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. 

Marlo Whitson - Licensed Professional Counselor


We all experience trauma and severe life stressors' that leave us feeling stuck and hopeless. Your crisis may be a break up, depression, relationship issues, anxiety, chronic illness, or something that is so overwhelming you are struggling with life. Often time we hold ourselves in bondage to the choices we have made. I believe some of life's most difficult experiences leads us to our greatest growth. I will give you the tools to move forward from past attachments that seem to keep you stagnate in your life. We will work to find what will bring you true happiness and stop the suffering you may feel.

I have experience with teen, adults, couples and families. I am a holistic therapist using a person-centered approach in treatment. I understand how to guide you through the healing process by treating the whole person, mind body and spirit. I am excited to work with you and develop the tools you need to find balance in your life.

I have early morning, evening and weekend appointments to help with client needs. Therapy is an opportunity to embrace your experience and begin living the life you desire. I welcome your call for a free phone consultation to discuss how working together may benefit you.

Karyn Romo - Licensed Professional 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. 

Susan Weimer, PhD - Licensed Clinical Social Worker 


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

Over the years, Dr. Weimer has specialized in the treatment of:

  • Individuals
  • 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.

Licensed Associate Counselors

Varsha Prasad, LMSW


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.

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

Lavoyche Phelps, MA, LMSW


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 volunteerd 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. 

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The Empowerment Group, LLC

10201 South 51st Street, Suite 130
Phoenix, AZ 85044
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