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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 including Spanish speaking.

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

 

 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

  • Substance abuse

  • Codependency


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, human development, 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 lives, given the tools with which to work. Among the modalities she uses are:

  •  EMDR
  • Psycho-education
  • Brief therapy
  • Strengths-based
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Problem solving or solution-focused therapies
  • Meditation

Her goal is to help clients clearly see what obstacles impede their growth and 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
  • Couples and families
  • Military families and veterans
  • Seniors
  • Individuals [and their families] with chronic or rare physical disorders
  • Trauma

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, if we use the energy but are not used by it.

Felicia Marsh - LPC

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:

  • Psychoeducation

  • Mindfulness and meditation

  • Expressive Arts

  • Sandtray

  • Play therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Trauma-Focused CBT

  • Exposure Therapy

  • Narrative therapy

  • Developmental Psychotherapy

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

  • Parent Education and Support

  • Family therapy

Licensed Associate Counselors

Anna Dickson, Licensed Associate Counselor

Regardless of the circumstances, navigating our way through life can feel immobilizing and unbearable at times.  We all experience difficulty in overcoming life’s challenges and the deep emotions we may carry with us.  It takes incredible insight and courage to even notice how it all affects you, and to seek help; I find you remarkable for doing so.

I believe change occurs when one can think and feel freely within a supportive and safe space.  Together, we will assess and uncover strengths and tools you already possess.  I will introduce new tools that compliment existing coping styles and that cater to your strengths.  We will work collaboratively throughout this process, because I believe you are your own healer.  I am simply a vehicle of support that is here to facilitate your growth, enable change, and guide you on your journey to a better life.  I look forward to working with you.”

Anna Dickson, LAC, completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.  Having a deep curiosity in human nature and emotion, Anna is passionate about working with people in a therapeutic setting. She has worked primarily with those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use disorders, emotional disorders, difficulty with life transitions, grief and loss.  Ultimately, Anna wants to help others make sense of their lives, restore feelings of peace and safety, and find purpose. 

Specialties: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Life Transition & Adjustment Issues (including children and adolescents), Women's Issues, Stress Management, Individual & Couples Therapy

Primary Modalities: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Expressive Arts & Play Therapy, the Gottman Method
 

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!

 


Karyn Romo - 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. 

 

Christine Pape, MAPC, LAC

Christine Pape, MAPC, LAC

Christine received her master’s from Ottawa University as well as doing some of her coursework through Phoenix Seminary. Christine also has her undergrad in Social Work from Arizona State University. 

Christine strongly believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part when working with clients.  It is Christine’s goal to create a safe space where you can come as you are and not feel any judgement, where you feel like you have a voice and you are being heard.  Christine is certain that we all have the capacity to change and grow and through that process coming to a place of experiencing freedom and healing. It is her privilege to walk along side you to encourage you towards growth as well as working with you to find effective ways for coping through life’s hardships. You are an individual made uniquely and she believes it is important to work together to find what is effective for you personally. It is extremely important to look at the whole person including mind, body and soul because when we exclude one we are missing an important piece in experiencing true and lasting freedom. 

A lot of Christine’s experience comes through her own personal journey and coming to a place of freedom when there seemed like all hope was lost. Because Christine has experienced suffering she believes that this has given her a unique perspective and allows her to empathize with her clients in ways that she may not be able to had she never experienced all she has. Christine’s professional experience includes working with pregnant women and counseling them through the process of either adoption or parenting, addiction counseling in an inpatient facility working with co-occurring disorders and working in a psychiatric inpatient hospital where she facilitated DBT groups. 

Christine works specifically doing individual counseling. The treatment modalities that she most often incorporates are CBT, DBT, and Christian based counseling if that is something that the client is interested in. The areas that Christine works with are Insomnia, addiction, self-worth and self-esteem issues, codependency, boundary issues, life transition, stress management, trauma, anxiety, depression, and OCD.  

 

Monica Fooe, LMSW

Monica received her master's degree in social work from Arizona State University. She has extensive experience in providing in-home counseling for adolescents and their parents. Monica has counseled therapeutic foster parents, adoptive parents, and birthmothers. She believes in treating the whole person, focusing on identifying and building on a client's strengths. Monica helps her clients achieve their objectives by working together to set attainable and effective goals.

Specialties: life transition and adjustment issues, women's issues, anxiety, depression, parenting Issues, substance abuse disorders, career and personality exploration, and stress management.

Primary Modalities:  
- Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Parent education and support


 

Chris Tatsumi, MS, LMSW

Chris Tatsumi, MS, LMSW

Chris received his Master's in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and his Bachelor of Social Work from Arizona State University. Chris is passionate about serving adolescents and families and he brings a positive and energetic approach to therapy. Chris has spent the past 6 years working with a variety of different populations, including adolescents in foster care, adults and families with substance use disorders, and adolescents, adults and families with eating disorders. Chris utilizes family systems, cognitive behavior therapy and gestalt therapy model.

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Family Therapy, Eating Disorders, and Substance Abuse Disorders

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