Therapist Staff

Independently Licensed Therapist

Brittany Andrews - Licensed Professional Counselor

Therapist staff

Brittany obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Brittany has experience working with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She works with families, couples, and individuals. Brittany is trained in EMDR, as well as in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with Postpartum Support International. 

Brittany is passionate about helping others in their journey to achieve balance, growth and emotional wellness. She uses a holistic, collaborative approach, and focuses on creating a safe, supportive space for healing. Her goal is to help clients heal with guidance, care and connection.

 Treatment modalities primarily used include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Psycho-education, and a Person-centered, Strength based Approach. Specialties: Trauma/PTSD, Grief/Loss, Perinatal Mental Health (During Pregnancy & Postpartum), Fertility & Women's Issues. 

Varsha Prasad, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Your story matters. I help children and adults who are dealing with:

  • Challenging transitions
  • Stress
  • Constant worry
  • Nagging thoughts
  • Persistent sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Feeling disconnected
  • Painful memories

I aim to provide you with a safe space and the tools to heal and grow.

I look forward to meeting with you to see if I can be a good fit in supporting you on your healing journey.

Lavoyche Phelps,  Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lavoyche Phelps

Lavoyche Phelps, LMSW received her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. Upon completion of her Master degree, Lavoyche was trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and obtained a certificate in Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist through the International Trauma Training Institute.  Lavoyche utilizes these skills to help individuals identify and recognize the impact of their trauma by working through the traumatic experiences that intrude in their everyday life.  Lavoyche is  from Plainview, Texas and moved to Arizona in 2018 after receiving her Master’s degree in Social Work.  Lavoyche’s areas of focus include working with families and individual who experience depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Lavoyche received her Bachelor of Social Work from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2015 and volunteered at the Rape Crisis Center and Domestic violence shelter in San Angelo which assisted men, women, and children. Lavoyche believes that counseling is a crucial component in emotional intelligence and practicing healthy self-care practices.  She believes developing healthy behavioral responses and practicing emotional regulation skills to   assist with alleviating the daily intrusive thoughts that strips them from experiencing true happiness and relief. She encourages her clients to be open, express their emotions, and commit to making changes to their lives for the better. 

Dawn Caffarela,  Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Arizona. I have a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in counseling, and am finishing my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Grand Canyon University. My approach to therapy is person centered—this is about your recovery and healing, and you are the expert on your life. I am driven by a love of teaching and find
the psychoeducational aspect of neurobiology—exploring why the brain operates as it does—captivating. Did you know that your brain is capable of change and growth throughout your life?
I work with adults with addictions of all sorts, personality disorders (especially Borderline Personality Disorder), neurodiversity (autism and ADHD), anxiety, depression, and trauma. I will work with court mandated clients. I am certified in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy, Action and Commitment Therapy, and Brain Based Therapy. I am also a board-certified supervisor for the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

Licensed Associate Counselors

Michael Israel,  LMSW - Supervised by Melissa Cox-Pasqua, LPC

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Michael Israel, LMSW completed his undergraduate from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.  He completed his Master of Social Work degree at Walden University. Michael has over 13 years in the human services field working with adults, children, adolescents, and families in both the mental health and substance abuse arena. 

Michael is an avid hiker, camper, and kayaker and believes self-care in nature rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul.  In addition, to this self-care regiment Michael believes in self forgiveness and self-love.  “In order for me to love anyone or forgive anyone I have to first love myself unconditionally and be able to forgive myself.”

Michael has provided therapy services in both inpatient and outpatient levels of care.  He utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy as treatment modalities for the success of his clients. 

Parker Fuchs, Licensed Associate Therapist

Supervised by Brittany Andrews, LPC

Parker Fuchs, LAC

Parker (she/her), LAC, completed her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University in Psychology. She continued her education at Northern Arizona University, obtaining her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Parker has experience working with individuals and families with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder and intellectual/learning disabilities as well as anxiety, depression, and ADHD.

Parker finds value in helping individuals navigate life transitions, cultivate resilience, and live more fulfilling lives. She is experienced in CBT, DBT, and utilizes a strength/skill-based, mindfulness approach. Parker is committed to fostering personal growth and empowering her clients to achieve their goals.

Parker enjoys traveling and learning about cultures different from her own. She believes there is great opportunity for growth in practicing being comfortable with being uncomfortable. It is at our lowest point when we are open to the greatest change.

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Phoenix, AZ Therapy

The Empowerment Group, LLC

10201 South 51st Street, Suite 130
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone  602-821-3836  Fax 602-651-1244