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There are times in life, when we experience mental health issues which create a moderate level of stress. This can, and often does, affect our overall ability to function at home, at work or school, and maintain satisfying relationships. Clients interested in counseling services are usually motivated to create a positive change in their life, are open-minded, and dedicated to the therapeutic process, which means they keep their scheduled appointments, complete homework assignments between sessions, and demonstrate an active level of engagement during the counseling session. They are also willing to put forth effort to create the changes they would like to see.

My counseling process has 4 different stages: assessment, treatment, maintenance, and termination. I find it helpful to explain the therapeutic process in this way as it gives most people a basic understanding of what they can expect.

Counseling generally begins with one session each week and this slowly decreases as you successfully reach your treatment goals. It is important to note the assessment, treatment, and maintenance phases can be revisited throughout the counseling process as we will assess your progress and make changes to your treatment goals, as needed. You may maintain certain changes while you continue to work on other goals. These phases will not have a distinct beginning or end, but instead transition naturally as you progress in the counseling process.
  • During the assessment phase, we will gain clarity on the issues you would like to work on and develop a plan for your treatment.
  • The treatment phase will involve education on important concepts and/or tools that will help you reach your goals and you will start to make changes in your life with this knowledge.
  • The maintenance phase is usually marked by a decrease in sessions as you work on maintaining your therapeutic changes. Some people choose to stay on a maintenance schedule longer than others, but every person will eventually move towards terminating treatment.
  • The termination phase is the time in which your counseling goals have been successfully met and your need for continued treatment has resolved.

Services Offered

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families:

Animal-Assisted Therapy

AAT is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. It is designed to promote improvement in social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety. Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior.

EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)

Emotionally Focused Therapy, or EFT, is a proven effective treatment of couples counseling that is based on solid, rigorous research and clinical practice. The focus of Emotionally Focused Therapy is to help couples identify negative patterns of stress. Couples learn how to work through issues that have left them feeling angry, resentful, hurt and withdrawn to feeling emotionally safe, connected, trusting and happy. EFT does this by helping couples to improve their communication and strengthen their bond.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

Faith Based Counseling

Faith Based Counseling is an approach to therapy in which the insights of theology and spirituality are integrated with the principles of modern behavioral science to help individuals, couples, and families achieve wholeness and emotional health.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a specialized therapy that supports children in addressing and resolving their problems and concerns. Play therapy can help children to identify and express feelings, learn to problem solve, regulate their emotions, modify their behavior, learn new ways to interact and work through troubling or traumatic life events.

Sensory-based Interventions

Sensory-based Interventions are non-language activities to help individuals communicate how they see themselves, others, and the world around them as a result of their trauma experiences. Some examples of sensory-based or non-language interventions include expressive art, music, sand tray, and the use of puppets. Trauma experiences are difficult to communicate with words and more easily described through imagery. Sensory-based Interventions allow a way to share the experience without having to say too much.

Clinical Supervision

Approved supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

If you are interested in learning more information or scheduling an interview, please contact Tonya at or fax your resume to:  623-258-4077.