dealt with their own issues involving Post Traumatic Stress, as a veteran and first responder, Luis hopes to help other first responders and people in general with their own internal struggles they may be dealing with.